Source: Sikh Network
On November 28, 2003 Sikh Network reported that "Sikh scholars and other participants came from far and near to the national conference organized to celebrate the 297th anniversary of the canonization of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, and to dedicate the new Gurdwara in Charlotte, North Caroline... Dr. Harbans Lal, President of the Academy of Guru Granth Studies, outlined the need and scope of the proposed Sikh Research Institute in Charlotte. He stressed the necessity for collecting data bases of Sikh theology and history. These data will provide materials for liturgy and meet a crucial educational need for education of Sikh clerics. It will also prepare the leadership for the community in the new global village."