Associate Professor Dr. Sarjit Singh Gill
Sarjit Singh Gill is from Kuala Lumpur and earned his B.A, M.A and Ph.D in Anthropology and Sociology from National University of Malaysia (UKM). At present he is attached at the Department of Social and Development Science, Faculty of Human Ecology, University Putra Malaysia. His research interest is in minority studies specialising on the Sikh community in Malaysia. Currently he focuses on minority communities such as Orang Asli (indigenous), Chetti, Baba Nyonya, Siamese, Indian Muslim, Gurkha and Portuguese ethnics in Malaysia.
He was a former Head of Department of Social and Development Science, Faculty of Human Ecology, University Putra Malaysia. On January 1, 2009, Dr. Sarjit was appointed as a member of the Malaysian Institute of Integrity till present. He has also served as Guest Writer (Karyawan Tamu) for Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia for a year in 2011.
In mid-2012, Dr. Sarjit was appointed as Chairman of the Social Harmony Cluster, Youth Development Research Institute Malaysia (IYRES), Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia. In IYRES, he has been serving as the Executive Editor of the Malaysian Journal of Youth Studies since 2008 till present. In October 2013, Dr. Sarjit was appointed as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Technical and Social Sciences, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Polytechnic, Selangor.
In September 2013, Datuk Paul Low, Minister in the Prime Minister Department, appointed Dr. Sarjit as a member of the Task Force to review the Report of National Inquiry into the Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM).
On 1 April 2014, Dr. Sarjit was appointed as the Secretary of the National Unity Cluster of National Professors Council, Prime Minister’s Department. In May 2014, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia appointed Dr Sarjit as an expert reference for the new Malaysia Youth Policy (MYP).
On July 1, 2014, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Joseph Kurup, Minister in the Prime Minister, appointed Dr. Sarjit as a Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of National Integration and Training (IKLIN), Department of National Unity and National Integration, Department of the Prime Minister.
On February 24, 2016, the Prime Minister appointed Dr. Sarjit as the Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee on Religious Issues, the Committee to Promote Understanding and Harmony Amongst Religious Adherents (JKMPKA) for a two-year term. This committee will advise the Government on national unity and integration theme.
On June 21, 2016, Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia appointed Dr. Sarjit as a member of the Independent Expert of Indian Civilization to help resolve the controversy slides in the presentation of the Indian Civilization in Islamic Civilization and Asian Civilization Course (TITAS) at UTM.
Dr. Sarjit has edited 8 books and contributed articles to more than 70 local and international journals. He also writes for various magazines published by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Malaysia since 1999 to the present, including Dewan Masyarakat, Dewan Budaya, Dewan Bahasa, Pelita Bahasa dan Dewan Siswa. He has written some 80 articles around the themes of man, society and culture of Malaysia.
In 2009, Dr Sarjit was crowned as the winner of UPM Media Personality Award. On 7th November 2013, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) presented Anugerah Citra Sahabat DBP to Dr. Sarjit as a tribute for strengthening the Malay language in Malaysia.
He is also an active writer in the Malay newspaper Berita Harian. He is often invited by the media such as RTM, TV3, TV9, Astro Awani, Al-Hijrah, Bernama TV and Radio24 to give views on Malaysian society especially minorities issues. He has represented Malaysia for 3 events abroad: Peace and Human Security Workshop organised by UNESCO in Bangkok, Thailand (2007); the Interfaith Conference in Perth, Australia (2009) and the Interfaith Summit in Bali, Indonesia (2012).