India launches Guru Nanak Chair at Birmingham University

BIRMINGHAM, UK—On the eve of the 550th birthday of Sri Guru Nanak Sahib, a new chair commemorated to Guru Nanak Sahib is being launched at the University of Birmingham by the Indian government. Hardeep Singh Puri, the Minister of Civil Aviation of India, made this announcement while addressing a function at India Institute in University of Birmingham.

Puri said that Guru Nanak was well aware of the challenges in the 15th and 16th century that we are facing today. He said that Guru Nanak Dev Ji was in favor of empowering women, environmental protection and stopping radicalization, and these same challenges are being faced by the present man.

Puri further said that the message of Guru Sahib would get preached more strongly with the establishment of this chair in this important university. He claimed that the researchers will be able to make new discoveries.

“I believe that the Guru Nanak Chair will enable further research on how best the message of Guru Nanak can be shared with the larger community in the UK and beyond, and how mankind can benefit from this message which has an eternal value to make our world a better place,” he said.  

Puri also said that the Indian government would pay constant attention to this chair. He said that usually when such events occur, attention is paid for this, but the Government of India will always help the Chair established in the name of Guru Sahib.

“First financial aid has been given for five years, but later on it will be extended again,” he added.

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  1. Be VERY skeptical. This is a shame. We don’t want foreign governments establishing chairs in the diaspora. There already has been a huge mess with all these chairs. Do research on them. Anybody attending these courses provided by these chairs should be skeptical. This is coming from someone who went in with an open mind but came back very skeptical.


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