Technical Education

According to the latest data, among 84  Engineering Colleges, 11 colleges are in government sector, three in private aided sector and 70 in self-financing sector. For 2007 the total sanctioned annual intake of students in Engineering Colleges in Kerala  is 24822. Analysis shows that 2792, 1460, 20570 are the sanctioned intake of government, private aided and private unaided colleges respectively.

In addition to Engineering Colleges there are Polytechnics and Technical High Schools to provide career oriented education. There are 43 government polytechnics and six private aided polytechnics in Kerala during 2007-08. Along with this seven model polytechnics are functioning under IHRD.

Promotion of academic excellence has been attained by the networking of institutions with an service community and economy, establishment and strengthening of project management structures and research and training in Education Planning and Management.
Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP) of Government of India aims to upscale and support the outgoing effort to improve quality of technical education and enhance existing capacities of the institutions to become dynamic, demand driven, quality conscious, efficient and forward looking, responsive to rapid economic and technological development occuring at national and international levels. Currently 13 states including Kerala are participating in the project. The Government of India has secured an IDA credit from the World Bank an amount sufficient to finance expenditure under the TEQIP. The Project is scheduled to be completed by June 2008.

The institutions take part in the project are

1. College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram

2. LBS College of Engineering, Kasaragode

3. SCT College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram

4. Model Engineering College, Kochi

5. College of Engineering , Chengannur

Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT)

CUSAT established in 1971 has eight international linkages proving technical education in the fields of applied science, technology, industry, commerce, managemant and social science. Also the University has independent centres like Centre for Fish disease Diagnosis and Management and Centre for Monsoon Studies. The annual intake of students has been recorded as 7569 and the number of students admitted is considered as 6627.

Institute of Human Resources Development (IHRD)

IHRD established   in 1987 has 65 institutions including nine Engineering Colleges, seven Model Plolytechnics, 18 College of Applied Science, 26 Technical Higher Secondary Schools, 3 Extension centres and 2 Regional Centres. IHRD also provides courses on Data Entry and PC Maintenance and PGDCA.

National Institute of Technology- Calicut

National Institute of Technology, formerly developed from Regional Engineering College started in 1961, is a Deemed University offers B.Tech, M.Tech and MCA courses.

Other major autonomous state level institutes in technical education are Lal Bahadur Sasthri Centre for Science and Technology, Kerala State Audio Visual and Reprographic Centre and Kerala State Science and Technology Museum.


Padmavilasom Road
Fort, Thiruvananthapuram
Pin- 695 023
Ph: 0471-2451369
Fax: 0471-2451369

The Directorate of Technical Education at Thiruvananthapuram is having the administrative control of its functional units in the State. Two Regional Directorates at Kozhikode and Kothamangalam are functioning under the Directorate. Now the Department of Technical Education has administrative and financial control over Government Engineering Colleges, Private Aided Engineering Colleges, Government Polytechnics, Government Women's Polytechnics, Private Aided Polytechnics, Fine Arts Colleges, Supervisory Development Centre, Government Technical High Schools, Government Commercial Institutes, TGMT, Vocational Training Centres, Food Craft Institutions, Food Craft Extension Centres and REC, Kozhikode.

Activities of the Department includes imparting Doctorate, Post Graduate, Graduate, Diploma and Certificate level education through  government and private technical institutions; Formulation, implementation and monitoring of plan schemes; Sanctioning of salary and other grants to Government and aided institutions; Recognising private aided institutions, which are conducting courses with the permission of Government; Arranging Apprenticeship Training to the Graduate and diploma holders in Engineering/Technology; Selection of teachers for higher studies and various courses under quality improvement programme, conduct of Diploma Examination in all Engineering disciplines and Certificates Examinations in certain specialised courses.

Functions of the Directorate

.Plan, implement, administer and monitor all activities in the field of technical education according to the policies of the state and nation. 
.Recommends to Government, on the basis of proper need analysis, to establish new Technical Institutions consisitent with the norms laid down by All India Council for Technical Education and other concerned Agencies.
.Plan and initiate the introduction of new programmes in existing Technical Institutions based on human resource needs of the State/Nation.
.Revises, prescribes and periodically invaluates curricula for Diploma and Certificate level programmes.
.Ensures the availability of adequate staff and infrastructure in the Institutions.
.Revises the annual budget for Technical Education in the State consistent with the development priorities.
.Co-ordinates with the disbursement of funds to various Institutions and ensure their proper utilisation.
.Conducts examinations and awarding Diploma and various other degrees.
.Co-ordinates the recruitment and promotion of all categories of staff and administers their postings and transfers in compliance with the rules.
.Selects teachers for higher studies and various courses under quality improvement programme.
.Arranges apprenticeship training for the Graduates and Diploma Holders in Engineering.


There are 43 government polytechnics and six other private aided Polytechnics in Kerala during 2007-08. Altogether 23 trades are offered through various Polytechnics like Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Electronics and Communication, Electronics and Avionics,   Automobile Engineering, Wood and Paper Technology, Textile Technology, Polymer Technology, Instrument Technology, Chemical Engineering, Tool and Die Engineering, Computer Engineering, Commercial Practice, Architecture, Computer application and Business Management, Printing Technology, Bio-Medical Engineering, Computer Hardware Maintenance, Electronics Instrumentation, Electronics Production Technology and Information Technology with an annual intake of about 9660 students.


All candidates who have passed SSLC/ THSLC or any equivalent examination are eligible for admission to a college affiliated to any University in Kerala subject to the fulfillment of the following conditions of merit.

1. Not less than 60% for Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry put together and not less than 50% separately for Mathematics and 50% for Physics and Chemistry put together.
2. Not less than 55% for Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry put together and not less than 55% for Mathematics and 50% for Physics&Chemistry put together for those who belong to Socially and Educationally Backward Communities.
3. Not less than 35% for Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics put together and less than 35% separately for Mathematics and 35% for Physics& Chemistry Put together for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

For the list of Polytechnics with course of study and intake (Diploma Courses) under the Directorate of Technical Education:

Post Diploma Courses

Post Diploma Courses are offered in Industrial Electronics, Television Engineering and Computer Application at Central Polytechnic Thiruvananthapuram, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning and Computer Design in Government Polytechnic Kalamaserry, Foundry Technology at Maharajas Technological Institute, Thrissur, Computer Aided Design in Kerala Government Polytechnic Kozhikode and Applied Electronics in Institute of Printing Technology, Shornur, and Computer Application in Women's Polytechnic, Thrissur.

Part-time Diploma Courses

Part time Diploma Courses are conducted in Polytechnics at Thiruvananthapuram, Kalamassery, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Kottayam, Palakkad, and Kannur for the employees working in the respective fields. The duration of the course is 4 years and the courses are offered in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering branches, with a total intake of 1248 per year.



There are 39 Technical High Schools in the state including five self financing. The curriculum includes specialisation in any one of 24 selected trades. The tradewise annual intake of students in Technical High Schools in 2007-08 is 2295.


There are 17 Government Commercial Institutes in the state, which offer post S S L C, two-year course leading to the Diploma in shorthand and typewriting. The total annual intake in G C I is about 1500. Now these institutions are under the control of District Panchayat.


There is one Food Craft Institute with 8 extension Centres under the department. These institutions offer two-year certificate courses in subjects like Cookery, Canning and Food Preservation, House Keeping, Restaurant and Counter Service, Hotel Reception, Industrial Institutional Food Service Management, Book Keeping, Typewriting, Bakery and Confectionery.


To impart Vocational Training to students who have passed VII standard, 47 training centres function under the department. The subject taught are Tailoring and garment making, Composing, Book binding Weaving, Rattonwork etc. The total intake is about 2000 students per annum. Now these institutions are under the control of District Panchayath.


With a view to transfer the latest technology to the under developed rural areas as well as to train the rural youths in handling the modern implements, Community Polytechnics have been established throughout the country. The Polytechnics at Pandalam, Alappuzha, Alagappanagar, Triprayar, Perunthalmanna, Kanhangad, Kannur, Meenangady, Kozhikode, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Kottackal, Kayamkulam, Kalamassery , Payyannur, Koratty, Vennikulam, Kasargod, Shorunur, Tirur, Kottiyam and Thiruvananthapuram function with the aid of Government of India. The Community Polytechnics evolve and implement various programmes aimed at an integrated development of the rural areas. The activities of the Community Polytechnics contributed significantly improved the general standards of living in the adjoining rural areas.


It is the general policy of the department to depute faculty members for training to update their technical knowledge, modern trends and developments in instructions. Under Quality Improvement Programme faculty members were deputed for higher studies in postgraduate and Doctoral level.


Under the Placement and Training wing of the Directorate of Technical Education, there is a supervisory Development Centre at Kalamassery. Degree/Diploma holders in Engineering and Technology are being selected for Apprenticeship training in various Government departments and Quasi Government organization as per the Apprenticeship Act of Government of India. Apprenticeship training is provided through nine RICs (Related Instruction Centres) and five ITIs. The seat strength for apprenticeship has not been utilised fully in 2007 as 7445 apprentices were trained as against the seat strength of 8401. Supervisory development programmes are being conducted for the final year students of Engineering Colleges and Polytechnics with a view to develop managerial skill.

Registration can be done by candidates who has passed Diploma/B.Tech examination within one year from the date of announcement of result. A registration fee of Rs. 20/- for B.Tech and Rs. 15/- for Diploma is levied and the same has to be paid to the Treasury.

(A Government of Kerala Undertaking)
Extra Police Road, Nandavanam, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram – 695 033, Kerala
Phone : 2324396, 2324148, 2324364, 2338580, 2338581, 2338582
Fax : 0471-2337055,

The LBS Centre for Science and Technology ( LBSCS &T), Thiruvananthapuram the premier institute for computer training and consultancy, registered  under  the  Travancore-Cochin  Literary ,  Scientific  and  Charitable Societies  Registration  Act XII  of  1955  was  established  by Government of Kerala in 1976. The Centre was started as an autonomous body with  the  main  objective  that  the  Centre would act  as  a  link  between  the industries and technical institutions so as to benefit society.

Highly qualified personnel holding Post Graduate and Doctoral Degrees with several  years  of  experience  constitute  the  hard  core  of the centre's staff structure.   LBS also make use of the services of eminent Professors and experts from Engineering Colleges, other organizations and industries as consultants for executing the various programmes. 

The  facility  to  make use of the expertise of the  various  eminent consultants from any  organization  or  industry  makes the Centre competent  to  undertake  and complete any project successfully. 

LBS Centre is going popular for doctoral researches as well as short term courses under the Research Study Centre of Kerala University.

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Special unit based training programmes are conducted for the staff of Government Departments. The syllabus for these courses are designed to suit the requirements of different departments.

Institute of Human Resources Development (IHRD), an institution dedicated to scientific, technological and economic advancement of the country offeres various courses firmly entwined with the technologcal developments of the world.


To provide education and training through innovative and versatile programmes consistent with the current and emerging needs of the community.

To ensure that the aim of education is realised not only in the acquisition of new knowledge and skills, but also in the attainment of wisdom and judgment indispensable to their proper application.

To provide leadership and support in ensuring life long learning, which promotes the total development of the individual and society.

To pursue optimal and flexible systems management concepts and techniques for the fulfillment of institutional objects and aspirations.

To empower those interested to benefit, there by making use of knowledge, experience and expertise of the institute.


The institute is came into existence on 28 January 1987. The institute's memorandum of Association and its rules and regulations have been judiciously framed with built in growth provision. The management of the institute is vested with a governing body composed of ex-officio members only  with the Hon’ble Minister of Education, Kerala as Chairman and the Chief Secretary to the Government of Kerala as Vice-Chairman. There are two nominees of Government of India among the members of the Governing Body.

The functional management of the institute is controlled by an Executive Committee, headed by the Hon’ble Minister of Education, Kerala State, with the commissioner and secretary to Government of Kerala, Higher Education Department, as Vice-Chairman.

The institute carries out its tasks through a network comprising the central set-up at Thiruvananthapuram and Regional Centres, Equipment Maintenance Centres, Medical Diagnostic Facilities and a wide variety of College, Polytechnics and Technical Schools.  The effectiveness of the institute is considerably enhanced because its educational / Training tasks are strengthened by the work experience gained from its equipment maintenance centres and community service facilities. The activities of its centre of Learning Resources,which has developed many special texts, teacher packages, experimental workstations and video packages has also added to the institute’s efficiency. Another advantage is the mobility of its staff with in the organisation.


The aim of the Science and Technology Museum is to inculcate a scientific temper and awareness among common man. All the activities of the museum viz. Planetarium, Exhibition Galleries, Children's science park, Mobile Science Exhibition etc. are aimed at the popularisation of science among common man especially students.

Frequently Asked Questions
1)How can a person visit the museum?
An adult person can visit the museum after purchasing a ticket of Rs. 10/-. For a child or student the ticket charge is Rs.5/-
2)How can one visit the Planetarium?
An adult person has to purchase a ticket of Rs 15/- whereas a child or student has to pay Rs 10/- for availing entry into the Planetarium.
3)When is the visiting time?
The visiting time is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all days except Mondays.
4)How can a Mobile Science Exhibition unit be made available to our place?
A school can book the MSE unit by paying Rs 1000/-.Organisations can also book by paying Rs 2000/-.The rate is for one day.
5)What are the components of the Mobile Exhibition Unit?
The MSE unit consists of a bus in which 24 exhibits are arranged in a specially built-up body for display. A video projector is available in the unit for exhibiting science films. A Mobile Planetarium is also equipped with the unit for planetarium shows.


The Office of the Commissioner For Entrance Examinations is discharging a very responsible job in the field of Higher Education. The Entrance Examinations are instituted with the best intention of finding out the most meritorious students for admission to the courses. The selection of candidates is made through competitive Examinations of very good standard. The setting of questions are entrusted with only experts in the field. A scientific method is being followed in the evaluation, ranking, selection and admission using Computers. The system followed was also upheld by the Hon'ble High Court of Kerala .

At the time of inception, in 1983 with a Commissioner at the helm of affairs, the Office of the CEE was entrusted with the conduct of only two examinations, namely, admission to Engineering Courses and to Medical / Agricultural courses. But year after year, more and more examinations were being entrusted to this Office and as of now, this Office conducts 12 different Entrance Examinations