Thangal Kunju Musaliar College of Engineering

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Thangal Kunju Musaliar College of Engineering
Motto Pre-eminence in Engineering and Technology with a universal perspective.
Type Govt. Aided
Aided by the World Bank under TEQIP Programme Govt. of India
Established 1958
Chairman Sri. Shahal Hassan Musaliar
Principal Dr. S. Ayoob
Academic staff
Undergraduates 2500
Postgraduates 280
Location Kollam, Kerala, India
8°54′50″N 76°37′57″E / 8.91389°N 76.63250°E / 8.91389; 76.63250Coordinates: 8°54′50″N 76°37′57″E / 8.91389°N 76.63250°E / 8.91389; 76.63250
Affiliations University of Kerala

Thangal Kunju Musaliar College of Engineering (TKMCE), founded in 1958, is the first government aided engineering institution in the Indian state of Kerala . The college is located at Karikode, 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the city of Kollam in southern Kerala. The foundation stone was laid by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the erstwhile President of India on 3rd February 1956.

The institution is affiliated with the University of Kerala.[1] Admissions to the college are based on the Kerala Engineering Agricultural Medical (KEAM) Examination conducted by the Kerala state Commission of Entrance Examinations.It is widely regarded by many as the best engineering institute of the state and is the most sought after destination for engineering aspirants across the state.The college has been ranked among the top 150 engineering institutes in the country by the National Institutional Ranking Framework governed by the MHRD[2][3].TKM College of Engineering is the only engineering institution in the state of Kerala to be awarded the six year accreditation status by the National Board of Accreditation(NBA).[1].The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) Local chapter of the college has been honored as one of the top performing NPTEL chapters within the top 10 best performing institutes with AAA Rating. Careers360, promoted by the Outlook Group, ranked TKM as the second best institute among the top engineering colleges in Kerala with AAAA rating[4].It is an institution of National Importance and is currently being funded jointly by the Government of Kerala and the World Bank under the TEQIP program.


Entrance, TKMCE.

The college was founded by the TKM Educational Trust, an organization established by Thangal Kunju Musaliar, the college's foundation stone was laid in 1956 by Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India. The college was inaugurated by Prof. Humayun Kabir, the Cabinet Minister for Scientific and Cultural Affairs, on 3 July 1958. The main building is designed in the grand medieval Mughal architectural style with courtyards, around which are spread the departmental buildings, library block, laboratories, workshops and hostels.

The college started with 120 students and a faculty of six, offering courses in mechanical engineering, civil engineering and electrical engineering, the college now has more than 3000 students with about 250 faculty, supported by 136 non-teaching staff.[5] The college has laboratories and computer facilities.

The institute offers B.Tech programs in eight branches of engineering, five M.Tech programs and a Computer Applications (MCA) Program,[6] the programs are accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA), All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi.

The institution went on to become the first Government-aided Engineering College in the state and is managed by the TKM College trust with Shahal Hassan Musaliar as Chairman and TK Jalaluddin Musaliar as Treasurer.

Dr. S.Ayoob is the current principal of the college.


View of Kollam-Punalur Passenger Train passing by the college.

The college is located at Karicode, a suburb town of the coastal city of Kollam on the Kollam-Schencottah NH-208 road. There is a railway station at Karicode called Kilikollur railway station. Direct trains connect Kollam Junction Railway station to all important cities of the country, the college is six kilometres away from Kollam city centre (Chinnakada).


Undergraduate level

  • Admission to the college is based on the competitive Entrance Examination KEAM administered by the Government of Kerala, India.[7] Some seats are reserved for students from Arunachal Pradesh, Andaman and Lakshadweep.[8]
Postgraduate level
  • M.Tech.Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) conducted by the Indian Institutes of Technology, IITs.[9]
  • MCA Kerala MCA Entrance Examination, conducted by the Office of the Commissioner of Entrance Exams run by the Government of Kerala.[10]
  • MBA Management Aptitude Test (MAT) conducted by the All India Management Association and CMAT conducted by AICTE.[11]

Courses offered[edit]

Undergraduate level courses[edit]

Full-time Courses(B.Tech & B.Arch.)[edit]

Part-time Courses(B.Tech.)[edit]

Post graduate level courses[edit]

Full-time Courses[edit]

Part-time Courses[edit]


  • Career Guidance and Placement Unit (CGPU)
  • Football cum Cricket Ground
  • Indoor Badminton Court
  • Basketball, Tennis and Volleyball court
  • Canteen
  • Stationery shop
  • Hostels for all students
  • International students hostel
  • Central Library

The college has a central library with over 70,350 books, around 100 technical journals, and periodicals, the library is open on all working days and Saturdays. The library system is computerized, and also has Internet facility. Apart from the central library, each department has its own library with specialized collections. One of earliest e-campuses in India, the entire campus including 14 hostels for boys and girls are linked into a WLAN.

Alumni association[edit]

The Alumni Association was formed in 1963. Chapters of the association are in several countries. TAGA[12] was formed on 8 September 2004 as an internet based initiative to link all the alumni. TKMCE Alumni UAE[13] is one of the alumni association based in UAE which was founded in 1987 as an auxiliary unit of TKM Alumni Association Kollam. It has more than 1000 members.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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