The College of Engineering, Trivandrum was established in 1939 as the first Engineering College in the then Travancore State. The institution owes its foundation to the bold and inspired vision of Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, the then Maharaj of Travancore. Initially 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 constituent College of Travancore University, the College has an initial intake of 21 students each for Degree and Diploma courses in Civil, Mechanical and Electrical branches. With the establishment of the Directorate of Technical Education in the late fifties, the College administration came under the control of the Government of Kerala. The College was shifted to the present sprawling 125 acres in 1960.
Over the years, the intake of students increased and as of now with eight full-fledged departments offering eight undergraduate, 19 postgraduate and doctoral programmes under the University of Kerala, 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 by the College.
According to a study sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, in the early ninties, College of Engineering, Trivandrum was among the top ten Engineering Colleges in India. Based on an available information, College of Engineering Trivandrum is the 12 the established engineering college in India.
About Architecture Department
Architectural Education in Kerala started in College of Engineering Trivandrum in the year 1964. The department has been the sole torch bearer of Architecture Education in the state and instrumental in shaping up modern architecture in Kerala. The department celebrated its Golden Jubilee in the year 2014. The Department presently offers Bachelors programme in Architecture and two Masters programmes (Planning and Urban Design) affiliated to the University of Kerala. The B. Arch. Programme comprises of ten semesters and is conducted as per the norms of the Council of Architecture, New Delhi. The Masters programme comprises of four semesters. The M. Planning (Housing) programme is recognized by the Institute of Town Planners, India (ITPI) and the M.Arch programme in Urban Design is conducted as per the norms of the Council of Architecture, New Delhi.
The Department of Architecture started in 1964 with Late Prof. J.C. Alexander, the then Chief Town planner and Consulting Architect to the Government of Kerala as the Head of the Department. His colleagues in the Department of Architecture and Town Planning of Government of Kerala served as part time teachers.
The department shifted to its present independent building in the year 1994. The Department presently offers Bachelors programme in Architecture and two Masters programmes (Planning and Urban Design) affiliated to the University of Kerala. The graduates from this institution lead the architectural scene in Kerala and all over the world at present. Quite a few of them have distinguished themselves in the profession, by winning awards, competitions and popular acclaim..