Responding to the call and understanding of the formidable challenges that may have to be faced in the future, Prof. K.A. Siddique Hassan, (a social worker, change-maker and orator from Kerala who worked as a Professor in University College Thiruvananthapuram and Maharaja's College, Ernakulam), shared the idea of establishing an educational cluster to facilitate the upliftment of minority community with likeminded people including philanthropists, educationalist, and social engineers.
In pursuance of this, a series of meetings were convened and it was resolved that a charitable trust namely Social Advancement Foundation of India (SAFI) should be set up for the purpose of creating the leaders in different fields and promoting higher education and research in emerging areas of science, technology and humanities.
SAFI Institute of Advanced Study (SIAS), one of the premier Higher Education Institutions in the state of Kerala was established in 2005 by the Social Advancement Foundation of India (SAFI), a leading Charitable Society. It offers 13 UG and 6 PG programmes in Arts, Science, Commerce, Management and Media studies. SIAS is affiliated to the University of Calicut and recognized by the Government of Kerala and the University Grants Commission (UGC) under 2(f). The National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions, Government of India has granted Minority status to the Institution. SIAS is particularly committed to serve the economically weak, socially underprivileged and needy students. It has a vast campus spread in 100 plus acres with a built-up area of 2 lakh plus square feet located socially and educationally backward region in the Malappuram District, 22 Kilometers away from the Calicut City towards Calicut Airport. SIAS is housed in a serene and picturesque environment. It is a partly residential campus for boys and girls which provide amenities for creation of healthy cosmopolitan atmosphere. SIAS envisages total personality development and generation of talents capable of providing leadership and direction at the cutting edge in all spheres of life.