Established in 1945 as Government Training College and inaugurated on 4th July by Sir George Boag, then Dewan of Cochin. It remained as an eminent teacher training institute to churn out teachers of excellence. It was at first affiliated to the University of Madras. The college was wound up as a measure of retrenchment with the integration of Travancore and Cochin in 1949.

It was restarted in 1951 by affiliating it to Travancore University. The college has got affiliation to the University of Calicut in 1968. The College has been elevated to the status of Institute of Advanced Study in Education since 1993 with a view to conduct advanced courses in education, research programmes and to organize In-service training to the secondary and higher secondary school teachers.
Principal Vision
To develop world class teacher who can guide the generations for transforming the world to be a better place to live in where people and nations live in peace and harmony with nature.
Mission
Holistic development through excellent pedagogic training , environmental, cultural practices and life skills education.
The B.Ed course still continues for both men and women in eight subjects:
  • B.Ed. Malayalam
  • B.Ed. Sanskrit
  • B.Ed. Hindi
  • B.Ed. English
  • M.Ed.
  • B.Ed. Mathematics
  • B.Ed. Social Science
  • B.Ed. Natural Science
  • B.Ed. Physical Science
"A 100 times everyday I remind myself that my inner life and outer life depend on the labor of other men....
Alumni association of the instituition was constituted on 1 st March 2008 in the name 'Poorva Sooryam'....