Events

QUARTERLY SEMINARS

The Sikh Education Council hosts a series of quarterly seminars open to any member of the public who is interested in the subject matter. These offer the opportunity to hear from a guest speaker or two on a specific topic related to the Sikh way of life; attendees are encouraged to comment and question the content so that the speaker can build on their research, ultimately publishing a paper detailing their findings. Information about upcoming quarterly seminars can be found below – please ensure you RSVP as capacity can be limited by venue restrictions.

Autumn Seminar 2022

10am-12pm, Sunday 4 September
OXFORD
Langar is friends not food‘, Amrita Kaur, Harinder Singh, Jaskiran Kaur

Winter Seminar 2022

1pm-3pm, Sunday 18 December
Hitchin, Hertfordshire
Paper TBA‘, Speaker TBA

Spring Seminar 2023

10am-1pm, Sunday 19 March
CENTRAL LONDON
Paper TBA‘, Speaker TBA

Summer Seminar 2022

1pm-3pm, Sunday 19 June
HERTS/MIDDLESEX BORDER
A look back and a look ahead at the work of the Sikh Education Council, Ranbir Singh

ALL EVENTS CALENDAR

Our comprehensive events calendar below comprises class day/time/venue information for our Sikh Studies course, as well as other public SEC events.

Please ensure that you are eligible to attend and have RSVP’d to any Year 2 or Year 3 classes before travelling as our capacity is limited – visit the VLE to do so.

JUNE 2022

Saturday 4 June

3-5pm

Y.2 Sikh Studies module

Sukha-Jinda Mind State
(Harwinder Singh) RSVP VLE

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

Considering what it means to be a shaheed in Sikhdom, and contrasting between different terminology that is commonly misused interchangeably.

Saturday 11 June

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies class

Introductory session

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Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

Attend this overview of the course to determine if it is for you!

Saturday 18 June

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 1 – The Beginning

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Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

Guru Nanak and the birth of a 239 year period of time in which the Sikh way of life was established

Saturday 25 June

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 2 – The Guruship

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Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

How the House of Guru Nanak gave birth to the Sikh World that came to be

JULY 2022

Saturday 2 July

3-5pm

Y.2 Sikh Studies module

Bhai Maharaj Singh
(Harwinder Singh) RSVP VLE

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

Looking at the life of Bhai Maharaj Singh and understanding how his activity from over 150 years ago set in motion the struggle of today.

Saturday 2 July

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 3 – The Khalsa

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Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

The culmination of Guru Nanak’s ideology in 1699 and the dual relationship of Panth and Guru Granth

Saturday 9 July

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 4 – The Republic

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Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

The establishment of the 1st Khalsa Republic by Baba Banda Singh Bahadur and the Khalsa

Saturday 23 July

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 6 – The Resurgence

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Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

The re-emergence of statehood under Khalsa doctrine and the relationships of the Sikh Misls

Saturday 30 July

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 7 – The Raj

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Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

The Punjab under the rule of Maharja Ranjit Singh and the onslaught of the British Empire

AUGUST 2022

Thursday 4 August

8.30am-5pm

SEC FUN DAY!

For ages up to 16

TBA

TBA
TBA

A day celebrating simply ‘play’, providing children a fun day of activities in the Gurdwara environment

Saturday 6 August

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 8 – The Stand

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Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

Punjab and Sikhdom circa 1849 focusing on Bhai Maharaj Singh & the Anglo-Sikh relationship

Saturday 13 August

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 9 – The Reformers

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Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

The work of the reformist Nirankari sect and the Kuka movement looking at personalities such as Bhai Ram Singh

Saturday 20 August

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 10 – The Revolt

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Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

Evaluating British-Sikh relationships leading up to the turn of the 19th century and studying the emergence of the Chief Khalsa Diwan and the Singh Sabha movement.

Saturday 27 August

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 11 – The Establishment

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Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

Analysing Gurdwara reform, Babbar-Akali lehir, Gaddar Party, arrival of the SGPC and Punjab’s Partition.

SEPTEMBER 2022

Saturday 3 September

3-5pm

Y.2 Sikh Studies module

Sikh Culture
(Narvir Singh) RSVP VLE

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

A study of Sikh-inspired art, architecture, fiction, poetry and music.

Saturday 3 September

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 12 – The Struggle

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Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

Following the Punjabi Suba movement from language, river redirection and border realignment.

Sunday 4 September

10am-1pm

Quarterly Seminar

Autumn 2022

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Headley Lecture Theatre

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 
Venue location

For more information about this seminar see the dedicated page – link can be found by scrolling up

Friday 9 September

9am-5pm

SikhSocs.com

Student Skills Day

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SikhSocs.com

Check dedicated website for event venue
Venue location

For Sikh Soc officers and Sikh students at University who want to develop their organisational skills before University starts for the year!

Saturday 10 September

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 13 – The Migration

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Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

Studying trends in Sikh diaspora, the reasons for mass migration and socio-economic policies in the Punjab throughout the second half of the 20th Century.

Saturday 17 September

3-5pm

Y.3 Sikh Studies

TBA

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

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Saturday 17 September

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 14 – The Challenge

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Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

The Sikhs and the Indian Govt from 1978-1999, evaluating the position of Diaspora and Punjabi Sikhs.

OCTOBER 2022

Saturday 1 October

3-5pm

Y.2 Sikh Studies module

Introduction to Shabad Analysis
(Harwinder Singh) RSVP VLE

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

Walking through the differing English interpretations of the Guru Granth Sahib and an introduction to how to appreciate them.

Thursday 13 October 

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Introductory session

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Nishaan

TBA
TBA

Saturday 15 October

3-5pm

Y.3 Sikh Studies

TBA

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

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Thursday 20 October

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 1 – The Beginning

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Nishaan

TBA
TBA

Thursday 27 October

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 2 – The Guruship

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Nishaan

TBA
TBA

NOVEMBER 2022

Thursday 3 November 

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 3 – The Khalsa

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Nishaan

TBA
TBA

Saturday 5 November

3-5pm

Y.2 Sikh Studies module

Introduction to Guru Granth Sahib
(Harwinder Singh) RSVP VLE

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

An overview of how the Guru Granth Sahib is structured, who contributed towards it and how it was established.

Thursday 10 November

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 4 – The Republic

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Nishaan

TBA
TBA

Thursday 17 November

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 5 – The Annihilation

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Nishaan

TBA
TBA

Saturday 19 November

3-5pm

Y.3 Sikh Studies

TBA

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

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Thursday 24 November 

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 6 – The Resurgence

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Nishaan

TBA
TBA

DECEMBER 2022

Thursday 1 December

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 7 – The Raj

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Nishaan

TBA
TBA

Saturday 3 December

3-5pm

Y.2 Sikh Studies module

The Institution of Langar
(Jaskiran Kaur) RSVP VLE

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

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TBA

6.30-8pm

Y.2 Sikh Studies

TBA

JANUARY 2023

Saturday 7 January

3-5pm

Y.2 Sikh Studies module

Contemporary Sikh Affairs
(Harwinder Singh) RSVP VLE

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

An outline of the major issues at the heart of politics, academia and worship in the Sikh World today.

FEBRUARY 2023

Thursday 2 February

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 8 – The Stand

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Kings Sikh Society (Nishaan)

Room G12, New Hunts House
Kings College London

The work of the reformist Nirankari sect and the Kuka movement looking at personalities such as Bhai Ram Singh

Saturday 4 February

3-5pm

Y.2 Sikh Studies module

Contemporary Sikh Affairs
(Harwinder Singh) RSVP VLE

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

An outline of the major issues at the heart of politics, academia and worship in the Sikh World today.

Thursday 9 February

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 9 – The Reformers

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Nishaan

TBA
TBA

Thursday 16 February

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 10 – The Revolt

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Nishaan

TBA
TBA

Evaluating British-Sikh relationships leading up to the turn of the 19th century and studying the emergence of the Chief Khalsa Diwan and the Singh Sabha movement.

Thursday 23 February

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 11 – The Establishment

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Nishaan

TBA
TBA

Evaluating British-Sikh relationships leading up to the turn of the 19th century and studying the emergence of the Chief Khalsa Diwan and the Singh Sabha movement.

Thursday 23 February

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 11 – The Establishment

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

UCL Sikh Society (Nishaan)

Analysing Gurdwara reform, Babbar-Akali lehir, Gaddar Party, and the arrival of the SGPC.

MARCH 2023

Thursday 2 March

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 12 – The Struggle

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

UCL Sikh Society (Nishaan)

Following the Partition of Punjab arises the Punjabi Suba movement and realignment of language, river redirection and borders.

Saturday 4 March

3-5pm

Y.2 Sikh Studies module

Architecture in Sikhi
(Ranjeet Singh) RSVP VLE

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

Analysis of the journey and ideology that led to the formation of the Khalsa.

Thursday 9 March

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 13 – The Migration

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

UCL Sikh Society (Nishaan)

Studying trends in Sikh diaspora, the reasons for mass migration and socio-economic policies in the Punjab throughout the second half of the 20th Century.

Thursday 16 March

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 14 – The Challenge

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

UCL Sikh Society (Nishaan)

The Sikhs and the Indian Govt from 1978-1999, evaluating the position of Diaspora and Punjabi Sikhs.

Thursday 16 March

6.30-8pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 14 – The Challenge

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Kings Sikh Society (Nishaan)

Room G12, New Hunts House
Kings College London

The Sikhs and the Indian Govt from 1978-1999, evaluating the position of Diaspora and Punjabi Sikhs.

Thursday TBA

6.30-8.30pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 15 – The New World (workshop)

Sikh Education Council

Southampton

Director General’s House, 15 Rockstone Place, SO15 2EP

The New World: The Sikhs in the 21st Century: are we progressing or repeating past mistakes?

Wednesday 30 March

4-6pm

Y.1 Sikh Studies

Week 15 – The New World (workshop)

*Uni students only

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Kings & UCL Sikh Society (Nishaan)

check email

The New World: The Sikhs in the 21st Century: are we progressing or repeating past mistakes?

APRIL 2023

Saturday 1 April

3-5pm

Y.2 Sikh Studies module

Introduction to Shabad Analysis
(Harwinder Singh) RSVP VLE

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

Walking through the differing English interpretations of the Guru Granth Sahib and an introduction to how to appreciate them.

Saturday 30 April

11am

Special lecture

General Hari Singh Nalwa

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Singh Sabha Southall

Learn about the life and legacy of General Hari Singh Nalwa on the occasion of his martyrdom day

MAY 2023

Saturday 6 May

3-5pm

Y.2 Sikh Studies module

A journey through Sikh Literature
(Harwinder Singh) RSVP VLE

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Hitchin

Singh Sabha Southall

Giani Ditt Singh Hall, Park Avenue, Southall, UB1 3AG
Venue location

A review of the various texts that complimented the Guru Granth Sahib and shaped Sikhdom over the last five centuries.

Thursday 19 May

6.30-8pm

Y.2 Sikh Studies

The Institution of Langar

Must RSVP (info on VLE)

Sikh Education Council

Southampton

Director General’s House, 15 Rockstone Place, SO15 2EP

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STUDENTS + FELLOWS ONLY EVENTS

We encourage all SEC students + fellows, past and present, to keep physically active and to socialise in the spirit of developing a productive Sangat. Accordingly, throughout the year we facilitate a number of fun competitive activities to engage in where we get the chance to meet informally, test ourselves and build relationships. These events are open to current and past students of our educational programmes as well as volunteers of the Council – full information can be found on the VLE.

Gaming Day

January

Badminton tournament

February

Chess Tournament

March

Debate Contest

March

Paintball

May

Shooting Day

July

Laser Tag Day

October

Football & Netball Day

November