About the Center

The creation of the Center for Sikh and Punjab Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, was approved in the spring of 2004. Located in Global Studies Department, the Center provides institutional support for the study of the Sikh tradition, the region of the Punjab, and the Punjabi communities settled in other parts of the world.

The first of its type in North America, the Center's aims are:

  • to serve as a premier venue for research and scholarly exchange;
  • to develop and promote undergraduate and graduate teaching;
  • to disseminate knowledge through publications and outreach activities;
  • to assist other universities embarking on programs in this area, and
  • to be proactive in involving the Sikh/Punjabi community in these activities.


We are grateful to the following individuals and organizations for their financial support for the Center's activities.

Satinder and Narinder Singh Kapany, Palo Alto, CA

Phyllis & Kirpal Singh, Des Moines, Iowa

Neena and Gurpal Singh Bhuller, Chester, Virginia

Satinder and Harbhajan Singh Ajrawat, Potomac, MD

Parminder Jassal and Herbert T. Head, Lake Forest Park, WA

Jaswinder and Amrik Singh Chattha, Pittsburg, PA

Carmen and Robert Chell, El Centro, CA

Punjab Heritage Foundation, Pasadena, Maryland

The Cameron Foundation, Petersburg, Virginia

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA