Mahatma Gandhi College, Iritty, founded by Iritty Educational Society, is the realisation of a long cherished dream of the hard working and enterprising people of the region. As there was no institution for higher studies near the locality, enterprising people with a vision formed Iritty educational society in 1982 and sought the permission of the University of Calicut and Kerala government to start a new aided college. The society purchased around 17 acres of land at Keezhurkunnu, 4 k.m away from Iritty, in between Mattannur and Iritty near the Thalassery- Mysore State Higway, as the permanent site for the proposed college. The site is noted for its scenic beauty, easy accessibility and calm atmosphere so needed for scholarly pursuits. The tranquil atmosphere that envelops the region makes it an ideal spot for the scholarly aspirants. The college started functioning on 13th July 1995. Initially College was affiliated to University of Calicut. At present the college is affiliated to Kannur University.
Prof. M. P. Lakshmanan was the founder Principal of the College. Prof. M. A. H. Khan took over the mantle from him in 2000. After his retirement in March 2003 Dr. M.J Mathew assumed office as Pricipal. Sri .K.P. Noorudheen, Ex.Minister, has been acting as Manager of the College right from the inception of the college.