Lecturer scoops award for contribution to Sikh studies

A University of Wolverhampton lecturer was presented with an award recently in recognition for her contribution to Sikh studies.

Dr Opinderjit Kaur Takhar, Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies in the University’s Faculty of Arts, attended the Pride of India Awards event at the House of Lords in London with two Religious Studies students.

Lord Swraj Paul, Chancellor of the University, presented her with an ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sikh Studies Award’ on behalf of the Non Resident Indian (NRI) Institute who organised the event.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted that the NRI Institute has recognised my extensive research work in Sikh Studies by presenting me with the Pride of India Award.   It was an honour to take part in such a great celebration.

“The event also provided an ideal opportunity for two students to network with professionals across a number of areas, including media and medicine.”

Rhiannon Taylor, who graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Religious Studies earlier this month and is studying for a Master’s Degree in Religion and Mental Health, said:  “The NRI World Summit event at the House of Lords was a wonderful opportunity to meet and socialise with highly esteemed people as well as a variety of successful and fascinating guests from a range of occupations such as doctors, researchers, business executives, media personalities and philanthropists.”

Jasber Johal, currently studying for a degree in Religious Studies, said: “I would urge students to get involved in any opportunities that arise as the valuable experience you gain will add to your learning journey during your time at University."

Dr Takhar has worked for the University for eight years as Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies in our School of Humanities.  As well as teaching, she undertakes a variety of research, specialising in subject matter that relates to the Sikh community as well as topics including caste and gender balance.

Engaging with local, regional, national and international community groups and governing bodies, Dr Takhar has raised awareness of issues that affect the Sikh community in the UK and abroad.

Anyone interested in studying Religious Studies should register to visit the next Open Day on Saturday 7th October 2017.

Picture captions:  Opinderjit receives her award from the Chancellor of the University, Lord Swraj Paul and student Jasber Johal, left, with Rhiannon Taylor.

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Date Issued: 1st October 2017

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