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APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, Thiruvananthapuram

About College of Engineering, Trivandrum

On July 3rd, 1939, The College of Engineering, Trivandrum (CET) was established and it is the first engineering college in Kerala, situated in Thiruvananthapuram.

It was founded during the reign of the Travancore King, Sri Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma and as the head of the then Travancore state he deserves his share of credit in the establishment of the college.

The college is recognised and approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi and accredited by National Board of Accreditation (NBA), New Delhi.

In the beginning, the college was housed in the former office and bungalow of the Chief Engineer (present PMG Office) Maj T.H. Mathewman, a Britisher was the first Principal.

Started as a constituent college of Travancore University, the college had an initial intake of 21 students each for Degree and Diploma courses in Civil, Mechanical and Electrical branches.

After the establishment of the Directorate of Technical Education in the late fifties, the college administration came under the control of the Government of Kerala. Later in 1960, the college was shifted to the present sprawling 125 acres campus with panoramic green surroundings and elegant landscaping.

From 1939 to 2014, the college was affiliated to University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram and later from 2014 onwards the college is affiliated to APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, Thiruvananthapuram.

Over the years, the intake of students increased and as of now with eight full-fledged departments offering 8 undergraduate, 19 postgraduate and doctoral programmes.

The college also offers part-time and full-time postgraduate programmes in engineering and architecture, as well as Master of Business Administration and Master of Computer Applications.


Undergraduate Programmes:

Kerala Engineering Entrance Examination (KEE) conducted by the Office of the Commissioner of Entrance Exams run by the Government of Kerala.

B.Tech (Lateral Entry) - Lateral Entry Examination (LET) conducted by Joint Controller of Technical Examinations by the Government of Kerala.

Postgraduate Programmes:

M.Tech/M.E - Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) conducted by the Indian Institutes of Technology, IITs.

MCA - Kerala MCA Entrance Examination, conducted by the LBS Centre for Science & Technology.

MBA - Management Aptitude Test (MAT) conducted by the All India Management Association, CAT conducted by the IIMs and CMAT conducted by AICTE.

At present, the college has around 3500 students, 285 teaching staff and 290 non-teaching staff. B.Tech, B.Arch, M.Tech, M.Plan, MCA and MBA and evening courses are also offered in this college.


  • National Level Excellence and International Visibility in every facet of Engineering Education


  • To facilitate Quality Engineering Education to Equip and Enrich Young Men and Women to Meet Global challenges in Development, Innovation and Application of Technology in the service of Humanity
  • Placement assistance provided
  • Approved by AICTE
  • NBA accreditation for Engineering, MCA and MBA
  • ISO 9001:2000 certified Civil, CSE and EC Departments
  • MOU’s with departments/industries for training and research
  • Collaboration with The Bosch Rexroth to impart hands-on training with latest components in Automation Technologies
  • Separate Centre for Engineering Research and Development (CERD) for the faculty and students of engineering 
  • Promotes entrepreneurship development through Entrepreneurship Club which organises seminars and short-term training programs
  • Industry Institution Interaction (III) cell to promote interaction between the academic field and the professional field
  • Professional membership with bodies like ISTE and IEEE
  • Resource Centre (EGRC - CET) of the education grid project by Kerala Education Grid (KEG)
  • Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) to promote continuing education programs
Levels of study
Streams Mode Duration Eligibilty
Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) Full Time 5 Years 10+2
Streams Mode Duration Eligibilty
Bachelor of Technology Full Time 3 / 4 Years 10+2 & Qualifying Entrance Exam
Master of Computer Application Full Time 3 Years BCA
Master of Technology Full Time 2 Years B.E / B.Tech
Streams Mode Duration Eligibilty
Master of Business Administration Full Time 2 Years Bachelor's Degree
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  • Bank/ATM
  • Classroom
  • Placement
  • Scholarship
  • Workshop
  • Wi-Fi
  • Seminar Halls
  • CCTV Surveillance System
  • Playground
  • Curricular Activities
  • Multipurpose Hall
  • UPS
  • Medical Facility
  • Common Rooms
  • Computer Lab
  • Cafeteria/Canteen
  • Anti Ragging
  • Women Cell
  • Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee
  • Campus Security(24x7)
  • Public Transportation
  • Training





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