Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, one of the prestigious and oldest institutions of Northern India, was established under the aegis of Nankana Sahib Education Trust (NSET) in 1956. NSET was founded in memory of the most sacred temple of Nankana Sahib, birth place of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, Amritsar, a premier organization of universal brotherhood, which is the main force behind the mission of "Removal of Economic Backwardness through Technology" and NSET with the same mission, established a Polytechnic in 1953 and Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College (GNDEC) in 1956. The college has recently been listed by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF-2021) in rank band 201-250 and also ranked 8th in India by CSR-GHRDC Engineering College Survey in 2021. College is accredited with NAAC ‘A’ grade for Cycle 2.

GNDEC runs seven Engineering Branches [Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics & Communication, Computer Science & Engineering, Information Technology, Mechanical (Production)], Architecture at UG level and 15 PG level courses including MBA, MCA. The college offers Ph.D. in all Engineering Branches and it is a QIP Centre under AICTE for Ph.D. in streams viz. Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Nearly 25,000 Graduates and 7500 Post Graduates have passed out from this college and are at present successfully employed on high profile jobs in India & abroad making their alma-mater proud of them.