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Founding Partner Organizations

Canada India Education Society

Canada India Education Society (CIES) has been involved in numerous international and national projects designed to deepen the engagement between Canada and India, and to promote development in India. Over the past twenty years, CIES has actively promoted quality education, excellent healthcare, community development, and employment generation in the Punjab region of India. Since 1991, CIES has supported the Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust located in the village of Dhahan-Kaleran, Punjab. CIES currently facilitates an exciting nursing partnership between Baba Farid University of Health Sciences and the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. More recently, it has initiated village infrastructure projects in partnership with Babbar Karam Singh Memorial Trust in Daulatpur and Dhahan villages in Punjab.

The Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia

The Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia is one of the premier institutes for the study of Asian societies, religions, languages, and cultures in North America with a special emphasis on Sikh Studies and Punjabi language. It hosts the most extensive Punjabi-language program in North America, where Punjabi has been taught at an advanced level for more than two decades. The Department has awarded a yearly prize for Punjabi literature in BC since 2009 as a part of its annual Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program, supported by the Sidhu family.