The history of this institution extends back to 1877 when the Zamorin Raja of Calicut H.H.Manavikraman Maharaja Bahadur K.C.S.I., F.M.U started an English school to impart English education to the young members of the Zamorin’s family. Over a century, it has grown to a leading centre of higher education, which offers UG and PG Courses in a variety of disciplines to satisfy the requirements of the academic community in the Malabar region. Important milestones in the evolution of our institution are presented below:
· 1878 - The institution was named as “Kerala Vidyasala” and was thrown open to the Hindu boys of all castes.
· 1879 - Got affiliated to the University of Madras as a second grade college.
· 1900 - The institution was renamed as ‘The Zamorin’s college’ in recognition of the Zamorin Raja’s role in promoting the institution.
· 1904 - Constituted a board of management for the good governance of the college.
· 1955 - Shifted to the present location at Pokkunnu, 9 Km. east of Calicut railway station. The new 92 acre campus was established
with financial assistance from Guruvayur temple Devaswam and hence the institution was named as Guruvayurappan College.
· 1957 - Got affiliated to the University of Travancore which became the University of Kerala in 1958.
· 1968 - Affiliation transferred to the newly formed University of Calicut.
· 1981 - Renamed as “The Zamorin’s Guruvayurappan College”.
· 2004 - Accredited with B ++ by NAAC.
· 2011- Reaccredited with B grade by NAAC.
2012: Foundation stone laid for Research Complex to commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of the then Zamorin Raja of Calicut,
His highness Sri P. K. Sreemanavedan Raja
2013: Departments of Botany and Economics elevated as Research Centres of University of Calicut
2015: Research Complex inaugurated.
2017: Third Ladies hostel (UGC funded) became functional
· 2017- Reaccredited with A grade by NAAC.