GURU NANAK VIDYA BHANDAR TRUST, aiming at promoting education among Sikhs, was founded in 1924 by Sardar Bahadur Dharam Singh. He had the inspiration from Sant Afar Singh of Mastuana, a Sikh saint widely revered for his piety at that time. The Trust was formally registered on 10 May 1932. Dharam Singh made substantial contributions from his personal assets. Funds were donated by Sant Atar Singh as well. Among the 18 founding members were eminent educationists and public men such as Bhai Jodh Singh, Bhai Mohan Singh, Bhai Takht Singh and Professor Teja Singh.
The Trust has since been engaged in its task of spreading secular and religious education among Sikhs. It has opened a large number of schools and aids and maintains several centres for vocational and technical training, libraries, dispensaries, orphanages and dharamsalds. It disburses a large number of scholarships to help Sikh students, especially those from backward classes. At Gurdwara Rikabganj in Delhi it runs an institute Gurmat Vidyala for training Sikh missionaries and ragis.