Our Mission Statement
SikhNet is a global virtual community for Sikhs and all those interested in the Sikh way of life. We provide news, educational services, and educational materials on Sikhism. SikhNet also broadcasts temple services and devotional music over our Internet-based streaming services. We do this by providing spiritual education and resources in a non-judgemental, neutral environment intended to inspire and uplift all those who participate in it. SikhNet is a tax exempt 501c(3) not-for-profit corporation in the USA operating exclusively for religious, charitable and educational purposes.
Our policy for the SikhNet News is "good news, good will". We avoid posting political news or news that's negative in nature, rather we focus on what can inspire and inform. SikhNet is not funded by, nor does it represent, 3HO or any other sect, or organization. We do our part to create unity instead of division, we do not take sides and we do not promote or condemn any Sikh group. Our ideals are to be universal, uniting, inspirational, uplifting and neutral, and that's why we focus more on what can inspire us to be more spiritual human beings rather than on controversy and politics.
How SikhNet is funded
SikhNet is not funded by any other organizations, and relies on two funding sources (1) Donations from users, sponsors and grantors and (2) SikhMatrimonials.com membership fees. SikhNet uses these funds to employ four full-time staff, two part time staff members, to pay for office expenses, Internet hosting expenses, and to pay for contract labor for special projects, programming, graphics, bookkeeping, system administration etc.
Since we started SikhMatrimonials more than 10 years ago, many more matrimonial sites have appeared on the scene. Since we are a small non-profit company we don't have the resources to be able to compete with such big companies, nor is that our intention. We fulfill a specialized need and we rely on our long time customer base which has let us continue to offer this service. In fact, while other websites may be larger and have more features, SikhMatrimonials continues to have the most Sikh profiles online.
What SikhNet does
SikhNet is the largest Sikh website, receiving over 800,000 visits per month. The most popular feature is the Daily Hukamnama followed by many other services such as the daily SikhNet News, khalsa.com email, SikhNet radio, the Gurbani Archive, Childrens Stories, Inspirational Videos, Sikhiwiki, adult and youth discussion forums, the Siri Guru Granth Sahib online and our downloads (Bani files, kirtan audios, Gurmukhi Fonts etc.). Explore the World of SikhNet.
The SikhNet staff do web development and programming, SikhNet news aggregation and editing, SikhMatrimonials customer service, fundraising/networking, content creation (such as articles and videos) coordinating initiatives like the Sikh Youth Film Festival and events like the Jaap Sahib course, and Camp Miri Piri.
At SikhNet we couldn't do it without volunteers. The SikhNet staff and the international "cybersangat" deeply appreciate the discussion moderators, the English Hukamnama translators and transcribers, the Sikhiwiki contributers, the Youth Q&A moderators, the GurSikh Speed Meeting organizer, the video interviewees, stories for children narrators, and the many members of the SikhNet family who send us news articles, comments and feedback. We are grateful to Art of Punjab for exchanging your beautiful artwork which has and continues to visually brand our new website. Thank you so much to our donors who make this all possible. Donate Now!
History of SikhNet
SikhNet went online for the first time in 1984 with technology that seems primitive to us now. From February 1986 until October of 1994, SikhNet was online as a computer bulletin board system. For ten years, SikhNet was up and online 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, but it finally stopped in October 1994 when Guruka Singh was no longer able to serve as the Sysop (System Operator). After SikhNet had been offline over a year, by the grace of God and Guru, Gurumustuk Singh, our wonderfully talented and creative young Webmaster appeared. Through the efforts of the development team, through your donations, and in collaboration with Sun & Son (a Khalsa owned software development firm based in New Mexico), SikhNet was funded and finally reborn on the World Wide Web on March 24th 1996. More >>
Gurumustuk Singh Khalsa - Webmaster and Chief Operating Officer
Guruka Singh Khalsa – Teacher and Chief Executive Officer
Gurujot Singh Khalsa – Creative Director
Gurujot Singh started working at SikhNet in April 2005. At that time he was involved in different aspects like Customer Service Management and doing the SikhNet News. While doing Graphic Design school on the side he has taken on video development, as well as designing and producing much of the graphics and products you see on the Web site. He also helps oversee customer service with Priya Kaur.
Priya Kaur Ahluwalia – Customer Service
Here are the SikhNet Annual Reports