(Last Updated on : 09/07/2011)
Guru Nanak Khalsa College of Arts, Science and Commerce is located in Matunga, Mumbai
. It was founded in 1937 by the Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee of Shri Nankana Sahib, Guru Nanak Dev`s birthplace, and is now under the management of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) of Amritsar that runs many educational institutions in the country. Its idea had come from Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar who had given a call to the Sikh community to provide higher education to the backward classes. That spirit has stayed with it combined with the Khalsa word of faith that the essence of wisdom is the service to humanity. Its nine-point mission statement is as much a reflection of that past as a vision of the future. While it wants its students to fetch leadership qualities to face the global challenges, it also wants them to imbibe self-sacrifice and other moral values as laid out in Guru Nanak`s teachings. The college is affiliated to University of Mumbai and received the UGC recognition in 1974. Currently Ms. R. K. Patheja is the Principal of the college.
It is a minority college and has a Gurudwara in its premises, but in no way is it confined to the Sikh community. Fifty percent of its seats are reserved for Sikh boys and girls, but the rest are open. One of Mumbai`s old colleges it is permanently affiliated to the University of Mumbai. It was accorded the UGC recognition under 2f in 1974. Its financial status is grant-in-aid. Though the University Act provides for college autonomy, it has not applied for the autonomous status. A Junior college is attached to it teaching the 11th and 12th standards, and naturally not covered by the University affiliation and not within the purview of NAAC.
The college has undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Arts, Science and Commerce as well as a Ph.D. programme in Arts and Science. Some self-financing courses too have been opened in the recent years leading to the Bachelor degree, one of them to the Master degree as well. These are run on the semester system along with the M.Com. While the grant-in-aid B.A./B.Sc./B.Com and M.A. /M.Sc are run on the annual system. The 3-year integrated B.A. and B.Sc. are taught in 6 + 6 subjects; and M.A. is taught in 4 subjects, M.Sc. in 5. There is also a provision for M.Sc. by research in 3 subjects. The Ph.D. programme is run in 2 Arts and 2 Science subjects.
Courses Offered at Guru Nanak Khalsa College
Guru Nanak Khalsa College has Graduate and Post-graduate courses in Arts, Science and Commerce. There is a provision for PhD in Arts and Science. Mass Media, Management Studies, Information Technology, Computer Science, Biotechnology, Microbiology are other streams available.
Facilities at Guru Nanak Khalsa College
The College has a campus area of 5.71 acres, housing the SGPC run Guru Nanak Institute of Management Studies as well. It has a big playground, the hub of its outdoor sports in which the college has set a number of records. The college has also set records in its NCC performance. It has an active NSS as well. It thrives in other extra-curricular activities too. Its support services include computers in a good many departments and a newly set-up computer centre, a canteen, a gymkhana, a few guest rooms, a workshop, a placement cell, staff welfare schemes and grievance redress mechanism.
The college conducts 1st and 2nd year examinations at the end of each term for 50 marks. In the Arts and Commerce stream, at the end of the 3rd year, 20 percent of the marks are assigned for internal assessment in two applied component papers. During the 3rd year, 2 tests, one for each term and a preliminary examination before the final term, are conducted by the college. It should also be mentioned here that as per the University of Mumbai
guidelines 10 percent of marks are awarded for participation in NSS and NCC activities.
Three departments are working on research projects: Chemistry (1) Zoology (2) and Botany (1) are thus in step with time on this. A panel of doctors visits the college on regular basis to provide medical service. Medical benefits are also provided to the students under Group Insurance scheme.
The college has an excellent track record of sports talent and the sports facilities and playfields provided include hockey, football, rugby, volleyball, handball, athletics, yoga and several indoor games. A number of incentives are given to sportspersons and the college is renowned for sports proficiency with the students making it to the international levels like the Asian Games and the Olympics. Great sports personalities from hockey, like Jude Menezes, Marcelus Gomes, Balbir Singh, Silma D`Silva, Joaquim Carvalho, Lorraine Fernandes, Marcelus Gomes and many others have passed from this esteemed college. Most of the students have represented the country in the Olympics and have been honoured with national awards like Arjuna Award, Padmashri.
The college prides itself on its glittering galaxy of prominent alumni which include a Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court
, academic luminaries like Vice-Chancellors, registrars, principals, ministers, MPs and MLAS, film personalities like Gulzar
, Dilip Kumar
, eminent doctors, officers of the armed forces, corporate magnates, CEOs and sportspersons.