General Shivdev Singh Diwan Gurbachan Singh Khalsa College, Patiala is one of the renowned 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 institution has always strived to give opportunity to students to exhibit their creativity and enhance their academic skills. New vistas of knowledge are opened through introduction of such courses which are instrumental in instilling not only academic but also ethical, cultural and moral values among the students. The sustained effort of the institution is to "Strive for Perfection and Settle for Excellence". It is a matter of pride that the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore acknowledging its merit and credibility has awarded the institution 'A' Grade in May 2015 after reaccreditation. The Institution was given the status of 'A College with Potential for Excellence' and Autonomous Status by U.G.C. New Delhi in 2016. The Autonomous status ensures better academic performance of students by redesigning of courses according to their time relevance and usage of modern tools of education technology to strengthen creativity and learning skills among the students. The college will function better with credibility and the provision of self-governance which will raise the quality of education. The DMC and the Degree will be given to the student by Punjabi University, Patiala, the affiliating university of the college under its autonomous status.
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. It started with a humble beginning at Gurdwara Sri Dukhniwaran Sahib, Patiala with 5 rooms and a total strength of 35 students. It was shifted to its present premises in the year 1973 for which the foundation was laid by the then Chief Minister of Punjab in 1972. The college was taken over by Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, Sri Amritsar, the apex body of the Sikhs in the year 1991. The college then had around 18 classrooms and 3 Science labs. The college is continuously proliferating under the stewardship of SGPC Sri Amritsar. Prof. Kirpal Singh Ji Bandugar, the present President of the SGPC, Sri Amritsar, is a man dedicated to diligently working on his vision and mission for education. He is making unstinting efforts for the development of education and preservation of rich cultural heritage of Punjab in all the educational institutions under its management.
The institution has 20.5 acres of urban land at Badungar Road Patiala and 18.5 acres of land at village Dhablan. The campus is home to 6632 students and 211 faculty members and an efficient team of supporting staff. The Institute is reputed for its state of the modern infrastructure, well stocked library, advanced technology labs, science labs, smart classrooms, well equipped gymnasium, playgrounds and complete Wi-Fi campus. The college has constructed 6 storied blocks, Bhai Daya Singh Block of Commerce and Management. The college is in the process of constructing Bhai Himat Singh Block of Agriculture and Emerging Technology and Akali Kaur Singh Auditorium. The institution also has a Mata Gujri Girls Hostel with a capacity to house 350 girl students where students from Punjab and many other states are residing in a homely and hygienic atmosphere. Dr. Ganda Singh Career Guidance, Counselling and Placement Centre has been working with a purpose to train and provide job opportunities to students and has an excellent and enviable track record for placements.
Presently the institution is running programmes in Humanities, Science, Computer Science, Agriculture, Food Processing, Commerce and Management. The institution is sensitive to the need of innovative research, for this purpose it has setup a Campus for Research and Advance Studies at village Dhablan near Patiala. It is successfully running 17 Post Graduate and 29 Undergraduate courses. It is running innovative programs under the U.G.C. scheme. The college was selected by U.G.C. to run community college under which two programmes-Advanced Diploma in Green House Technology and Advanced in 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), B.Voc. (Automobile), B.Voc. (Food Processing & Engineering) and B.Voc. (Software Development) programmes. The institution is also successfully running Honours in B.Sc. Physics & Chemistry, Honours School of Mathematics and B.A. School of Honours in English. The college has also started M. Phil. in English