Government College of Engineering, Salem

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Government College of Engineering, Salem
First gate of GCE Salem
Administrative block
Type Autonomous
Established 1966
Principal Dr.R.S.D.Wahida Banu
Academic staff
Undergraduates ~720
Postgraduates ~90
Location Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
11°42′46″N 78°05′18″E / 11.712757°N 78.088208°E / 11.712757; 78.088208Coordinates: 11°42′46″N 78°05′18″E / 11.712757°N 78.088208°E / 11.712757; 78.088208
Campus Urban
Government College of Engineering, Salem logo.JPG

The Government College of Engineering, Salem in Salem, Tamil Nadu, India, is an engineering education center in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the three institutions offering Metallurgical Engineering as a full-time course in Tamil Nadu.

GCE-Salem was started during the Third Plan period in 1966 and is located on a beautiful site surrounded by hills. Its area is 1.62 square kilometres (400 acres). This is the third government engineering institution formed in Tamil Nadu.[1] The first batch of students was selected for 1966 for courses in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. In 1973 the metallurgical engineering branch was started. The Electronics Engineering and Communication Engineering branch was introduced in 1985. Computer science and engineering was started in 2001. All the undergraduate courses except Computer Science and Engineering are accredited by NBA.

The Principal, Dr. R.S.D. Wahida Banu says: "A teacher affects eternity. No one can tell where his influence stops"[2]


The institute was affiliated to the University of Madras until 2001. After a brief affiliation with Periyar University, it was a constituent college of Anna University which is a statewide centralized engineering university. From the year of 2009, GCE salem has been promoted as one of the Autonomous Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu. [3]

The college is a Regional Centre for Anna University for Ph.D. and M.S., programmes. It is the zonal office for the conduct of Anna University Examinations in the 21 colleges belonging to this zone. The institution is one of the eleven technical institutions of Tamil Nadu selected for World Bank financial assistance under Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP).[4] The institution has received an approval for a sum of Rs. 10.967 crores as lifetime allocation for the project implementation spread over a period of four years from 2003 to 2007.


The Administrative block or Main block is the capital of the College. The streams of Engineering have dedicated buildings. All the Engineering departments are equipped with technologies aided by funding from World Bank through Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP). In TEQIP Phase II ( from 2011-2014), the institution has received Rs.12 crore for enhancing research activities.[4]


Admission to the institute is through single window counselling system of Anna University. Undergraduate students are selected based on competitive student rankings in higher secondary examination and then subjected to counselling.

Postgraduate students are selected based on competitive rankings in Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET) and few seats through GATE Examinations.

Academic and departments[edit]

ECE dept, GCE salem
  • Administrative Block
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Physics department
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Physical Education
  • Library
  • Digital Library

Master courses[edit]

  • Structural Engineering
  • CAD
  • Thermal Engineering
  • Power Electronics and Drives
  • Welding Technology


Football Ground GCE Salem

The Department of Physical Education takes care of sport activities for the students.

Name Comments
Physical Education Block
Football Field 1 Field
Hockey Field 2 Fields
Basketball Concrete court 2
Volleyball 2 Courts
Kabaddi 1
Ball Badminton 2 Courts
Tennis 1 Court
Shuttle Badminton 2 Courts
400m Track 1 Track
Cricket Field 2 Fields
Hand Ball 1

Clubs and entertainment[edit]

NCC Army, GCE Salem


  • Guest House


  • Health Centre


Boys Hostels
  • Bharathidhasan Illam
  • Bharathiyar Illam
  • Thiruvalluvar Illam
  • Kambar Illam
  • Tholgappiyar Illam
  • Pari Illam
Girls Hostels
  • Thenral Illam
  • Maals Illam

Functions and symposiums[edit]

Gecofest, cultural fest GCE salem


The Planetarium of Government College of Engineering, Salem-11. was commissioned on 6 February 1979 by Dr. M.G.Ramachandran the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. It accommodates the audience of 58. It is frequently visited by school students in and around Salem. The sky is projected on the dome of the Planetarium.

Alumni Association[edit]

GCE Salem Alumni Professional Network is the alumni network of the college.It is a strong association that meets on second Sunday of every August at the college campus. The association has constructed a block for the college that has been named as ALUMNI BLOCK.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Government College of Engineering, Salem - Salem". MyKlassRoom. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  2. ^ "Welcome to GCE - Salem | GCE - Salem". Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  3. ^ "Welcome to GCE - Salem | GCE - Salem". Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  4. ^ a b "Welcome to GCE - Salem | GCE - Salem". Retrieved 2013-11-04. 

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