History of the College
General Shivdev Singh Diwan Gurbachan Singh Khalsa College, Patiala is one of the premier institutes of higher education in the state of Punjab. It has carved its niche in providing holistic education to students to enable them to confront myriad challenges in the various walks of life. The vision of the college is "Strive for Perfection and Settle for Excellence". It is a matter of pride that NAAC, Bangalore awarded the institution 'A' Grade in May 2015 acknowledging its merit and credibility. The Institution was granted the status of 'A College with Potential for Excellence' and Autonomous Status by U.G.C. New Delhi in 2016. The institution was conferred the STAR STATUS by DBT, Govt. of India in 2020.
The institute was founded in 1960 with the untiring efforts of Padam Shri Dr. Khushdeva Singh and Dr. Ganda Singh, the renowned historian who was also its first Principal. The college had a humble beginning at Gurdwara Sri Dukhniwaran Sahib, Patiala with 5 rooms and a total strength of 35 students. The college is continuously proliferating under able and worthy guidance of S. Harjinder Singh Dhami Ji, President, SGPC Sri Amritsar Sahib.
The institution has 20.5 acres of urban land at Badungar Road Patiala and 54.5 acres rural land at village Dhablan and Bahadurgarh for Agriculture and Research Centre. The campus is home to 5676 students and 190 faculty members and an efficient team of supporting staff. The Institute is reputed for its state-of-the- art modern infrastructure, well stocked library, advanced technology labs, science labs, smart classrooms, well equipped gymnasium, auditorium, playgrounds and Wi-fi campus. The institution also has a Mata Gujri Girls Hostel with a capacity to house 350 girl students. Dr. Ganda Singh Career Guidance, Counseling and Placement Centre has been working with a purpose to train and provide job opportunities to students.
Presently the institution is running programmes in Humanities, Science, Computer Science, Agriculture, Food Processing, Commerce and Management. The institution has setup a Campus for Research and Advanced Studies at village Dhablan near Patiala. It is successfully running 19 Post Graduate and 29 Undergraduate courses. The college was selected by U.G.C. to run community college under which two programmes — Advanced Diploma in Green House Technology and Auto Electrical and Electronics are being run effectively and efficiently. Khalsa College is one of the 47 institutions of India to have been selected by U.G.C. to establish 'DEEN DYAL UPADHAYA KAUSHAL KENDRA' to develop skills of the students through B.Voc. Agriculture, Automobile, Food Processing & Engineering, Software Development programmes.
The college students always bring laurels to the institution in Academics, Sports and Cultural activities. The College remains Inter Zonal Champion for last 4 years. In Sports the college has produced the sports persons of National and International repute.
NSS and NCC boast of a good strength of student enrollment and they are encouraged to participate enthusiastically in all its activities. The institution has NCC Air, Army and Navy Wing. The alumni of the college are spreading the legacy of the institution throughout the world.