It all started during the era of World War 2, when the then Maharajah of Travancore, Sree Chitra Tirunal Balarama Varma laid his vision to establish this institution at Thiruvanthapuram. It initiated in the former office and bungalow of the Chief Engineer (which is now the office of the Postmaster-General (PMG)). Maj. T. H. Mathewman was appointed as the first principal of the college with Vastuvidya Kushala Sri, Balakrishna Rao, and Prof. D. L. Deshpande on the faculty.
The college had an intake of 21 students each for the Degree courses in Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical branches of Engineering, under the then Travancore University. With the establishment of the Directorate of Technical Education in the late 1950s, the college administration came under the direct control of the government. In 1960, the college was shifted to its present 45-hectare campus at Kulathoor.
CET has now grown in size and pride, being one of the top 100 engineering colleges in India and one of the best of Kerala since its foundation. We now have an approx. alumni strength of around 45,000, spread across with world, holding diverse career roles from engineers, scientists, technocrats, architects, CXOs, bureaucrats and entrepreneurs.
Let take this moment to thank all the founders, teachers, students, and alumni for holding the pride CET