Government College of Engineering, Keonjhar
|Odisha School of Mining Engineering, Degree Stream (1995–2012)|
ज्ञानम् अनन्तम् (Sanskrit)
|Principal||Prof. Trilochan Sahu|
The Government College of Engineering, Keonjhar (abbreviated GCE Keonjhar or GCEKJR), is a public higher education institute located in Keonjhar, Odisha, India, focusing on education and research in the field of Mining Engineering. It was established as Orissa School of Mining Engineering, Degree Stream in 1995. In 2012 it was renamed to GCE Keonjhar.
It is the only Government College in the Odisha offering B.Tech. in Mining Engineering and Mineral engineering. The State government has initiated steps for developing it into a centre of excellence (CoE) in Earth science and technology.
The institute was started in 1995 as Orissa School of Mining Engineering (Degree Stream), Keonjhar with Mining Engineering as its first branch. It has been at the forefront of Mining Education, research and consultancy services in India. It is located in close proximity to many mineral and coal mines both opencast and underground. Then, in 1997, Electrical Engineering & Mechanical Engineering branches were added as an expansion program. It became a constituent college of Biju Patnaik University of Technology, Rourkela in 2006. In 2008, Mineral Engineering and in 2009, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering were added. In 2011, as per a government notification, it was declared as a Full-fledged government engineering college. In 2012, it was renamed to GCE Keonjhar. In 2015, Computer Science & Engineering and Civil Engineering were added. On 2017 National Cadet Corps (NCC) was introduced in the college for the students to join it as an extra-curricular activity and getting an opportunity to serve the armed forces. It became an autonomous institute along with PMEC, Bramhapur and GCE, Kalahandi in January 2021.
GCE Keonjhar is located at the foothills of the Gandhamardhan mountain near Judia Ghat. The campus is on a 45 acres plot of land around 5 km from Keonjhar town in Kendujhar District with NH 49 & NH 20 running along its two sides.
Halls of residence
Most students of GCE Keonjhar reside in the hostels (referred to as halls of residence) on-campus.
The halls of residence are:
- Baldevjew Hall of Residence
- Gandhamardan Hall of Residence
- Maa Tarini Hall of Residence (girls' hostel)
All halls of residence accommodate three students in one room. Each hall of residence has a mess, a Common room with TV & a sports room for indoor sports. Baldevjew Hall of Residence has a well equipped Gymkhana. Students are provided with 24 hour Internet facility.
Organisation and administration
The academic departments in GCE Keonjhar include the following:
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Science & Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
- Mineral engineering
- Mining Engineering
- Science and Humanities
Students are admitted in Undergraduate Engineering Programs through the JEE-Main and Lateral Entry through OJEE. The admission procedure is as per BPUT norms and is strictly governed by OJEE. Some seats are reserved for Diploma holders in Engineering as per the rules of SCTE & VT, Odisha and DTET.
The institute offers undergraduate B.Tech degrees in seven technical disciplines with an intake capacity of 60 each: Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Mineral Engineering and Mining Engineering.
Training and placement
The Training and Placement cell provides placement assistance to the students. Personality development programs, group discussions, seminars, etc. are convened from time to time. Companies are invited for on-campus selections through the institution's industrial link ups. Companies visit the college to recruit students. Training and placement liaise with companies for the summer training programmes.
Utkarsh is the annual techno cultural festival of GCE Keonjhar. It is a three-day fest which is typically held in March. The fest consists of concerts and band performances, competitive gaming, singing and dance competitions and various other cultural activities.
Clubs and societies
The institute hosts numerous clubs that are active throughout the year. The list of currently active clubs and societies include:
- Club Innovare
- Dance And Music Club
- Robotics and Automation Club (RAW)
- Photographic Club (Foresight)
- Society of Mining and Exploration
- Computer Society of India Student Branch
- Civil engineering society
- Society of Mechanical Advancements (SMA)
- Innovatory Electrical Society
- Society of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Innovation and Technology (SMMEIT)
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