The Hajee Karutha Rowther Howdia College was established in the year 1956 by the Late Hajee Mohamed Meeran Rowther, popularly known as Hajee Karutha Rowther.

The Institution, Hajee Karutha Rowther Howdia College, has fulfilled the dreams of its founder by being accredited with the most coveted 'A' Grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in the year 2005. Besides, the "BEST COLLEGE AWARD FOR COMMUNAL HARMONY" at the University level was conferred upon the College in 2005, by Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai.

At present, the college has been Re-Accredited at "A" Grade, with a CGPA of 3.26 out of 4.00 by NAAC, Bangalore. The college has been conferred with fresh Autonomous status by the UGC, from the Academic year 2013-2014 to 2018-2019.

Having celebrated the Diamond Jubilee year (1956-2016), the College stepped into its 60th year of service to the people of this region.

Name of the College:Hajee Karutha Rowther Howdia College
Place:Uthamapalayam, Theni District
Affiliating University:Madurai Kamaraj University
Status of the College:Autonomous
Financial Category:Grant-in-aid and Self-Financing
Type of College:Co-educational
No.of Departments:Arts: 06     Science: 09     Commerce: 04
Any other: 02
No.of Programmes:UG: 17     PG: 11     M.Phil.: 05     Ph.D.: 01
Year of Establishment:1956
UGC recognition:Under 2 (f) and 12 B: YES
Location of the College:Semi-urban
Area of the Campus:25 Acres

The emblem of Hajee Karutha Rowther College is a shield divided into four parts with a circle in the middle.

At the top right is an open book, the Holy Qur'an representing Divine Wisdom and Knowledge.

At the top left is a lotus. This queen of flowers is our National flower. It suggests variety, symmetry and unity.

At the bottom left is a bridge. This bridge is a gateway to Uthamapalayam and represents the right path to wisdom. It bridges the gap between the literates and illiterates. There is a crescent, which represents the time marker in Islam. The waxing moon connotes growth.

At the bottom right is depicted green fields and coconut trees reminding us of usefulness and gratefulness of educated human beings to the Nation.

Howdia Mosque seen in the centre of the circle was the first religious institution founded by the Hajee. It symbolizes the essence of Islamic Culture. Also it paved the way to one act of Munificence to another in the field of education.

Underneath the shield is a ribbon containing a verse from Holy Qur'an in Arabic script followed by a translation in English "READ IN THE NAME OF THY LORD" which is the Motto of the college.

Thus the emblem of Hajee Karutha Rowther College is encapsulated men's welfare and hereafter tempered with constant Prayer to the Almighty to put them on the path of righteousness.