The college had a modest start in 1986 as a private tuition center. It was primarily meant for the high school graduates residing in the orphanages under DNIC. The college which was originally named Darunnajath Arabic College, remained as a private institution till it was affiliated to the University of Calicut and became a grant-in-aid college in 1995. From 1995 to 2013, the college functioned as a single faculty institution, offering only one UG program. The college was included in the 2(f)&12 (b) category of the UGC in the year 2007. With the sanctioning of two more programs - MA (Arabic) and BCom in the academic year 2013-14 and 2014-15 respectively, the college could amp up its student strength and cater to the academic needs of a larger community. With a view to making its reach accessible to a wider public, the college was converted to a regular Arts and Science college in 2018 and was renamed as KTM College of Advanced Studies after its founder, the late KT Manumusliyar. Another remarkable milestone passed by the college was the up-gradation of the department of Arabic as a research center in 2019. The college which has already applied for the university’s sanction to start new UG programs is looking forward to enlarging its scope of academic activities further.