IRVINE, Calif. — The inauguration and celebration ceremony of the Bibi Dhan Kaur Sahota Chair for Sikh Studies was held at the University of California at Irvine Dec. 7.
The chair was created by Indian American cardiologist Dr. H. Sahota in honor of his late mother.
A letter was read out from Congressman Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, who praised the foresight of UCI and its commitment to cultivate students with diverse knowledge of the world.
Venkata Ramana, from the San Francisco Consulate, reminded the audience how the tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh Ji and his father Guru Teg Bahadur, the ninth Sikh Guru, sacrificed his life along with those of his four sons for the defense of the Hindu religion.
More than 150 people attended the function. Welcome remarks were made by Dean of Humanities Georges Van Den Abbeele and provost and executive vice-chancellor Enrique Lavernia.
Closing remarks were made by Keith Nelson, director emeritus of the Religious Studies program.
Professors Jack Miles and Gerry Larson were honored with a presentation of Sikh turbans, while Nicole Balsamo, executive director of development, was honored with a scarf.