Tarn Taran, Punjab: A five-year course in Sikh religion was started at the Institute of Sikh Studies, Khadoor Sahib, 20 km from here yesterday. Fifteen students who have passed class XII have been admitted to the course. The Nishan-e-Sikhi Trust established by Baba Sewa Singh, head of the Kar Sewa sect, Khadoor Sahib, has been running the institute. The trust would provide board, lodging and other facilities to the students.
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, former Jathedar of Akal Takht, being the patron of the trust, and Waryam Singh, former secretary, SGPC, while talking to newsmen, said every year 15 students would be admitted to the course. An eight-storied building of Nishan-e-Sikhi is under construction for the purpose from where, besides this institute, a hockey academy and other institutes would be run. The students admitted for this course would also be helped for doing BA and MA from Punjabi University, Patiala, through correspondence studies, said Vedanti.
He added the students would be given knowledge not only about the Sikh religion but would be able for the comparative studies in other religions also.