Sir Syed college, a centre of higher education named after Sir Syed Ahmed Khan to perpetuate the memory of the pioneer of Muslim Educational Movement in India, is committed to the cause of transforming the social fabric of North Malabar through the expansion of the secular educational structure.Sir Syed college was established by the Cannanore District Muslim Education Association (Regd.) in 1967 mainly to impart moral and liberal education to the educationally backward Muslims of north malabar region.The college start functioning as a junior college under the University of Kerala in 1967. Subsequently it came under the university of Calicut in 1968 and under the Kannur university in 1996.
Sir Syed College, a premiere institute of higher education in North Malabar, has completed forty nine years of its historic journey and is set to celebrate the golden jubilee next year.
The college was established in 1967 by the C.D.M.E.A with a noble mission to provide higher education for the students of backward districts of north Malabar. It was also aimed at to bring the minority students to the mainstream sections of t he society. The college has been successful to a great extent in fulfilling this aim. It was established with only a pre degree batch and now it offers fifteen U.G. programmes and five P.G. programmes. Among them department of Chemistry and Botany are recognized research centres under Kannur University. Already eleven students have completed their Phd from these centres and many full time and part time scholars are currently pursuing their Ph.D.