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Pakistan begins process to set up Sikh university named after Guru Nanak

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Published on November 03, 2019 with No Comments

Pakistan has formally started the process to establish a Guru Nanak university in Punjab province’s Nankana Sahib, the birth place of founder of Sikhism Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji. The foundation stone of Baba Guru Nanak International University (BGNIU), spread over 10 acres, was laid by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Speaking on the occasion, Interior Minister Ijaz Shah said that Rs 6 billion will be spent on the project which is expected to be completed in three phases. He said Punjabi and Khalsa languages will also be taught at the university.

Earlier, the Punjab provincial government had allocated 70 acres of land for setting up the university at the birthplace of Guru Nanak. There had been a demand from Pakistan’s minority Sikh community to construct a university named after the founder of their religion at his birthplace in Nankana Sahib.

A proposal to set up the university first surfaced during the Punjab government of Pervaiz Elahi in 2003. Two years ago, the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) gave the final approval to the project.

 “The students of the university will carry out research on the teachings of Baba Guru Nanak. It was not only the demand of the Sikhs but the academia that feels the need to promote message of tolerance of Baba Guru Nanak in the society,” Punjab University spokesperson Khurram Shahzad said.

 

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