College of Engineering, Trivandrum
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|College of Engineering, Trivandrum|
|Motto||Karma Jyāyohy Akarmaņah
"Action is superior to inaction (Srimad Bhagvad Gita: Chapter 3, Verse 8)"
|Established||3 July 1939|
|Type||Education and research|
|Principal||Dr S SHEELA|
|Location||Trivandrum, Kerala, India|
|Campus||125 acres (500,000 m²)|
The College of Engineering, Trivandrum, commonly known as CET, is situated in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. Founded in 1939, it is the top ranked engineering college in Kerala . It has also got place in the top engineering schools in India. The college was ranked 18th overall among 100 Top Engineering colleges of the country by Dataquest-CMR Top T-Schools Survey 2011.  
- 1 General information
- 2 History
- 3 Academic programmes
- 4 Admissions
- 5 Accreditation (BTech and postgraduate)
- 6 Facilities
- 7 Student organisations
- 8 Student activities
- 9 Milestones
- 10 Notable alumni
- 11 Films
- 12 References
- 13 External links
The college began on 3 July 1939 as a part of the erstwhile University of Travancore, Kerala, India. The college campus is situated in Kulathoor near Sreekariyam, 13 km from Thiruvananthapuram Central (railway station). Extending over 125 acres (500,000 m²) of land, it has one of the most spacious campuses in the country.
The main building resembles a spanner from the air, around which are spread the departmental buildings, library block, laboratories, workshops, hostels, a planetarium, staff quarters, and stadiums. The campus is one of the greenest in the country, and has won accolades from environmentalists and nature enthusiasts alike.
In 1990, the Department of Science and Technology, government of India, ranked the college as one among the high ranking institutions in comparison with the performance of National Institute of Technology(NITs) in the area of training and placement.
It is one of the few technical institutions in South India, which admits students mostly on a merit basis through an All Kerala Engineering Entrance Examination. Admission to this institution requires good ranks in this examination. Besides the regular BTech, BArch and MTech programmes, the college also conducts Part Time BTech classes for meritorious Diploma Holders.
The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research IISER, Trivandrum functions from the campus. The college also extends lab facilities to the students of the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology IIST, Trivandrum. There is a proposal to convert CET to a Centre of Excellence, upgrading it to a 'Kerala Institute of Technology(KIT)'.Then a Technical University can grow around it.  The college has a student community which runs technical and cultural inter-collegiate festivals. There are several unusual aspects at CET, including a lingo of its own and customs such as 'Demo Week', where final year students dress up according to themes. 
On 3 July 1939, when war clouds were looming large over the skies of Asia, the college formally came into existence. The institution owes its foundation to the vision of His Highness the Maharaja of Travancore, Sree Chitra Tirunal Balarama Varma.
It had its birth in the congested housing in the former office and bungalow of the Chief Engineer (which is now the office of the Postmaster General (PMG)).
Maj. T. H. Mathewman was appointed as the first principal of the college with Vastuvidya Kushala Sri, Balakrishna Rao and Prof. D. L. Deshpande on the faculty. The college had an intake of 21 students each for the Degree courses in Civil, Mechanical and Electrical branches of Engineering, under the then Travancore University.
In 1960, the college was shifted to its present 45 hectare campus at Kulathoor. The undergraduate and postgraduate courses are accredited by AICTE. The college has a library,a central computing facility and a planetarium.
With the establishment of the Directorate of Technical Education in the late 1950s, the college administration came under the direct control of the Government.
Regular (B.Tech, B.Arch)
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical and Electronics Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electronics and Communication Engineering
- Computer Science and Engineering
- Applied Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Architecture (BArch)
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical and Electronics Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electronics and Communication Engineering
- Computer Science and Engineering
Masters in Technology
Civil Engineering(part time and full time )
- Geoinformatics Engineering
- Structural Engineering
- Geotechnical Engineering
- Hydraulics Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Transportation Engineering
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
- Power System
- Control System
- Control and Guidance
- Electrical Machines
- Thermal Science
- Machine Design
- Propulsion Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
Electronics and Communication Engineering
- Microwave and TV Engineering
- Applied Electronics and Instrumentation
- Signal Processing
Computer Science and Engineering
- Computer Science and Engineering
- Information Security
Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
The Department of Business Administration provides full-time and part-time courses for MBA.
CET started its MBA programme in 1985 on a part-time basis and the MBA full-time course was started in the year 2000 as per Government of Kerala initiative for providing quality management education. The MBA full-time course currently has an annual intake of 60 students, purely on merit basis, which is likely to get increased to 120 by 2013. CET-MBA is one of the premier management programmes in South India.
Electives are offered in the following areas of specialisation (dual):
Marketing Management, Finance Management, Systems Management, Human Resources Management, Operations Management.
Kalpatha, the flagship event of the Department of Business Administration, has been graced by prominent speakers from the industry and academic areas.
The Department of Business Administration organised a one-day national conference on `Strategic Crisis Leadership' on 20 November 2009. Styled Kalpatha '09, it was the ninth in the annual series to be held at the Travancore Hall of Technopark, Trivandrum. The event included presentations by personalities like Dr. George Sleeba (Chairman and managing director FACT Ltd), Mr. V. K. Mathews (founder and CMD of the IBS Group), Prof. T T Narendran (Management Studies IIT-Madras), Mr. Girish G Vaidya (Senior vice-president and Head, Infosys Leadership Institute
Master of Computer Applications
The MCA department came into exitence in the late 1980s. The intake is 30 students per year. The selection process is based on the All Kerala entrance examination conducted by the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations, Trivandrum. For more details of this department, see http://www.mca.cet.ac.in/
The institute admits students based on the following entrance exams.
- Undergraduate programmes
- Kerala Engineering Entrance Examination, KEAM conducted by the Office of the Commissioner of Entrance Exams run by the Government of Kerala.
- Postgraduate programmes
- Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) conducted by the Indian Institutes of Technology, IITs.
- MCA Kerala MCA Entrance Examination, conducted by the Office of the Commissioner of Entrance Exams run by the Government of Kerala.
- MBA Management Attitude Test (MAT) conducted by the All India Management Association and CMAT conducted by AICTE.
Accreditation (BTech and postgraduate)
The National Board of Accreditation (NBA)has accredited the following courses of the college.
- BTech – Civil Engineering, 5 years from May 2007
- BTech – Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 5 years from May 2007
- BTech – Electronics and Communication Engineering, 5 years from May 2007
- BTech – Mechanical Engineering, 5 years from May 2007
- B.Arch – Architecture, 5 years from May 2007
- BTech – Computer Science and Engineering, 5 years from May 2007
- BTech – Industrial Engineering, 5 years from Aug 2007
- BTech – Applied Electronics and Instrumentation, 5 years from Aug 2007
- MCA – Computer Applications, 3 years from May 2007
Benefits of the NBA accreditation are AICTE preferential funding, top preference from companies conducting campus interviews, exemption from undergoing eligibility tests for higher studies and employment in foreign countries that have a tieup with NBA.
- Electrical Engineering Testing Lab
- Career Guidance and Placement Unit (CGPU)
- Indoor Stadium
- Open Air Theater
- Wifi Connectivity
Electrical Engineering Testing Lab
The testing centre of the Department of Electrical Engineering has been started in 1977. Later the lab was accredited by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). It is also accredited by NABL on 23 December 2010. The lab has the facility of doing all type tests as per IS 13010-2002 and 13779-1999.
Entrepreneurship Development Cell
The Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) is a fully functioning student body registered under the Technology Business Incubator of the College of Engineering Trivandrum. The club provides a platform for students with ideas to convert them into business reality. The stated aim of EDC is to foster a student start-up culture in the institution. Club activities include seminars by world-renowned firms such as Blackberry, classes on the basics of the Stock Market, sponsorship activities, talks with prominent start up ventures and trips to events all over India like Hackathons and Entrepreneurship Conferences.The Entrepreneurship Development Cell, started in late 2011, already has 3 start-ups registered under it.
ISTE Student Chapter
The ISTE(Indian Society for Technical Education) Student Chapter is the largest technical society in the college with more than 80% of the student body as its members. It provides a platform for students to showcase their talents. Ever since its formation, ISTE Students Chapter has helped its members scale heights of technical excellence through the numerous events it has conducted. The ISTE Student Chapter has successfully organised intra-collegiate tech fests such as Prarambh, Exodus, Semfiesta and Persona along with several talks,workshops, quizzes and business events every year. There have been two National Level techfests 'Aavishkar' in the year 2006 and 2009.ISTE CET is the best ISTE student chapter in India.
IEEE Student Branch
IEEE activities in CET were initiated on 15 June 1983 as student branch under the Kerala section.It was revived in the year 2008. As of January 2012, CET IEEE Student Branch has around 100 student members. The Student Branch has a library. One affinity group called IEEE Women in Engineering is running under this Student Branch and two societies namely Computer society and Communication Society.The student branch won many prizes as well as represented the college in many international avenues including the best website award in the Asia Pacific region in 2010,represented Kerala in the Asia Pacific Student Congress at New Zealand,Won prizes in the student poster and paper contest at the Global Humanitarian Technology conference at Seattle etc.The team of student branch officers is consisting of Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.
IET Student Branch
The IET(Institution of Engineering and Technology) is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries and offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. The IET provides a global knowledge network to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology in the world.The Institution of Engineering and Technology Students chapter in College of Engineering was initiated on 2009.
The National Service Scheme primarily stands for channelising the student youth for building the nation. The youth in all ages has been in the vanguard of progress and social change.In 18 October 2006 NSS CET (with unit no. 147) was inaugurated. NSS is now the most active organisation in the college. NSS cet is now capable of conducting even more than 25 programmes a year in midst of a busy academic schedule.Also from a bunch of students at the time of formation, the number of NSS volunteers is now more than a hundred. Also NSS cet is now an established one with a website and a special room for its activities.http://www.nsscet.org Last year NSS even came up with an Alumni section, a rare thing for an organization in college.
RoboCET is the robotics club of CET formed by a group of robotic enthusiasts among the students of the college. RoboCET was established in April 2008. The activities of this club include conducting classes, workshops and exhibitions on robotics. RoboCET has organised various robotics competitions inside and outside the college. This club is renowned for the achievements of its members in different robotics competitions conducted annually in various colleges in South India.
Dhwani is the annual cultural festival of CET.It is known for its organisation and activities.It is a four-day long event held every year and attracts a crowd of 40,000 students and young people from across the country, making it one of the largest such fests in kerala.Dhwani events include speaking, dancing, thespian, quizzing and word games, professional shows (nicknamed proshows) and workshops on music, fashion, art, and dance.
Drishti is the annual technical festival of CET.It is known for its organisation and activities.It is a three-day long event held every year and attracts a crowd of 5,000 students and young people from across the country, making it one of the largest such fests in kerala.
Several departments organise department festivals.
|Dot Slash||Computer Science and Engineering|
1939 College started with three streams – Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering with 21 students per stream in a campus which is presently the office of Post Master General. The degree awarded was BSc Engineering.
1958 Started MSc Engineering courses in Civil Engineering and Electrical Engineering (Hydraulics Engineering, Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering and Electrical Machines).
1960 Shifting of the college into the present college campus.
1962 MSc Engineering course started under the Mechanical Engineering Department (Thermal Science Engineering and Machine Design).
1964 Department of Architecture was started with part-time faculty.Two more streams in MSc Engineering under Electrical Engineering course started (Control Systems, Power Systems). Department of Electronics and Communication started.
1965 Silver Jubilee celebration of the College of Engineering. The function was inaugurated by the prime minister the late Sri. Lal Bahadur Shastri.
1967 Department of Architecture expanded with full-time faculty.
1969 Part-time undergraduate course for Mechanical Engineering started.
1970 B.Arch degree instituted for the Architecture Engineering course.
1972 Post Graduate course in Microwave and Television Engineering started under Electronics and Communication Engineering Department.
1974 Part-time undergraduate course in Civil Engineering started.
1975 Part-time undergraduate course in Electrical Engineering started.
1976 MSc Engineering in Environmental Engineering started. Course in Architecture Engineering recognised by Indian Institute of Architects.
1977 CETAA constituted and constitution and rules approved in a general body meeting.
1977 Electrical testing lab started under Electrical Engineering Department.
1981 Applied Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering started under Department of Electronics.
1982 MSc Engineering courses in Propulsion Engineering and Transportation Engineering started. BSc Engineering in Industrial Engineering started under Mechanical Engineering Department. Part-time undergraduate course in Electronics and Communication Engineering started.
1984 Centre for Water Resources and Management started. Career Guidance Placement Unit Started. MSc Engineering in Guidance and Navigational Control started. Started BTech course in Computer Science and Engineering. Started a course in Master of Computer Applications.
1985 Part-time course in Management of Business Administration started.Course Degree name BSc Engineering changed to BTech Degree and MSc Engineering to MTech Degree.
1986 Postgraduate course in Applied Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering started. Course name Electrical Engineering changed to Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
1988 Part-time postgraduate course in Electrical and Electronics Engineering started. Postgraduate course in Architecture Engineering started. Part-time postgraduate course in Electronics and Communication Engineering and Applied Electronics and Instrumentation started. Part-time postgraduate in any one stream of the five streams in Civil Engineering started. Postgraduate course in Industrial Engineering started.
1989 Golden Jubilee Celebration of the College. Part-time postgraduate course in Electrical and Electronics Engineering started. Postgraduate course in Architecture Engineering started.
1990 Computer Aided and Drafting facility started in Department of Architecture. Part-time postgraduate course in Mechanical Engineering started.
1991 Implementation of IMPACT project in Computer Science and Electronics and Communication Departments.
1994 Centre for Computing Facility started. Architecture Department shifted to new building.
1996 An Extension counter of sub-treasury Kazhakuttam started. A one time BTech Degree course for Polytechnic teachers started in the Department of Civil Engineering.
1997 Sustainability support scheme initiated by Ministry of Information Technology is a continuation IMPACT Project in the Department of Computer Science Engineering.
1998 Continuing Centre for Education (CCE) started. Subtreasury started functioning in the college.
1999 Part-time undergraduate course in Computer Science and Engineering started. A project 'Networking' was sanctioned to Department of Electronics and Communication. Celebration of Diamond Jubilee Year of the college. Undergraduate courses in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering were accredited by AICTE; Civil Engineering and Electronics and Communication were awarded A grade and Mechanical Engineering was awarded B grade for 5 years.
2000 Full-time MBA course started
2001 ISO 9002 Certificate for 3 years was awarded to undergraduate courses in the Department of Electronics and Communication and Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The undergraduate course in Computer Science and Engineering was accredited by AICTE and awarded 'A' grade for 5 years. Applied Electronics and Instrumentation and Industrial Engineering undergraduate courses were accredited and awarded 'B' grade for 5 years.
2006 New postgraduate course in Signal Processing. Electronic C-Dot Exchange commissioned and all departments are connected through EPABX Campus Networking.
2008 Implemented 'CampusSoft' – Software to automate all the process from Admission to TC. Department of Computer Application developed and maintain the software with a high degree of proficiency.
2008 Inauguration of the 'Golden Walkway', A project supported by 1958 Batch Alumni.
2009 A research park at a cost of 1 billion proposed modelled on IITM Research Park, for Industry Institute Interaction. Inauguration of the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Block.
2009 DHWANI 09, attracts a large footfall. Pro show by Karthik.
2010 CETEX 2010, Open House and Exhibitions for four days on CET Campus, attracts 20000 people.
2010 Electrical Testing Lab accredited by NABL on 23 December 2010
2010 DHWANI 10 became one of the largest cultural festivals amongst all colleges in South India with more than 2000 participants. Pro-show by MotherJane.
2010 Campus placements for 2011 batch crossed 1000.
2011 Department of Computer Science celebrates its 25th year. A National level Technical fest DOTSLASH 2011 was conducted by the Department.
2011 Samskriti 11 Department of Civil Engineering celebrated its annual technical fest and cultural night. Both events attracted huge crowds and famous performers.
2013 Electrical testing Lab Accredited by BIS
Science and Technology
- G. Madhavan Nair – former chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Secretary to the Department of Space, Government of India.
- Dr. Jacob A. Abraham – Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Computer Sciences, Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas at Austin .
- M. P. Parameswaran – Nuclear scientist, now full-time activist with the Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad.
- George Koshy – Chandrayaan Mission Director.
- Anantha Krishnan – Project Administrator of Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech.
- Dr. K.R. Ramakrishnan – Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore
- Dr. K. Vijayan Asari – Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Dayton, Ohio.
- M.Satheesh – Principal Chief Engineer, Southern Railway
- Sankar – Founder and Chief Architect, Habitat Technology Group.Habitat Technology Group
- M.Ayyappan – Chairman and managing director, HLL Lifecare Limited
Business and industry
- Dinesh Venugopal – Head of Technology Development and IP Strategy, MphasiS.
- A R Unnikrishnan – National Manager, Sales & Marketing, Saint-Gobain Glass India Limited
- Pramod Kumar – Founder Director, TIME(Triumphant Institute of Management Education)
- Sajan Pillai – CEO, UST Global.
- Dr Renjith Kumar- CEO, Analytical Mechanics Associates (AMA)
- Arun Narayanan – COO, UST Global.
- Murali Gopalan - President, RPTech
- Kurian Verghese- managing director, Pfizer Australia
- Javad K Hassan – Chairman, NeST Software
- T P Imbichammed – Chairman, Sienna Group
- U M Shafi – CEO, NeST Group
- Jeby Cherian – India/SA Strategy Leader, IBM
- Vishnu Potty – Coimbatore Centre Head, Cognizant Technology Solutions
- C Prasannakumar – Managing Director, Keltron
- Dr. A S Prasad – Director, Emerson Process Management India Limited, Mumbai
- Babu Vinod Sivadasan – Executive vice-president, Envestnet
- Prathapan Sethu – CEO, QBurst Technologies
- Madan Mohan – DBA, Envestnet
- George Thomas- Principal Industry Specialist, The World Bank Group
- Santhana Krishnan – Co-founder, Chairman and CEO, InteQ (acquired by CA Technologies in 2010)
- Sunil Kanchi – CEO, Kanchi Technologies.
- S. Krishnakumar – Union Minister 
- D. Babu Paul- former member of the Indian Administrative Service and Chief Secretary to Government of India
- V.P Joy- IAS Officer,Principal Secretary of State for Finance and Current board member of Apollo Tyres Ltd
- S. Jyothi Sankar- ITS Officer, General Manager Telecom, BSNL.
- M C Murali-IRSEE, former Chief Electrical engineer, Southern railway Chennai.
- K S Krishnakumar- IRSSE, Chief Signal and Telecom Engineer, Central railway, Bombay.
Arts and literature
- Venu Nagavalli-(Late) actor, director, writer of Malayalam movie industry.Associated with Kilukkam, Harikrishnans and other popular hits including the campus film Sarvakalashala
- P.Sachidanandan "Anand"- Malayalam fiction writer and essayist
- Erickavu N. Sunil – National Award Winning Mridangam Artist
- The global meet held in Bangalore in December 2012 commissioned a film on the College of Engineering, Trivandrum. It is a detailed history of the college. The title of the film is "Realization of a dream"
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