Government College of Technology, Coimbatore
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Emblem of GCT Coimbatore
|Location||Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Government College of Technology, Coimbatore was founded in 1945 as Arthur Hope College of Technology named after Arthur Hope, Governor of Madras Presidency (1940–46) by G. D. Naidu. The College was modelled after the then famous Germany’s technical institutions with inputs by Stoll family and Hermann Weiler. Till 1950 the college functioned in Peelamedu, then a suburb of Coimbatore.
In June 1950, the college moved to its current location in Thadagam Road, Coimbatore.In 1951, the college was renamed as Government College of Technology (GCT). The college was initially affiliated to the University of Madras, later to the Bharathiar University and since the academic year 2001-2002 to Anna University. In 1981, the college was granted autonomy for its civil and mechanical engineering postgraduate programs. Subsequently, in 1987, full autonomy for all programs was granted.
The institute offers undergraduate courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Engineering and postgraduate courses award the Master of Engineering degree. Undergraduate students are admitted based on competitive student rankings in higher secondary examination.
The various forums and clubs include Biotech Forum, Civil Engineering Association, Computer Science and Engineering Association (CSA), Information Technology Association (ITA), Electrical, Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering Association (EEEIEA), Electronics and Communication Engineering Association (ECEA), Mechanical Engineering Association (MEA), Production Engineering Association (PEA), Student Branch of IEEE, ISTE chapter, Rotaract club, Green club, Science club, Fine arts club, Orchestra, Literary and Debating Society, Tamil Mandram, Student Journalist Council-GCT is the official media body of the GCT. The first edition of Aperture, the student e-Newsletter of GCT was launched on 21 February 2014. The Rotaract club of GCT earned the most prestigious "Well-balanced Club" award at the Rotaract District Assembly 2017. Eliminators is the official dance team of GCT.
There are 10 Hostel blocks available for both men and women in which 1500 students can accommodate. Boys Hostel names are Paalaaru, Ponnaiyaaru, Kayvery, Bhavani, Vaigai, Thamiraparani and Vellaru and Girls Hostel names are Kothaiyaaru, Manimuthaaru and Amaravathi
Most of the departments conduct individual technical symposiums during December to May which include Oracle (Electrical, Electronics, and Instrumentation), Geofest (Civil), Elyzia (Industrial Biotechnology), InfoQuest (Computer Science), Nexus (Electronics and Communication), TechnovatE (Information & Technology) Praxis (Production), Technotryst (mechanical). Prakarthi is the annual fest organized by the Green Club of GCT. Muthamizhvizha(Inter college) and Sangamam(Intra College) are the official cultural festival of GCT conducted by the students of all the clubs.
One can reach GCT campus by boarding intercity buses. Bus route numbers 70 and 64D can be taken from Gandhipuram town bus stand, Coimbatore.
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