Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee’s Guru Nanak Khalsa College of Arts, Science and Commerce is among the earliest institutions of higher learning that emerged on the educational landscape of the erstwhile city of Bombay. Situated in the heart of the city, yet in peaceful seclusion, amidst idyllic centres of learning, the college has a majestic and aesthetically-designed structure and a verdant ambience. It strives to create an atmosphere conducive to the pursuit of higher learning. The College is one of Mumbai’s old colleges; it is permanently affiliated to the University of Mumbai and was accorded the UGC recognition under 2f in 1974. Its financial status is grant-in-aid.
G. N. Khalsa was the brainchild of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar who wanted to set-up a centre or an institute in Bombay for higher education. In 1935 he put forth this proposal of establishing an educational institution for higher education in Bombay to the Sikh religious leaders at Amritsar. The Sikh leaders agreed upon this idea with their main objective of providing good quality of higher education and also to popularize Sikh culture in a non-Sikh State. Thus in 1937, G. N. Khalsa College was born in a plot where the college stands today, with the total area of 27, 642 sq. yards.
G. N. Khalsa College has produced great personalities in various fields namely academicians like Shri Ram Joshi (former Vice-Chancellor, Mumbai University), Prof. J. V. Naik, Politician and many more. The College has also produced great Sports personalities. These include a number of Olympians, Arjuna Awardees and Padmashri Awardees. The following Khalsities have represented India in Olympics: S.S.Narayan (Football), Mary Leela Rao (Athletics), Balbir Singh (Hockey), Silma D’Silva (Hockey), Lorraine Fernandes (Hockey), Joaquim Carvalho (Hockey), Marcelus Gomes (Hockey), Marl Patterson (Hockey), Jude Menezes (Hockey), Adrain D’Souza, Gavin Fereira and many more. Lorraine Fernandes and Joaquim Carvalho are also the Arjuna Award recipients; where as Silma D’Silva is also the Padmashri recipient.
G. N. Khalsa College enters the 21st century with the students numbering more than 6000, having strength of 200 teaching faculty and more than 150 administrative staff.
In spite of being a Minority institution, the college follows the Sikh ideology of oneness of Humanity, prides itself on its cosmopolitan staff and student population and a healthy, secular atmosphere. The college proudly upholds its secular ideals weaving a rich, vibrant, multicultural microcosm of Indian society.
The College seeks to uphold and perpetuate Sikh culture through Punjabi classes, Divinity classes and `Akhand Path’ followed by `Langar’, wherein everyone participates.