Thiagarajar College of Engineering

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Thiagarajar College of Engineering
TCE Logo.jpg
Motto Vinaiye Uyir—Duty Is Life
Established 1957
Type Government-aided
Principal Dr. V. Abhai Kumar
Academic staff
Undergraduates 3750
Postgraduates 680
Location Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Campus Suburban, 143 acres
Nickname TCE
Affiliations Anna University, Chennai

Thiagarajar College of Engineering (TCE) is an Govt aided autonomous institution located in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is affiliated to Anna University, Chennai. It is one of several educational and philanthropic institutions founded by philanthropist and industrialist Karumuttu Thiagarajan Chettiar. TCE was established in 1957. The courses offered in TCE are approved by the All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi. TCE was granted Autonomy in the year 1987. The institution offers the Master's in Industrial Engineering among others.


Thiagarajar College of Engineering

The institution and hostels are located near Thirupparankundram on the outskirts of Madurai, 8 kilometres south-west of the city of Madurai.

The campus is located 10 km from the Madurai Airport, 8 km from the Madurai Railway station and is well connected by buses with all parts of state.

Academic programs[edit]

TCE offers 8 undergraduate,16 postgraduate programs and research programs (MS and PhD) in all Engineering and Science streams.

Degree Type Course Type Department
UG B.Arch. Architecture
B.E. Civil Engineering
Computer Science & Engineering
Electrical & Electronics Engineering
Electronics & Communication Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
B.Tech. Information Technology
M.E. Communication System
Wireless Technologies
Computer Science and Engineering
Computer Science and Information Security
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Power System Engineering
Structural Engineering
Infrastructure engineering and management
M.Tech Environmental Engineering
Control and Instrumentation Engineering
M.Sc. Applied Mathematics
Applied Chemistry
Materials Science


Undergraduate admissions are primarily through the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA) process of Anna University.

Management seats are purely filled based on merit and philanthropic mode.

For PG courses TANCET/GATE score is required

Quality Development activities[edit]


One of the participating institute in Quality Enhancement in Engineering Education (QEEE) program of MHRD,GoI


one of the Selected institute in Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP) phase 2

  • Resource Center For Spoken Tutorial Project - IIT Bombay
  • European Technology Experience Center (ETEC)


  • A central library with around 80000 books, 130 journals and over 1500 e-journals.
  • Two banks (ICICI bank and City Union Bank), post office , food court, canteen and a stationery shop is in campus.
  • In house clinic facility with an Ambulance
  • Accommodation facility (Hostel) for both Men and Women within Campus.
  • Internet ( 64 Mbps line)is available throughout college and Hostel premises using WiFi and a dedicated Central Computer Center with 150 computers for internet access.
  • Test Center for Global Certifications


1.Dr.R. Vasudevan, Dean, and professor Department of Chemistry at TCE has developed and patented the "Plastic Tar Road Technology".[1][2]

Obtained 3 patents in communication engineering and filed for 6 more patents


  • "Global Performance Excellance Award- World class -2015" by Asia Pacific Quality Organization
  • Won IMC Ramakrishna Bajaj Bajaj National Quality Awards-2014
  • Sustainable Institute Industry Partnership Award-2014 presented in National Conference at IIT, Madras
  • 43rd rank in "Best Research Engineering Institutes" in India by Career360 Magazine, 2014
  • 20th rank in All India Technical School Survey by Data Quest 2013-14
  • "Performance Excellence Trophy" in IMC Ramakrishna Bajaj National Quality Awards-2013
  • 12th rank in India's Top Private Institutes Survey by Acumen Media Network-2013
  • 9th rank in AICTE-CII Survey of Industry Linked Institutes-2012
  • Department of Computer Science Bags "Best Student Branch Award" by Computer Society of India 2009-10

Accredited by National Board of Accreditation NBA


A. P. J. Abdul Kalam visited the college in connection with the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the college and gave the Golden Jubilee Lecture of Eminence on 20 January 2008.[3]

Dr. Eric A. Cornell - Nobel Laureate in Physics visited the college in September 2009 and delivered Honeywell - Nobel Laureate Lecture Series at TCE during 23rd and 24th. September, 2009.[4]


Techutsav - a State level inter college technical festival conducted every year

Quest - a district level inter school mega cultural festival organized every year

Notable activities[edit]

  • The institute provided space for setting up the first MNC in Madurai, Honeywell technology solutions lab. The 2 facilities have also set up an incubation centre.[5][6]
  • One incubated company,Thiagarajar Telekom Solutions Limited (TTSL)working on Wireless Design situated in Campus
  • The institute is funded by TIFAC-CORE as a center of excellence for wireless technologies in India.
  • Has set up an anechoic chamber for antenna testing and characterisation, which is available only in a few places in India, such as in IIT Delhi.
  • Celebrating Software Freedom Day (FStivel) every year.
  • In July 2009, the institute signed an agreement with Yahoo's research division to do collaborative research for three years in cloud computing. This is the first time Yahoo has set up a long term collaboration in India.[7]
  • It has good placement records.(i.e.) The companies like Brahmos, National Instruments, Texas Instruments, Amazon, Microsoft, Zoho, Thoughtworks, TVS Motors, Ford India, Hyundai etc. hire students from this college every year.
  • Many students opted for higher education in institutions in India and abroad.

Student activities[edit]

Co curricular activities[edit]

  • Society of Automotive Engineers - SAE
  • Indian Society for Technical Education - ISTE
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - IEEE
  • Institute of Engineers - IE
  • Aero Club (Faith In Flying)
  • Robotics Club
  • Micro-Satellite Club
  • Software development
  • GNU Linux User Group of TCE (GLUGOT)
  • Literary club
  • Green energy club
  • Personality development
  • Business English Certification(BEC) Club
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Cell - IEDC
  • Quality circle
  • ACM - Student Chapter
  • Rotaract Club

″===Extra curricular activities===

  • NSS
  • Sports
  • Cultural Association
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Open source projects[edit]

TOSS (TCE Operating System Services) is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution and as claimed by the developer TOSS was developed targeting the student developer’s community. It offers build-essential, OpenSSL, PHP, Java, gEda, xCircuit, KLogic, KTechlab and a variety of essential engineering software for engineering students and developers. TOSS has reached version 2.0 with major updates.

Notable alumni[edit]



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