Khalsa Educational Council took birth at Gujranwala (now in Pakistan) in C.E. 1889 and it was named: Khalsa Committee then. The objective of this Committee was to establish a Khalsa High School at Gujranwala. The school started functioning in the same year, in modest building outside the walled area of the town where a clock tower came up soon after. In 1905, the Khalsa committee opened another school at Sangla Hill. Another school was established at Ram Nagar. These schools were run by local committees of Khalsa Committee, Gujranwala. Encouraged by their phenomenal success, the then President of the committee, Kanwar Prithipal Singh and honorary secretary, Sardar Narain singh, advocate M.L.C conceived the idea of opening a college at Gujranwala in 1915. The proposal was welcomed all around and in 1917, intermediate classes were started in three rooms of Khalsa High School. The foundation stone of the college building was laid by vulnerable son Attar Singh on march 20, 1918 on the eve of the maiden session of Sikh Education Conference held at Gurjanwala. Sant Teja Singh, M.A, L.L.B(Pb) A.M.(Harvard) joined the college as the Principal. It was during his stewardship that a magnificent building came up to house the college.
The journey from Gurjanwala was a long and difficult trek. The Principal of the college, Bawa Harkrishan Singh, became the head of huge evacuees camp housed within the college and school hostels. It was understood that the college would be resurrected somewhere in India. One of the old students of the college and vetran Pakistani historian Lt. Dr. Mohammad Yusaf Abbasi wrote in his ‘My reminiscences of G.N. Khalsa College, Gurjranwala’.