Resolution In California Assembly Seeks Sikhism In Higher Education Curriculum

Hon Dan logue presenting ACR 181 RESOLUTION to Dr Kang, Sarb Johl and DhillonHon Dan logue presenting ACR 181 RESOLUTION to Dr Kang, Sarb Johl and Dhillon

NEW YORK: A resolution has been introduced in the California Assembly seeking the introduction of Sikhism in curriculum in institutions of higher learning in the state.

North State Assemblyman Dan Logue, who has introduced the resolution, said last week, “I am a proud supporter of the Sikh community which my district has the largest community in the United States in the Yuba-Sutter area. It’s about time that the California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC) system recognize the importance that Sikhism has as the world’s fifth largest religion.”

California is the first place in the US where Indian immigrants, mostly from Punjab, landed more than a hundred years ago.

Named Assembly Concurrent Resolution 20 (ACR 20), the motion is aimed at recognizing the contribution of Sikhs in various fields as well as Sikh tenets of egalitarianism, equality of women, and tolerance of other religions.

If passed, the resolution would call on the University of California, California State University, and California Community systems to include Sikhism in their various world religion classes.

“The need for this resolution is especially important after the unfounded discrimination that many Sikhs have suffered in the past decade,” Logue added.

“More knowledge on their religious practices is the first step towards recognizing the valuable contribution that the Sikh community makes to this state every day,” the Assemblyman added.

The Assembly Higher Education Committee will have its first hearing on the resolution in March.

Yuba City-based Punjabi American Heritage Society thanked Assemblyman Logue for introducing the resolution (ACR 20).

In a statement, the Society said, “Mr. Logue was also author of ACR 181 – a resolution which was unanimously passed by the State Assembly and recognized – November 2010 as Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month. We also like to thank Prof. Onkar S. Bindra for his tireless efforts to highlight the great need of inclusiveness in the state schools’ curriculum. Sikh American have been residents of California for over 125 years but their history and contributions remains unrecognized in the school and college text books.’’

There are about 15,000 Punjabis, mostly Sikhs, in Yuba City which has a population of over 65,000.

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  1. Onkar S. Bindra says:

    SB1540 signed by the Governor on Sept. 8, 2012 will allow the completion of the revision of K-12 Curriculum Framework for History-Social Science. Its draft includes the Sikhs for the first time. Thanks to Senator Loni Hancock for carrying this bill and to all who supported it.

    For the current year, I proposed the following resolutions.
    1.Resolution to appreciate the Modesto City School District’s World Geography and World Religions course and to recommend its adoption by other School Districts.
    2. Resolution to declare November 2013 as Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month.Thanks to Asssembly Member Bob Wieckoski for introducing it (ACR 25).
    3. Resolution recommending inclusion of teaching of Sikhism in World Religions Courses in post-secondary public educational institutions. It has been introduced as ACR 20 by Assembly Members Dan Logue (R) and Henry Perea (D) jointly, at my request.
    Readers are requested to ask their Assembly members to support the above resolutions.Thanks./ Onkar S. Bindra