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College of Engineering, Pune (CoEP) is an engineering college in Pune, India. Established in 1854, it is the third oldest engineering college in Asia, after the College of Engineering, Guindy (1794) and IIT Roorkee (1847).[1][2][3] The students and alumni of College Of Engineering, Pune are colloquially referred to as CoEPians. The college's study model was referred to, in the early 1950s, as the "Poona Model".

College of Engineering, Pune is located at the confluence of two rivers, the Mula and the Mutha.



The facade of the main building of the College, which recently went through renovation
The facade of the main building of the College, which recently went through renovation
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.[4][5][6] In June, Theodore Cooke M.A., who held that appointment for 28 years, was appointed Principal.[4][7]

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.[1][3][8][9][10] In July 1857, Henry Coke was given the charge of the institute.[11] Admission was open to all, irrespective of nationality or caste.[11] Good proficiency in English and basic knowledge of Mathematics were a prerequisite for getting admitted to the institute.[11] The process of admission required that the aspiring candidate apply to the nearest government English school, to whom the entrance examination papers were handed over.[11] The headmaster would take the examination on a date deemed convenient to him and submit the answer sheets to Henry Coke, the in-charge of the mechanical school.[11] After examining the papers, Coke would notify the headmaster of the school with the names of candidates who were deemed fit for admission. Scholarships of 6 were offered per month after a period of six months of training in the mechanical school for fifteen students. The courses offered included Mathematics, Drawing, Surveying and levelling, building and construction and setting out works on the ground.[11] The course would run for a period of two years.[11]

Later on, in the year 1864, the school became the 'Poona Civil Engineering College'. The number of courses were increased to include forestry and agricultural subjects, which led to its name being changed to Poona College of Science. The course was revised in 1886 and the minimum criteria required for admission was raised from Matriculation to the then Previous Examination. All non-engineering courses were stopped by 1911, transferring the Bachelor of Science degree to the Science Institute of Bombay and subsequently in the year 1911, the name was changed to the 'College of Engineering, Poona'.

The institution was initially affiliated to the University of Bombay (now Mumbai) for a degree of Licentiate in Civil Engineering known as LCE in 1858.[1][12] The certificate course was converted into a degree course and the first class of the Bachelor of Engineering degree graduated in the year 1912. In 1968, the three year degree was extended to 4 years constituting 8 semesters.

In 2003, the institute was granted complete autonomy by the State Government of Maharashtra, thus giving it the freedom to set its own curriculum and manage its own finances.[6] With permanent affiliation to the University of Pune, the institute now is an autonomous engineering school. This has been the biggest change as far as pedagogy at CoEP is concerned. The following years have seen a multitude of positive changes in administration and academic strategies. Many of these have been responsible for the growing innovation in project work of college students. The institute contends that its autonomy now grants it greater flexibility in dynamically changing its syllabus to suit the changing needs of the industry.

The Main Hall

The main hall (pictured above) is the present day administrative building of the College. It houses the Director, the Dean Academic Affairs, the Dean Student Affairs, the Gymkhana, the Examination cell and other various important administrative heads of the college. The original building was almost three floors tall with a base floor length of 18 meters and a width of 9 meters. The hall was recently refurbished and the inauguration of the restored heritage building (pictured below) took place on 24 March 2012 by Mr.Sharad Pawar, Minister of Agriculture, Government of India.[13]

Photo Gallery

View of the renovated main hall View of main hall from first floor Diamond Jubilee window inside the main hall Bust of Sir Theodore Cook, the first principal of CoEP

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 specializations. 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

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.

The Master of Technology (M.Tech.) is also awarded and the research for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is also conducted in selected fields.



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 MHT-CET. These admissions are conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) through the Centralized Admission Process for Autonomous Institutes (CAPAI). 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 apply for the courses.The fee structure is different for them. 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 CAPAI, 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.


CoEP is the hub of various curricular, extra-curricular and technical activities which attracts participation and praise alike from numerous colleges in India.


The College gymkhana was established in 1914. The gymkhana co-ordinates all sports, co-curricular and extracurricular activities including the annual gathering, debating activity, magazine publishing, etc. The gymkhana is managed by the Gymkhana Managing Committee of the College which comprises secretaries of various clubs and is headed by the Gymkhana General Secretary. The Gymkhana General Secretary is the elected representative of the students. It co-ordinates the team delegations to various function, competitions and organizes the college gathering and annual functions. The Gymkhana Managing Committee consists of a body of student members who look after their particular division. This is advised by the Gymkhana Staff Advisor and the Secretary. Gymkhana Day is an annual function to felicitate and honor the Gymkhana managing committee and gymkhana award-winners. On the same day, the awards for Best Outgoing Student, Best Outgoing Sportsperson, Best Outgoing Social Worker and Best Outgoing Oarsperson are awarded.


The Mind-Spark trophy MindSpark is the annual technology festival hosted by the College of Engineering, Pune, established in 2007. The idea behind MindSpark originated from the need to unite various departmental level festivals that were scattered across the academic calendar. The MindSpark organization consists of roughly 20 students managing the administrative portfolios assisted by a team of approximately 800 coordinators and volunteers. MindSpark is traditionally held in the first fortnight of October, though there have been notable variations in this. It features 50 events across various disciplines of engineering. MindSpark has been backed by the support of Industry sponsors who also associate with CoEP for placement. Packed with events such as quizzes, programming competitions, electronic circuit debugging and electronic circuit designing, paper presentation, robot competitions. There are several distinct areas of work such as infrastructure, refreshment, publicity, electronic system management, sponsorship. The first year students mostly volunteer in one of these events, as well as participate in the competitions organized. The fifth edition of the event was held from the 27th to 29 December 2011.[14][15]


The students from CoEP have a great legacy of excelling in both academics and sports and have won laurels and accolades for their Alma mater in the field of sports. Zest is the annual sports competition, one of the most anticipated events organized at CoEP. The event witnesses participation of students from institutions including the IIT's, NIT's, IIST and other institutes from states like Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka, Kerala, and Andhra Pradesh. The main objective behind Zest was to have an indigenous blend of talent, skills, endurance and to give a platform for the students to excel and showcase their talent. Symbolising the budding enthusiasm and par-excellence achieved in the organization of the event, Zest is considered to be one of the prestigious competitions. The competition includes sports like Hockey, Cricket, Football, Kho-Kho, Kabaddi, Baseball, Basketball, etc. Indoor games like Carrom, Chess, Bridge and Water polo are also organized. Zest has seen immensely enthusiastic participation, growing interest, high quality competitive sportsmanship, incorporation of novel ideas and substantial prize money. In order to make a successful event, students work together in attracting the sponsorships, publicity and setting the huge infrastructure needed.


People witnessing the 83rd Regatta The College of Engineering, Pune is among the few colleges in the world which hosts an annual regatta. Since its inception in 1928, it has showcased around 165 boats, notably the Eighter, which is one of the oldest boats.[16]

Cultural activities

The auditorium of the College, in which most of the cultural and even academic events are held. CoEP has been one of the leading colleges from Pune in various cultural competitions like Firodiya Karandak, Purushottam Karandak, Mood Indigo (festival).[17]

Sesquicentenary celebrations

In 2004, CoEP celebrated 150 years of its existence.[6][18] The celebrations were marked by a visit by the Hon. Ex-President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.[18] A postage stamp to mark the 150th anniversary of the college was released.[19]

Other technical events

There are various clubs which impart technical knowledge in various fields which are run by students and co-ordinated by senior professors. The college has good relations with many manufacturing industries in and around Pune including Bajaj group, Tata Motors, Thermax, FIAT India and Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited, where students participate in various academic projects. The presence of several research laboratories including the Meteorological Survey of India, National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), National Centre for Radio Astronomy (NCRA), Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) and Center for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) provide students with access to R & D facilities. In addition, the city is home to the growing software and hardware industry (mainly in Hinjewadi Infotech Park), thus enabling more students to pursue final-year projects in these industries.


CoEP has a strong culture of clubs which span across a swathe of interests. The clubs come under the purview of the college gymkhana. Each club is represented by a secretary who co-ordinates the activities of the group.


Astronomy Club

The CoEP Astronomy Club was started in 2004 by a small group of Astronomy enthusiasts in CoEP. Over the years, the club has grown into one of the most prominent center of activity in the college. Activities of the club include sky observations, regular lectures, astro-photography, building telescopes etc. The students have also built one of India's largest amateur-built telescopes- a 12" Newtonian Reflector. The CoEP Astronomy Club also conducts star parties biennially.

Entrepreneur Cell(E-Cell)

Commonly known as Empressario, the Entrepreneur Cell was started to inculcate and enhance skills like marketing, brand selling and revenue generating, etc. through experience. Empressario has conducted many national events as well as lecture series and workshops. E-Cell had its first ever annual festival, the E-Fest, on the 3rd March, 2012.[20]


An MoU was signed with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA for setting up a FAB Lab (Fabrication Lab) in the college.[21] It was followed by FAB 5 - the fifth International FAB Lab Forum and Symposium on Digital Fabrication which was held during August 16 22, 2009 in the college. An outreach project of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Bits and Atoms, CoEP's FAB lab facilitates technological empowerment, peer to peer project based technical training, local problem solving and high-tech business incubation.

Free Software Users' Group

CoEP Free Software Users' Group (CoFSUG) is an initiative started by students of College of Engineering, Pune with the aim of spreading the culture of freedom in Software development, thereby making available educational facilities to all. This group is open for all.

HAM Club

Established in 1986[22], Amateur Radio (HAM) Club is the oldest technical club of CoEP. CoEP's Amateur Radio Club communicates by HAM radio, using the call sign VU2COE. CoEP "HAM"s have communicated with almost every corner of the world, including the International Space Station[23]. Every year, HAM Club organizes the ASOC examination and also coaches students for the exam. It also conducts introductory workshops, basic antenna designing workshops annually in CoEP and also in other colleges on invitation.[24]

Robot Study Circle

College of Engineering, Pune also has a Robot Study Circle where students study, design and manufacture armature robots. Established in September 2004, it is an inter-institutional, organization at institute to create awareness about robotics. The club works with an aim of producing prospective winners for the national level robotics competitions like Robocon, Techfest and Shaastra. The College has also participated in various competitions like the prestigious ABU Robocon. In fact, CoEP finished a remarkable 2nd Runners-up in the national-level competition in 2011 as well as 2012.

Satellite Group

As a response to the call by ISRO in order to develop micro-satellites, CoEP students gathered and formed satellite group in December'08. The proposed satellite is intended to be a demonstrator for communication system consisting of constellations of Pico-satellites.

Wikipedia:India Education Program

left Wikipedia, which ranks among the world's biggest and most referred encyclopedias, had signed an agreement with the CoEP to facilitate training of students as well as faculty in content editing and article writing aspects.[25] This program was a part of the Wikimedia Foundation's Global Education Program. It's goal was to engage students and professors across disciplines, universities, and countries in using Wikipedia as a teaching tool.

Culture, Literature, Social and Sports

Aero Zealous Club

Inspired by an airshow in CoEP's Regatta festival, 2011, the students of CoEP started the Aero Zealous Club for students who have an avid interest in remote controlled Aircraft.

Arts & Crafts Group

The Arts and Crafts group, fondly called as AnC in the college, has made CoEP proud by creating the Guinness World Record for the longest painting by numbers in 2008[26] . It consists of students from the first year up to the final year. All the activities of the Arts and Crafts group always have something new, creative and innovative. The Arts and Crafts group has been instrumental in decorating the entire CoEP campus during college festivals like Mind Spark, Zest, Regatta and also during the annual gathering. The Arts and Crafts students organize an annual exhibition every year in the college campus where the team displays its art collection and also encourages other students to participate.

Boat Club

Boat Club logo Situated on the banks of Mula River, the Boat Club was established in the year 1928[27]. The club has presently about 70 trainee and racing boats, which are used for various competitions besides regular practice. The club is an active member of professional boating and rowing associations like Maharashtra Rowing Association(MRA), Maharashtra Association for Canoeing & Kayaking(MACK) and the Amateur Rowers Association(ARAE). Every year the CoEP Boat Club organizes its annual showcase event, the Regatta, which literally means boat races.[28] It consists of Arrow Formation, Shell Games, Kayak Ballet, Wharf Dance, Canoe Wars, Mashaal dance and Punt Formation. The 84th[29] edition of Regatta was held on 18 January 2012.

Debate Group

CoEP Debate Group is among the oldest and the most popular groups in the College. Students having interest in debating are invited for auditions every year and selected students represent the college in various state and national level debating competitions. The group has two sections- English and Marathi. The students have won many prestigious debate and elocution competitions like Ranade Vaad Spardha, Ni Go Panditrao Smruti Vaktrutva Spardha, Bajirao-Mastani Karandak, Anant Fandi Vaad Spardha, Rambhau Mhanlgi Vaad Spardha and many more.
The most important event of the debating group is the national level English and Marathi debate-cum-elocution competition, Sir Vishweshwaryya Memorial Debate Competition. Every year, in the month of January, the college hosts the competition, and receives an overwhelming response from the students all around. Various workshops on soft-skill development, discussions on issues of social importance, talks by renowned speakers are some of the peripheral activities arranged by the Debate Group.

History Club

The club was founded in 2007 to provide a common platform for students interested in History. Every year club organizes a lecture series, delivered by prominent speakers, called 'CoEP History Week'. Having good relations with prominent associations like Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal and Itihaas Premi Mandal, it is a social activity pursued by the students of CoEP vigorously over four years, out of their passion for history. The club organizes many site visits and treks on places of historical significance, wherein field experts or prominent historians occasionally accompany the students. The History Club has also taken an initiative to help the college students in their preparation of competitive exams like IAS, IPS and other UPSC and MPSC exams. Regular lectures delivered by dignitaries in related fields are arranged and kept open and free for all, including students who are not members of the club.


It was undertaken as an environmental project by a group of Civil Engineering students, which later came to form as COEP's Environmental Club. The club realized that many environmental and social issues are interconnected. Thus, it was decided to transform the club with a view to increase it's scope by working on social issues as well. In the year 2011, the club was transformed into Janeev[30] (Marathi: , meaning: cognizance).
The aim of the club is to create awareness among the students regarding various social and environmental issues as well as to enhance their knowledge regarding the same. The activities held under the club include documentary screenings, discussions, lectures by renowned personalities, campaigns, etc. Janeev club members meet every Thursday at 5:30 pm at the Boat Club. The club is open to all, runs democratically and disregards any hierarchical structure for its functioning.

National Service Scheme (NSS)

This activity was introduced in the college for the first time in the year 2009-10. It has carried out various activities for students as well as society. Through shramdan, students of NSS unit have participated in plantation on the college and hostel campus. It also carries out tours to heritage sites with experts and winter camp at Mandede village near Pune.


Continuing its legacy of promoting ancient art and culture, CoEP has a chapter of SPIC MACAY (Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture amongst Youth). SPIC MACAY was pioneered with the motive to promote Indian classical music, dance, and culture amongst youth. It organizes annual VIRASAT series in which prominent artistes perform line and give lecture and demonstrations.


Abhiyanta is the annual magazine of the College of Engineering, Pune. Articles are written by students, alumni and faculty. Articles are written mainly in three languages: English, Hindi and Marathi.


The Philomystics club was formed in 2010 to inculcate and enhance emotional and spiritual quotient of the students. The group plans various seminars and workshops.

Personality Development Club

This club provides the required training to enhance ones own personality. The motto of this club is to invoke character and competence in leaders of tomorrow. The club emphasizes on invoking hidden soft skills which are very vital to stay and deal in current scenario of cut-throat competition. The club also invites experts to conduct various workshops and training sessions to enhance communication skills, technical presentations and industrial etiquettes.


The College provides residential facilities for both undergraduate boys and girls. Due to limited vacancies admissions are merit-based. There are ten buildings in the hostel campus. Boys' blocks are named Purandar, Shivneri, Panhalgad, Torna, Raigad, Pratapgad, Sajjangadand, and Vishalgad. For girls, there are two blocks, namely, Jijaoo and Kondhana. Kondhana and Pratapgad are two-storied, Vishalgad & Jijaoo are four storied, and the remaining buildings are three storied. The hostel campus houses about 1064 boys & 422 girl students. Further it comprises the director's residence, hostel office, security room, guest house of three rooms, nine rectors' quarters, a co-operative store, two common rooms for web-connectivity, a medical clinic, a laundry, three common rooms for entertainment, and students' dining rooms. FX Cosmo, Abhiruchi and Fusion are the three boys' and Suruchi is the girls' dining room in the hostel campus. All of the four students' dining rooms, including the girls' and boys', are run on co-operative basis.


College of Engineering, Pune was ranked #19 by the India Today Best Engineering colleges 2012,[31] #22 by Outlook India Top Engineering Colleges of 2012[32] and #16 by Dataquest India's Top Engineering Colleges 2011.[33] In rankings limited to government colleges it was ranked #29 by Mint Top 50 Government Engineering Colleges of 2009.[34]

Notable alumni

Bust of Sir Visvesvarayya facing the Main building

  • Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya (1861 1962), eminent engineer and statesman[6]
  • Lila Poonawala, former Chairperson of Alfa Laval India and Padmashree awardee.[6][35]
  • Mahadev Vinayak Ranade, who was charged with the murder of W C Rand, an Indian Civil Services officer and Lt. Ayerst, during the time when Pune was struck by the Third plague pandemic. W C Rand was the chairman of the Special Plague Committee that was formed to deal with the emergency at that time.
  • C. Kumar N. Patel, Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California, Los Angeles, inventor of the carbon-dioxide laser, winner of the United States National Medal of Science[6]
  • Thomas Kailath, Hitachi America professor of engineering at Stanford University, winner of the IEEE Shannon Award
  • Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director of Bajaj Auto: One of the largest two-wheeler manufacturer in India[36]
  • Sanjiv Bajaj, Executive Director of Bajaj Auto, Managing Director Bajaj Finserv Ltd.[36][37]
  • Venugopal Dhoot, Chairman of Videocon
  • P. S. Deodhar, Chairman, Electronics Commission, Government of India 1986-88 - in Minister of State rank. Founder, APLAB Group of Companies. He was awarded with the "Engineering Manager of the Year 1990" by IEEE, USA[38]
  • Vijay Kelkar, Advisor to the Finance Minister, Government of India in the rank of a Minister of State, Chairman, National Stock Exchange of India[6]
  • B. S. Sonde, former Vice-Chancellor, Goa University[6][39]


Land acquisition

In December 2005 the Pune Municipal Corporation asked the college for some of its land for road widening. This led to considerable outrage amongst students, and the issue was under heated debate. It was pointed out that the college was classified as a 'heritage complex' by the state government.[40]


1854-1870: Poona Engineering Class and Mechanical School[6][41]

1871-1911: Government Science College(Agriculture and Botany Classes)[6][41]

1911-2003: Government College of Engineering, Pune[6][41]

2003-2006: Pune Institute of Engineering and Technology[6]

2006 onwards: College of Engineering, Pune

In 2000, CoEP claimed independence from the state government and was declared an autonomous institute in 2003.[5][6] Considerable confusion ensued over a proposed name change from CoEP to Pune Institute of Engineering and Technology (PIET) which was strongly opposed by alumni and students. The newly autonomous entity's name was rolled back to CoEP in November 2005.[42]

Road widening and flyover construction

The College was at loggerheads with the Pune Municipal Corporation over the proposed construction of a flyover in front of the college, that would not only deface the renovated Main Hall but would also encroach upon the College's premises. The College and its alumni were of the opinion that the flyover would not, in any way, decongest the traffic plying through that road.[43] It also considered the flyover as serious danger to the safety of the pedestrians, including students, as it was not considered in the plan of the flyover.[44] Many civic activists and organizations supported the College's opinion.[43][45][46]


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