Rt. Rev. Eric Samuel Nasir has been appointed Bishop of Amritsar by Most Rev. L.H.J. de Mel, Metropolitan of the Church of India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon. The appointment, announced at the end of March, will mean a return to his homeland for the Bishop who is a Punjabi by birth.
For the past five years, Bishop Nasir has been Bishop of Assam, in north-east India. He is closely associated with the Diocese of Delhi. He is a graduate of Delhi University and has spent the greater part of his ministry in either the city or the diocese. He was ordained in 1942.
His new diocese in north-east India includes the state of Kashmir which, because it is claimed by both India and Pakistan, is a source of conflict between the two countries.
The Anglican Church of Canada has close connections with the diocese of Amritsar. Several Canadians, appointed by the Anglican Church, are serving in the diocese.
Those involved with medical work are Dr. Florence Haslam and Joan Lew, a lab technician, at the Maple Leaf Hospital, Kangra; Dr. Isobel Wright at Ludhiana Christian Medical College and Hospital, and Miss Jean Allen, a nurse who serves on a medical team giving help and instruction on birth control.
Associated with educational work in the diocese are Miss Betty Giovetti, a teacher at Alexandra High School, Amritsar; Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Donald Peel who have begun a diocesan adult education program; and Rev. and Mrs. Ken Coleman at the Christian Rural Training Centre, Ajnala. Miss Eveline Simmons is serving as secretary to the Bishop.
In addition to personnel, the Diocese receives grants from the Anglican Church of Canada in support of its medical, educational, pastoral and administration work. These grants, together with the support of personnel, amount to $134,000. Bishop Nasir succeeds the Rt. Rev. Kenneth Anand, who resigned as Bishop of Amritsar at the end of 1967.