Goa Engineering College
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|Motto||Work is Worship|
|Principal||Dr. V. N. Shet|
|Location||Farmagudi, Goa, 403401, India
|Campus||Semi-urban, 300 acres (1.2 km2)|
Goa Engineering College (abbreviated and colloquially referred to as GEC) is a public college in Goa, India, offering courses in engineering disciplines and affiliated to Goa University. Founded in 1967 at Farmagudi plateau, Ponda, it is the oldest engineering college in Goa, with over 2,000 students.
The college started in 1967 with undergraduate courses in Mechanical, Civil and Electrical Engineering. The Electronics and Telecommunication course was introduced in 1982, Computer Science in 1988, Information Technology in 2001 and Mining in 2011. All courses in the college are affiliated to Goa University.
It currently has eight masters programmes, the duration of each being two years:
|Sr. No.||Course||Department||Year of commencement|
|1||Foundation Engineering||Civil Engineering||1986|
|2||Industrial Engineering (Part Time)||Mechanical Engineering||1986|
|3||Microelectronics||Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering||2008|
|4||Electronics Communication & Instrumentation Engineering (ECI)||Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering||2008|
|5||Power & Energy Engineering||Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering||2010|
|6||Computer Science & Engineering||Computer Engineering||2011|
|7||Industrial Automation & Radio Frequency Engineering||Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering||2012-13|
|8||Structural Engineering||Civil Engineering||2016|
|9||Machine Learning||Information Technology||2017-18|
The college is recognized as a research institute under Goa University. The affiliation to Ph.D. programs in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical & Electronics, Computer Science & Engineering and Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering are recognized from academic year 2014-15 onwards.
The college has a memorandum of understanding with IIT Bombay, and many of its faculty go there to pursue Ph.D. degrees.
The National Board of Accreditation (NBA) has accredited four branches of the college – the Computer, Mechanical, Civil and Electronics and Telecommunications branches. This means the academic curriculum and the teaching learning process is of a good standard, with adequate infrastructure and faculty, acceptable to the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE).
The college has one of the largest libraries in the state , and is home to over 86,000 books, journals, and magazines, catering to all the subjects taught in the college. The Library has a Multimedia section which houses electronic modes of information such as encyclopedias. The library has a book bank facility with which students can obtain books for the entire year and return after the completion of the year, by paying a small fee.
With the largest campus in Goa, spread well over 285 acres atop Farmagudi hill, the college has four boys' and two girls' hostels. The campus also has staff housing, and guest house facilities for visiting faculty and students.
Besides the main canteen and multiple mess facilities, the college has small stalls and a restaurant that are frequented by students. The campus shopping complex has a restaurant, as well as shops that cater to student needs ranging from photocopying to stationery and other day-to-day needs. The campus also has a Post Office and a Computer Center.
The college Gymkhana houses a Power Gym, which is accessible to students during non-working hours. There is an indoor badminton court, a basketball court, a full-length natural grass football ground that can also be used as a cricket field.
The students of Goa Engineering College call themselves Engicos. However, not all post-graduate students identify themselves with this term.
The college has many active clubs:
- The college has a Nature Club which organizes tree planting programmes in the surrounding regions and organizes treks to locations in Goa.
- The college Photography Club has been organizing Photoflare, an international photography festival, since 2010.
- The college Quiz Club organizes quizzes for the college events.
- The college Music Hub conducts workshops and organizes open mike sessions at the college's festivals. It also has a blog.
- The college Literary and Debate Club organizes many small activities and helps organize TEDxGEC.
- The college has two Coding Clubs.
- The college also has active student chapters of the IEEE, CSI and Google Developers Group (Goa).
- The college also had a Robotics club, a Theatre club and a Linux User Group.
Student associations, based on their departments, are as follows:
- MESA - Mechanical Engineering Students Association,
- ENEXSA - Electrical and Electronics Engineering Students Association (previously known as ELECTRA),
- ACES - Association of Civil Engineering Students,
- CURSOR - Association of Computer Engineering Students,
- INTENSA - Information Technology Students Association
- ASSETS - Association of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering Students.
- MINESCO - Mining Engineering Students Council
These associations conduct events, technical and non-technical, once or twice per semester.
Happenings is the cultural festival organized by the college. Started in 1981, it is officially the oldest college festival in Goa.
The college has hosted the rock show Zero, Millennium in 1997, Parikrama in 1998, Pentagram in 1996 and 1999, Ezee Meat in 1997, Brahma in 2000, PDV, Moksha, Metakix, Psychomotor, Sceptre in 2004. Rock machine, lately known as Indus Creed, was the first band ever that played in GEC.
In 2008, Goa witnessed the biggest youth festival in Goa so far, at Farmagudi. 35 events were conducted over three days in February. The biggest attraction was the Pronite on 22 February featuring Jal the Band from Pakistan and Rock show on 23 February featuring Decibel from Delhi and Fahrenheit.
2009 saw two other big names performing for the rock show, Bhayanak Maut And Reverse Polarity, both based in Mumbai.
After a break of six years, Happenings was officially organized again in 2014. Happenings 2015, a two-day event witnessed a pronite featuring GEC Alumni DJ Anish Sood.
In the year 2016 the venue of Happenings was shifted outside college campus for the first time in its history. Happenings 2016 was held at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium. The Happenings 2016 pronite organized in association with Vh1 Supersonic featured Lost Stories .
Spectrum is the technical festival organized by the college. It was started in 2016, after a decision to merge the technical events organized by the individual student associations of each department.
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- Ashank Desai (Class of 1971), founder and ex-chairman of Mastek Limited
- Anish Sood, DJ and electronic dance music producer
- Dr. Mangesh Korgaonkar (aka MGK), Director general, NICMAR and ex-Director, SOM, IITB
- Dr. Manish Parashar (IEEE fellow, ACM distinguished), Professor, Rutgers University
- Vishal Borker and Sameer Naik, founders of NextBiT Computing Pvt Ltd. The company in 2009, was voted on the list of top 25 emerging technology companies in India
- Sidharth Kuncalienker, politician
- Richard M Stallman, founder of the GNU Project and the Free Software Foundation, visited the college Linux User Group in November 2002.
- TEDxGEC  was Goa's second TEDx event and was started in 2016.
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