The Sikh Education Council have partnered with barrister Mukhtiar Singh to launch the Guru Nanak Social Mobility Scholarship.
Consisting of a £4,000 prize in a Bar scholarship and mentoring, the scheme would help improve access to the legal profession for financially and social disadvantaged students, and to promote discourse on Sikh jurisprudence.
Sikh Education Council Chairperson Dr Pargat Singh stated, “We are so delighted to work with barrister Mukhtiar Singh on this project. He is a diligent professional who continues to make a difference every day with his work, and the founding of this scholarship does just that too. It pleases us immensely to know that the topic of Sikh jurisprudence will be researched and deliberated over through the application essays; we thoroughly look forward to receiving them and encourage anybody interested in a career at the Bar to consider applying.”
Applicants need to demonstrate a strong commitment to the Bar and be from a socially or financially disadvantaged background. They would need to complete an application form, covering letter and a 2,500 – 3,5000 word essay answering: ‘Was Theresa May right when she said that Sikh values are “values we need more than ever as we forge a new ambitious role for Britain in the world”?’.
It is anticipated that the scholarships will extend to other professions perceived to be out of reach by the financial and socially disadvantaged in the future, such as solicitors, politicians and doctors.
Alongside Sikh jurisprudence, a direct aim of the scholarship is to improve social mobility, something aligned with the ethos of the Sikh faith, which saw the Sikh Gurus challenge the hierarchical caste-system of India which still to this day leaves tens-of-millions stuck in poverty.
Click here to apply for the scholarship.