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Dr. Harvinder Singh Sahota Donates $1.5 Millions to the University of California Irvine (UCI)

To establish the Sikh chair in the name of Dr Sahota’s mother Bibi Dhan Kaur Sahota chair

Los Angeles, Aug. 13, 2015
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Dr Harvinder Singh Sahota, a famous cardiologist, innovator of Perfusion Angioplasty Balloon, which is being used all over the world. It was Dr Sahota’s Dream to honour his mother who looked after him when he was one week old and was sick with double pneumonia. So much so he was declared dead at one stage. And with the Grace of God and with the prayers and care of his mother he  recovered.

Today, Gary Singh  asked Dr. Sahota, "You fulfill his dream by donating  such a big amount  to University....let us  know how you decide it."   Only in one line Dr. Sahota  said, "Gary ji, you always mentioned education, education and education, this is the reason i did it. He also mentioned that there are lot of NRIs are very rich but he felt that he should do something for his community."  Believe it or not, Dr. Sahota open the door for other NRIs  to think to invest or donate in education area.

Most of us we know and agreed that New technologies keep coming up and if you don’t want to be left behind, you must keep up with the world which is moving really fast. Education majorly affects our understanding of the difference between right and wrong.

It was during this time that his father declared, “That if my this Son survives I will make him a Doctor So that he will help others with  their health suffering.”

This Donations will establish the Sikh chair in the name of Dr Sahota’s mother Bibi Dhan Kaur Sahota chair. The chair is for the teaching of the Sikh Religion which is the fifth largest independent religion in the world.

The Signing Ceremony  was held on the August 12th 2015.The chair will be teaching all aspects of the Sikh Religion.It will cover Sikhism from (1469 to 2015 and onwards).The First Sikh Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born in 1469.In all there are Ten Gurus(teachers).After that Sikhs believe in Sikh Holy Book(Sikh Bible) Guru Granth Sahib which will be the center of teachings.

      There are  Five Sikh Tenets(5 k'S) which the  Sikh Observes. Each one starts with the letter K’s  which is  Kesh (Unshorn hair), Kanga(The Wooden Comb),Kara (The Iron Bracelet),Kirpan( The Sword),Kachherra (Breeches) are emblems of Sikhism.

 The Chair will hire Tenure Professor of Sikhism, who will arrange  Lectures,Cultural  programms. There will be   graduate and undergraduate courses in Sikhism. Sikh festival will be celebrated.The students will visits Sikh temples as the part of the study program. At some stage there will be collaboration with Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar. Students and Teachers exchanges and visits will be part of the  collaboration.   The professor of Sikhism will do the Research, publish books and scholarly Articles related to Sikhism. Professor will also organize student interest ,take them to the places of Historical significance. And at the later stage the chair holder will also be developing online courses in Sikh Studies.

 In California Sikhs arrived about Hundred and Twenty Years ago and started farming . The Sikhs have contributed a lot in different fields including military  in India,UK , Canada and USA and other Countries. S. Dalip Singh Saund, the First Asian American elected to US congress was a Sikh.

                      Dr Sahota and his family are very Thankful to UCI for Giving this Opportunity especially to the Dean of Humanity Georges Van Den Abbeele and Senior Director of Advancement  Nicole Balsamo of their hard work and dedication.








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