The college was one of the first few colleges established by the British to serve the Indian subcontinent. The foundation stone of the new college was laid by the Governor, Sir Bartle Frere, who was to become the Vice-Chancellor of the University, on 5 August 1865. In June of the following year, Theodore Cooke M.A., was appointed the Principal. He went on to hold the office for next 28 years.Initially, it was started as the ‘Poona Engineering Class and Mechanical School’ to train subordinate officers for carrying out public works like buildings, dams, canals, railways and bridges
The National Board of Accreditation, has accredited all programmes under Tier-2 (General) status for a period of 5 years from 2012. In the year 2014, 9 undergraduate programmes were accredited with tier-1(Washington Accord) status. This particular accreditation gives way to recognition of the quality of undergraduate engineering education offered by the member country and is an avenue to bring it into the world class category. It encourages and facilitates the mobility of engineering graduates and professionals at international level. The tier-2 accreditation is effective from 01/07/2014 for a period of five years
Like most of architecture from the early days of Raj, the college does not seem to have a definite architectural style. Subtle Victorian influenced arched windows and tiled canopies are seen in the older parts of the college but the main tower of the administrative building however points to an indigenous inspiration. Gargoyles can be seen adorning the sharp edges of the building. Post independence, rapid additions and alterations to the college were done. The central library, auditorium, and other departments such as Electronics, Instrumentation have a very contemporary design reminiscent of the construction in most Indian metros in the late ’60s and 70s. A new wing which has been constructed has the most modern design out of all. In all, the college is generally a potpourri of architectural styles.
Specializations and departments
At present, the college awards the degree of B.Tech., i.e. Bachelor of Technology (earlier the Bachelor of Engineering or the B.E.) in nine specialisations. They were introduced subsequently since the inception of college.
- 1866: Civil Engineering
- 1912: Mechanical Engineering
- 1932: Electrical Engineering
- 1948: Metallurgical Engineering
- 1956: Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
- 1965: Instrumentation & Control Engineering
- 1992: Computer Engineering
- 1995: Production (sandwich) Engineering
- 2001: Information Technology
- 2012: Town and country Planning
The sandwich pattern course was introduced in Mechanical, Electrical, Metallurgy (1974) and Production (1995). In this model, students spend their 5th and 8th semesters working in the industry and gain credit for such work, under the supervision of a faculty member and an industrial manager.
Undergraduate admissions to the College of Engineering, Pune are competitive and are based on merit. Earlier admissions were based upon the percentage of science subjects’ marks secured in Higher Secondary Certificate exam of Maharashtra state. However, at present the admissions are conducted on the basis of the marks secured in JEE Mains and HSC board combined . These admissions are conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) through the Centralized Admission Process(CAP). Affirmative action programs exist for students belonging to socially and economically backward classes as stipulated in the Constitution of India and various statutes. There are programs for students from north-eastern India and Indian citizens from Kashmir. There are also programs for children of people working in Gulf countries, foreign nationals, foreign students and Person of Indian Origin (PIO) in the college. Non-Resident Indians can also apply for the courses. The reservations for different categories are based on the Government of India and Government of Maharashtra rules. Reservations in seats are provided for SC (Schedule Caste), ST (Schedule Tribes), NT (Nomadic Tribes), OBC (Other Backward Classes), PH (Physically Handicapped) as well as female candidates. In addition to the admissions through CAP, several admissions to direct second year of B.Tech. course are also conducted for those candidates who have completed Diploma in Engineering at different polytechnic institutes in the state of Maharashtra. These admissions are conducted through the Centralized Admission Process (CAP) by DTE itself
Postgraduate and Doctorate
Postgraduate admissions to the College of Engineering, Pune are also on merit basis. The M.tech admissions are on the basis of the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering(GATE) conducted by the seven old IITs and the IISc. Seat reservations are applicable as per the Government of Maharashtra rules. The college also provides Doctor of Philosophy(Ph.D) proggrammes in various fields
Participation in Guinness World Records
The college has made three entries so far in the Guinness World Record books. It holds the record for “Most people skipping on the same rope”, which still stands as the world record and “The longest painting by numbers”
On 4 November 2012, 3248 people solved the Rubik’s cube at the same time for breaking the Guinness world record for “Most number of people solving the Rubik’s cube”. It was previously held by IITB, where 937 students solved the puzzle within 30 minutes in March 2012.
Department of Computer Engineering and Information Technology,
College Of Engineering Pune,
Wellesley Road, Shivajinagar,
Pune – 411005