Professor Martin Daunton was invited by a prominent gurdwara
05 November 2009: In what is being seen as an indicator of greater affiliation between the Cambridge university and Britain’s Sikh community, a Cambridge professor was only recently invited to a gurdwara in the UK.
According to the available information, Professor Martin Daunton, Master of Trinity Hall and a Professor of History, was invited by a prominent gurdwara to speak to a congregation during Guru Nanak Jayanti celebrations at the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Hounslow suburb.
Referring to the development of the Cambridge-India partnership, Professor Daunton during his speech stressed on in particular the importance of the relationship with the Sikh community.
Professor Daunton also referred to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was a student at St John’s College, and was now an Honorary Fellow of the College and of the University. There are now scholarships available to Indian students at both undergraduate and graduate level in his name.
Professor Daunton also talked about the contribution of Director of Human Resources in Cambridge Inderjit Singh Seehra in bringing the Shiromani Gurdwara Prandbahak Committee (SGPC) and the University together in a collaboration to fund scholarships for Sikh students.
On 21 July this year a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the SGPC and the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust for funding the higher education of five Sikh postgraduate students a year at the University of Cambridge.
The SGPC President Avtar Singh Makkar, who was also visiting the UK this weekend and addressed the community in Park Avenue, Southhall and Slough Gurdwara.
He asked for closer ties between the University of Cambridge and the SGPC, and hoped the collaboration could be extended to support other initiatives