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Rouzathul Uloom Arabic College, established before independence in the year 1942, is the first attempt to educate and uplift the Muslim backward community of Malabar region of Kerala state by Abussabah Ahmed Ali (1906-1971), an eminent scholar and an educational reformist. After the completion of his education from Al Azhar University, which is a centre of academic excellence and a niche of many innovative and revolutionary thoughts, he returned to India in 1935 to dedicate himself for the development of the country. He worked among the educationally backward community, for he has identified that it is only through education that this deprived society can be empowered and uplifted. His concepts of educational reformation and his dream to establish a centre of academic excellence in Kerala were discussed among his colleagues and admirers. This idea was welcomed and encouraged by many equally enthusiastic personalities, thus the Rouzathul Uloom (Garden of Wisdom) Arabic College was established at Anakkayam near Manjeri in 1942, which was one of the first affiliated Arabic colleges in Kerala. It was the great vision of the founder to build a hub of knowledge, a place from where one can acquire knowledge from primary level to advanced level. A Committee in the name of Rouzathul Uloom Association was formed, in the year 1946, to expand the college and its functions and to realize the vision and dreams of the great scholar.
Rouzathul Uloom Arabic College was first affiliated to Madras University and later with Kerala University. Now the college is affiliated to the University of Calicut and Aided by the Government of Kerala. The college is included under section 2f and 12B of the UGC in 2008. The college has the minority status declared by the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions, New Delhi.
The college offers programmes at Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research Level. Three programmes at UG Level, BA Afzalul Ulama, BA Functional Arabic and B.Com with Islamic Finance, and one programme each at PG level and Research level in Arabic. The institution focuses on teaching one of the international classical languages, Arabic, that acts as a compendium which connects around one thousand seven hundred and fifty million people of the global population through a unique cultural string. The college provides thoughts and services of dedicated academicians who turn out possessing acclaimed graduation, post graduation and research credentials in Arabic, English, Urdu and Commerce. The College is keen in providing the students with the opportunities for extracurricular activities for their mental and physical enhancement. The present gross enrolment ratio, academic excellence, the level of performance, and the overall result of the college are higher than the university average. Around five hundred students learn various courses each year, out of which more than fifty per cent of the students are girls. The institution has 21 teaching and 8 administrative staff on the roll. Among this, 30% of teachers are internationally educated and experienced, 25% are Ph.D. holders, 10% are M.Phil holders, 20% are pursuing their research. College provides facilities like computer lab, library and reading room, auditorium, seminar hall, hostels for boys and girls, rest rooms and wash rooms. Various clubs and forums are functioning for the enrichment of curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular potentials of the students.