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Coordinates: 10°04′56″N 76°19′43″E / 10.08233°N 76.3286°E / 10.08233; 76.3286

Model Engineering College
MEC Logo
Motto Manpower Development
Established 1989
Type Public
Principal Dr. Suresh Kumar P
Faculty 95
Students 950
Location Kochi, Kerala, India
Campus Thrikkakara (14-acre (57,000 m2))
Nickname MEC
Affiliations CUSAT, AICTE

Govt. Model Engineering College, Thrikkakara (Malayalam: ഗവണ്മെന്റ് മോഡല്‍ യന്ത്രശാസ്ത്ര കലാലയം തൃക്കാക്കര , Devanāgarī: गवर्नमेंट मॉडल प्रौद्योगिकी कलालय त्रिक्काकरा) (commonly known as MEC) is a premier institute of engineering and technology, in Thrikkakara near Kochi, Kerala in South India. The institute was founded in 1989 and was the first among nine of its kind established under the auspices of the Institute of Human Resources Development (IHRD) for providing technical education and to serve the growing requirement of trained technical manpower in India. The institution has been ranked among the top government engineering institutes in the country, according to educational institution surveys. The Mint business newspaper ranked the college as the 28th best government institute in India. [1] (See entire list here "Top 50 Government Engineering Colleges of India". 2009-06-23. )

The students of Model Engineering College are nicknamed "MECians" and the alumni are called the "XMEC". Among all the IHRD institutions, Model Engineering College offers the maximum number of courses in engineering (4 UG and 1 PG)[2]. The college has a vibrant student community engaging in several activities which encourage not just excellence in technical qualities, but also in sports and cultural activities (See Model Engineering College#Student Activities). The college is also famous for its student festivals: Excel and Technopreneur


General Information

The entrance to the campus, showing the main building.

Model Engineering College is a technical institute which is affiliated to the All India Council of Technical Education and is located in a 14-acre (57,000 m2) campus near the city of Kochi at Thrikkakara, 12 km from the heart of the city. The college is located close to the technology and industrial campuses of InfoPark, Cochin Special Economic Zone and the KINFRA Export Promotional Industrial Park.

The institute has 4 undergraduate programmes and one postgraduate programme, with 10 fully functioning laboratories. The college has nearly 100 faculty, 950 students and approximately 50 supporting staff. Residential facility is available through hostels run by the college as well as private institutions, for both men and women.


Similarity in architecture between the main building and the Aryabhatta satellite

On January 28, 1987, the Government of Kerala took the initiative in establishing the Institute of Human Resources Development in Electronics (IHRDE) (now known as IHRD) in Thiruvananthapuram for the purpose of establishing a central institution which would work for the development of technical education in the state. The governing body of the IHRDE was headed by the then education minister of Kerala, Mr. K. Chandrasekharan. The first institute established under the IHRDE was The Model Polytechnic in Vadakara in 1988.

In August 1989, Model Engineering College came into existence, as the first engineering institution under the auspices of the IHRDE. (Late) Prof. Dr. K. Sukulal was given charge as the first principal of the institute. The college started off with three undergraduate courses in engineering - Biomedical Engineering (BE), Computer Engineering(CE) and Electronics Engineering(EE). The college became the first government run self-financing college in Kerala. The college was the also the first engineering institute to be affiliated to the Cochin University of Science and Technology(CUSAT).

The initial functioning of the college was from its temporary premises at the Govt. High School at Edapally, while a new campus was being constructed at the suburb of Thrikkakara. In September 1994, the new campus at Thrikkakara was ready and the college started functioning from there. The new campus included the main building, the men's hostel and the play grounds, covering a total area of 14 acres. The design of the main building was inspired from India's first satellite, Aryabhatta


The admission procedure and the fee structure is decided by the Government of Kerala.The details are given in the admission prospectus published by Kerala State Entrance Commissioner under the Government self-financing colleges category. However a certain percentage of seats are reserved for the children of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs). All admissions except to the NRI quota are based on the Common Entrance Examination (CEE) conducted by the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations,which is usually conducted in the month of April or may.


  • Electronics & Communication Engineering Department
  • Computer Science & Engineering Department
  • Electrical & Electronics Engineering Department
  • Electronics & Biomedical Engineering Department
  • General Engineering Department
  • Applied Sciences Department


Model Engineering College was established in 1989 by the Institute of Human Resources Development (IHRD) to provide quality engineering education in Kerala. The college started functioning in August 1989 with three degree courses: Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science Engineering and Electronics & Communication Engineering. In September 2008 it also started a Master's course in VLSI Design. At the time of its establishment, MEC was the first self-financing college under the Government of Kerala and the first college to get affiliated to CUSAT.


  • Prof. Dr. K. Sukulal
  • Prof. Dr. K. S. M. Panicker
  • Prof. Jyothi John
  • Prof. Dr. Suresh Kumar (Current)


Initially MEC was established at a campus in Edappally (a suburb of Kochi) before it was shifted to its present campus at Thrikkakara in September 1994. It is now situated on a hilltop in Thrikkakara, providing a panoramic view of Kochi city and its suburbs.

The college is in close proximity to research institutions like Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL) and Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) .The industrial centres of Aluva, Kalamassery, Cochin Special Economic Zone - CSEZ, KINFRA Software park Kakkanad and the VSNL international gateway are not far either.

Student Activities

The foremost student body of the college is the Senate, which consists of elected representatives from each stream. The college has several actively functioning students association which make student like very vibrant. These clubs are of technical and non-technical in nature.


College Senate

The college senate is the foremost student body of MEC. The Chairman is an ex-officio post held by the Principal. Senate members are elected from each class of the college. Each class can elect 3 representatives (2 boys and 1 lady) to the senate. The senate is thus, a body having 60 student representatives (24 from Electronics, 24 from Computer Science and 12 from Biomedical streams). Various posts held by the students include Student's Chairperson, Student's Vice Chairperson(has to be a lady), General Secretary, Arts Secretary, Sports Secretary and Extramural activities secretary.

Technical Associations

These include IEEE student's branch, The Model Association of Computer Students (MACS), The Biomedical Association (BMA), Model Amateur Radio Association(MARC), Electronics Association [Mixed Signals], IETE Student's Branch

Non-technical Associations

These include Young Indians student net, The Illuminati(The quizzing fraternity), the Music Club, the National Service Society chapter, the Entrepreneurship forum etc.


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