Guru Nanak Khalsa College of Arts, Science & Commerce

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Coordinates: 19°01′31″N 72°51′23″E / 19.025171°N 72.856505°E / 19.025171; 72.856505

Guru Nanak Khalsa College
Khalsa College Matunga.jpg
Motto in English
"The Essence of Wisdom is Service to Mankind"
Type PrivateResearch
Established 1937
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 6000
Location Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Campus 27,642 sq. yds.

Guru Nanak Khalsa College is a higher education college located in South Central Mumbai, India.[1]

The college was established in 1937 by Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee.[2] It is located in the immediate vicinity of three other institutions of learning, namely Don Bosco High School (Matunga), UDCT (University Department of Chemical Technology) and the Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute. Its alumni include Indian Olympians and the Indian Hockey team members, some of whom are recipients of the Arjuna award and Padmashri, and Hindi film personalities.[3][4]


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 is one of the few colleges in Mumbai to have its own sports ground. The College is one of Mumbai’s older 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.[5]

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.[6]

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.

Famous Alumni[edit]

G. N. Khalsa College has produced famous personalities in various fields including academicians like the former Vice-Chancellor of Mumbai University Shri Ram Joshi. The College has also produced many famous Sports personalities, Olympians, Arjuna award winners and Padmashris. 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), Adrian D’Souza, Gavin Fereira and many more. Lorraine Fernandes and Joaquim Carvalho are also Arjuna Award recipients; where as Silma D’Silva is also a recipient of the prestigious Padmashri.[7]

Cinema entities who studied at Khalsa college include Ramesh Talwar (Director), Kuldeep Singh (composer), Salim (Script writer) and Akshay Kumar (Bollywood actor).[8]

Ishrat Jahan, a second year student of Bachelor of Science (circa 2004) was an alumna of the college.[9] She was gunned in a fake encounter, along with three others near Ahmedabad by a police team.[10]

The College also conducts classes on Punjabi, Divinity and carries out `Akhand Path’ followed by `Langar’. The colleges also houses a gurudwara within its campus.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Guru Nanak Khalsa College - Infosheet on Collegedunia". College Dunia. Retrieved 16 August 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  2. ^ "Guru Nanak Khalsa College of Arts, Mumbai City". My College. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Management Colleges(MBA) In Maharashtra". Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra". Punjab Colleges. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "History of GN Khalsa College". GN Khalsa College. Retrieved 16 August 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  6. ^ "Shilpa Shetty, Jeetendra attend Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Matunga's Baisakhi function in Mumbai". The Times of India. TNN. 17 April 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Shah, Hemali (9 May 2014). "Mumbai's Khalsa college principal not new to controversy". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Mumbai's Khalsa college alumni meet on platinum jubilee". DNA News. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Who is Ishrat Jahan? Did David Headley name her in his deposition?". 
  10. ^ Rana Ayyub (26 September 2009). "The Death Of A Family". Tehelka. 6 (38).