Professor Jasjit Singh / Image: National University of Singapore
The National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) and the Central Sikh Gurdwara Board (CSGB) have appointed Indian-origin associate professor Jasjit Singh as a visiting professor in Sikh studies. His appointment was announced at the official launch of the CSGB visiting professorship in Sikh studies, which Singapore's Minister for Education Chan Chun Sing attended as a guest of honor.
The professor, 51, currently teaches undergraduates 'Introduction to Sikhism,' where students are introduced to the foundational tenets of Sikhism and its historical development in pre-colonial and colonial India. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Leeds' School of Philosophy, Religion, and the History of Science in the United Kingdom.
Singh will head research on digital Sikhism, studying the impact of the digital online environment on the religious lives of Sikhs and specifically how Sikhs in Singapore engage online. He will deliver a workshop to the Sikh community and a public lecture open to all organised by the CSGB and NUS which are scheduled to take place in November 2023.
Professor Singh said, "This position provides me with the opportunity to teach students from a different social and cultural context to my own and to learn about how they perceive Sikhs and how these perceptions have been developed. It allows me to research a relatively underexamined but very significant part of the Sikh diaspora.”
Commenting on the appointment, FASS dean, Professor Lionel Wee, said, "Professor Jasjit Singh is a leading authority in the field of Sikh studies, he is also well-regarded as an innovator in his impact-related work as demonstrated by his meaningful engagements with minority ethnic communities and organisations in the UK. With his expertise on British Sikhism, Prof Singh will sharpen our scholarly lens on Sikh beliefs and practices, and deepen our students’ knowledge and appreciation of the Sikh way of life not only in Singapore but internationally.”