In a first, the Harvard University has started an online free of cost course on ‘Sikhism Through Its Scriptures’. At least 1.30 lakh persons have already registered for the course and online classes for the same begin Monday (August 6), said Harpreet Singh, scholar of Sikhism and South Asian Religious Traditions at Harvard University, speaking to The Indian Express over phone. The course in Sikhism is a part of university’s course series titled ‘World Religions Through Scriptures’ which was started in 2016 but without including Sikhism. It is for the first time this year that Sikhism has been included in it after varsity received high demand for the same, said Singh. “Many complained that why Sikhism is not included in the series. So it has been included this year,” he said. Other religions included in the course are Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism. Interestingly, majority of applicants among 1.30 lakh who have registered for the course are non-Sikhs and from the US, UK, Europe, Australia and other countries. “Almost 90% of applications that we have received are from non-Sikhs. People from different backgrounds living in US, UK, Europe, Australia and other countries have registered for this four-week online course. This shows people from different ethnicities and countries want to learn about Sikhism,” he added. Harvard’s online course on ‘Sikhism Through Its Scriptures’ begins from today Sikhism Through Its Scriptures | Harvard Online Learning Portal That is pretty cool.