The Development of Sikh and Punjabi Studies in UK Higher Education by Sujinder Singh Sangha

Spring 2020
Abstract
This paper maps the development of Sikh and Punjabi Studies in UK Higher Education (HE) over the past five decades and contemplates its future prospects. It provides a brief overview of relevant literature, resources and a history of the educational circumstances surrounding the UK Sikh community. The paper analyses some of the key educational activities and initiatives of academics that have influenced the trajectory of the study. It has also been informed by various discussions and perspectives of research practitioners, students and educational activists. The conclusion reached, in terms of formulating possible models for a future strategic development, has also taken cognisance of the changing interests, needs, demands and challenges facing Sikh and Punjabi Studies in UK HE.

Keywords: Sikh and Punjabi Studies, Higher Education, United Kingdom

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Sujinder Singh Sangha* – Former Principal and CEO of Stockton Riverside College (UK)