April 22, 2004
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Balwant Singh, professor emeritus of management at Bucknell University, is featured with his wife, Bimla Kaur, in the chapter, "Economics and Youth Camps," in the book, Among the Sikhs: Reaching for the Stars.
The book, written by Surjit Kaur, includes chapters by 33 other Sikhs who left India to begin new lives in Canada, England and the United States.
Singh and his wife began holding Sikh Youth Camps in Lewisburg in 1974. Since 1983 they have been collecting books for the International Sikh Youth Symposium held annually in various countries in the Western Hemisphere. Each year nearly 2,000 Sikh boys and girls read these books and deliver speeches at zonal and national levels.
Singh, who joined the Bucknell faculty in 1967, retired in 1993. While at Bucknell he held the Christian R. Lindback Chair in Business Administration and served as a visiting scholar at Cambridge University in 1979 and 1987. In 1993 the Singhs received the Burma-Bucknell Award for International and Intercultural Understanding.
The recipient of degrees in economics from Punjab University and the Wharton School as well as a master's degree in statistics from the Delhi School of Economics, he was a research fellow with Nobel Laureate Lawrence R. Klein at the University of Pennsylvania.
He is the author of papers on financial theory, development economics, urban economics and econometrics.
"I was especially delighted to learn about this honor for Balwant's contributions to education for the Sikh community. It certainly confirms our experience of his passionate and effective commitment to his students and colleagues at Bucknell," said senior colleague John Miller, Bucknell professor of management and former department chair.
Founded more than 500 years ago, Sikhism is the world's fifth largest religion with a following of more than 20 million people worldwide.