On 1 November 2019 Honourable Union Minister of India, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri announced the award to the University of the UK Chair of Sikh Studies during the University of Birmingham India Institute’s Annual Guest Lecture, where he spoke on 'The contemporary relevance of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji's message of inter-faith harmony'.
The Annual Guest Lecture was hosted in the Great Hall at the University of Birmingham with 350 distinguished guest in attendance to hear Minister Puri's guest lecture. The event was created in collaboration with the High Commission of India with support from Professor Nathu Puri.
During the event, Minister Puri announced that the University of Birmingham had been awarded the Guru Nanak Chair in Sikh Studies for the United Kingdom. High Commissioner of India to UK, Mrs. Ruchi Ghanashyam, congratulated the British-Indian community for its partnership on various projects to celebrate the auspicious occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, whose life and teachings inspire Indians belonging to all faiths across the globe.
Consul General of India in Birmingham, Dr. Aman Puri commented: “I am delighted that the University of Birmingham has partnered on this prestigious academic Chair, as its India Institute is playing such an important role in improving collaboration between India and the UK.