The Sarbjit Aurora Endowed Chair in Sikh and Punjabi Studies was established for the purpose of supporting research and teaching pertaining to the global Sikh community in the context of multiculturalism and globalization.
The chair was envisioned in 2007 by Hardit and Harbhajan K. Singh, through the Sikh Foundation, to fund an endowed chair in Sikh and Punjabi studies in the History Department. It was established in memory of the donor's son to support research and teaching about the Sikh community from a multicultural and global perspective, including, but not limited to foci on gender, diaspora, and literary, historical, and cultural studies.
"The Sikhs have been in California for more than 100 years, and the Sarbjit Singh Aurora Endowed Chair in Sikh and Punjabi Studies provides an opportunity for students to learn more about Sikh religion, history, arts, culture and diaspora," said Dr. Narinder S. Kapany, chairman and founder of the Sikh Foundation. "The chair is an excellent basis for comprehensive study and research in Sikh studies at UC Santa Cruz."Professor of Economics Nirivikar Singh was appointed the first chair-holder of this endowment in December 2010.