Guru Nanak Dev University was established in 1969 to commemorate the 500th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev , the first Guru of the Sikhs. The foundation stone of the Guru Nanak Dev Uniersity was laid on 24 November 1969 by the then President of India , Late Shri V.V.Giri The University is catering to the needs of higher education in this border belt.The beautifull sprawling campus over an area of 500 acres has at present colleges under its jurisdiction in the districts of Amritsar,Gurdaspur,Jalandhar & Kapurthala.The university teaching & research departments in arts,social sciences ,laws,pures & applied sciences .Special emphasis is given on teaching & promotion of research in applied sciences & technology .The University library being the nucleus is housed in modern building , which is an architectural landmark in Asia . The University is leading in the field of sports.It won for the 18th time in succession the coveted Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad Trophy which is awarded by the Government of India to the best University in sports.In the cultural field also, the University has achieved a number of distinctions.http://www.gndu.ac.in
Khalsa College, Amritsar
Khalsa College Amritsar which has successfully completed one hundred years of its existence has over this period carved for itself a unique niche on the educational map of the country.The high administrative acumen, unflagging zeal and sincerity of purpose of the teachers has steered the college to attain high academic laurels .
The History of the college is practically the history of renaissance among the Sikhs .There is hardly any eminent educated Sikhs of the other generation who had not at one time or the other been connected with this reputed institution.
The flickering torch of religious, social and political life among the Sikhs that was becoming dimmer and dimmer after the fall of the Sikh empire has not only been kept burring by this college but it has also contributed a lot to spread Knowledge, even to the remotest parts of the country. The Institution has a big hand in elevating the community to its present enviable position in the field of education and social uplift .With the establishment of the college in 1892, began a movement for the education of Sikh boys and girls on an extensive scale .
The main objective of the college was to spread amongst the Sikhs modern education on western lines, so that they were kept abreast of the times. The avowed aim of its founding fathers was the eradication of ignorance, illiteracy and pernicious social evils bedewelling the Indian society through the spread of enlightened, progressive and value-oriented education in the fields of humanities, agriculture and science and technology. Propagation of Sikh cultural heritage and promotion of Punjabi language were its other professed goals.
Although the stress was laid on moulding and reshaping Punjab Youth according to the Sikh ideals, Khalsa College has always maintained a secular stance and outlook ever since its inception. This is borne out by fact that students of all castes and creeds have always been on the rolls of the college. The secular stance was maintained even at a time when terrorism was at its peak in the State.
The majestic and stately building of the College is a fine specimen of architecture. The layout plan of the splendid building was prepared by S.Ram Singh, Vice- Principal, Mayo School of Arts, Lahore and the construction was carried out under the supervision of a reputed engineer, Dharam Singh, The establishment of the College was a result of joint efforts of various intellectuals and princes of the chief sects of Sikhs, who wanted to give a new direction to education.http://www.khalsacollegeamritsar.org