The Guru Nanak Institute of Global Studies is officially launched

THE Guru Nanak Institute of Global Studies (GNI) that was officially launched on Tuesday will provide a world-class infrastructure and academic environment for research and teaching on Sikh philosophy, history, literature, culture, and devotional music in an interdisciplinary manner.

The GNI held a media event at Surrey City Hall.

GNI is a PTIB (Private Training Institution Branch) approved, non-profit educational and research institute that was founded in 2021 to commemorate Guru Nanak’s 550th anniversary. The name Guru Nanak (the revealer of Sikhi) is synonymous with equality, equity, justice, compassion, open dialogue, spiritual revolution, life-long learning, and emancipatory teaching.

GNI has three programs: 1) Sikh Studies Diploma, 2) Punjabi Studies Certificate, and 3) Gurmat Music Diploma, and applications for all these programs are now open. These programs are the first of their kind across North America and supported by GNI’s faculty of globally based university professors from a variety of fields and disciplines, with strong representation from Canadian post-secondary institutions, along with an academic board of educators and researchers from Canada, the USA, the UK and India. At this point all programs will be administered in an online learning environment.

Embracing the principles of Guru Nanak, GNI is committed to celebrating cultural diversity and a spirit of co-existence through research, education and service. Not exclusive to the Sikh community, GNI welcomes people from all communities, regardless of their background, religion or beliefs. They are also committed to being cost-effective with an incredibly accessible pricing model compared to similar private institutes and by providing financial aid by way of scholarships and bursaries to deserving students, looking at not only academic achievements but family income, community involvement and sports/other personal achievements. GNI will expand their program offerings to include graduate studies and is already in the process of finalizing MOU’s with partner universities.

(L-R) Kwantlen First Nations’ Kevin Kelly, Executive Director of the SFU Surrey campus Stephen Dooley, Gian Singh Sandhu and Kwantlen First Nations’ Michael Kelly at Surrey City Hall.

Board Chair, Gian Singh Sandhu, explained, “We are committed to promoting our values of service to humanity, cross-cultural understanding, the lifelong pursuit of learning, critical thinking, and diversity in all its forms. We will ensure equal and open access to all prospective students by alleviating funding and other financial barriers. We firmly believe that no student should be denied education due to a lack of financial means and to support this philosophy we have a very liberal scholarship and bursary policy.”

Photo by JAY SHARMA of Mahi Photo Studio

Photo by JAY SHARMA of Mahi Photo Studio

Former Deputy Minister of Education, David Byng, stated, “I’m very excited to support the Guru Nanak Institute of Global Studies joining the ranks of British Columbia’s post-secondary sector. As our province becomes a more diverse and inclusive society, GNI will be a tremendous resource to both local and global learners and is a fantastic addition to the post-secondary landscape.”
Among those in attendance were Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum and Surrey Board of Trade President and CEO Anita Huberman.

Applications for all programs are now open, prospective students can learn more about the courses and apply at:

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