The CIC made a humble beginning in the year 2000 as an academic coordinating committee of a few Islamic colleges following a standardized curriculum and academic programmes. A precursor of this journey had started in mid 1990s at K.K.H.M. Islamic and Arts College, under Markazu Tharbiyathil Islamiyya, in Karthala of Malappuram District. Later, the CIC came into existence as an academic confederation of the various colleges who had shown interest in this programme and courses of study. The coordination has grown exponentially over a short span of time and became an academic umbrella of 65 colleges.   

Registered as an autonomous organization under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 (Regi. No: 379/04), the CIC has grown to become a multi-layered organisation, with a senate, a syndicate, an advisory board and various sub-committees such as Academic Council, Examination Board and finance committee, directives of which are binding on each affiliated college. At present, Wafa Campus, Pang is the headquarters of the the CIC.

The CIC currently implements two courses called Wafy and Wafiyya, for boys and girls respectively, at its affiliated colleges.

The names of the courses were derived from the Arabic stem ‘Wafa’, and its derivative ‘Awfa’ as used in the Quranic verse: “…..and anyone who fulfils what he has covenanted with Allah, Allah will soon grand him a great reward” (Fatah).

Wafy is an eight-year programme in Islamic studies (comprising two-year preparatory, four-year undergraduate and two-year postgraduate courses) coupled with a recognized University degree in any secular discipline.

Wafiyya is a five-year course in Islamic studies (comprising two-year preparatory and three-year undergraduate courses) coupled with a recognized University degree in any secular discipline.

Both the courses were tailored to mould a new and promising generation of Islamic scholars with in-depth knowledge both in Islamic studies and secular discipline.

Wafy is a modified and upgraded version of Al Muthavval course, a part of the erstwhile Nizamiyya Syllabus which had been adopted by most of the traditional Islamic colleges and seminaries in India for centuries.

While retaining the spirit of the traditional syllabus intact, modification was achieved by introducing new topics and updating some traditional subjects. These measures were introduced to meet the new challenges and needs of time.