College of Engineering, Pune

College of Engineering, Pune
College of Engineering, Pune
College of Engineering, Pune logo.jpg
Motto Strength Truth Endurance
Established 1854
Type Public Co-ed
Chairman Fakir Chand Kohli
Dean S D Agashe
S R Kajale
S T Vagge
B N Chaudhari
B B Ahuja
M A Joshi
Director Dr. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe
Academic staff 132
Admin. staff 400
Students 3,800
Undergraduates 2,800
Postgraduates 70
Location Pune, Maharashtra, India
Campus Urban, 36 acres

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] 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.



Main Building

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, on the 5 th August. In June Mr. Theodore Cooke M.A. who held that appointment for 28 years was appointed Principal.

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. Later on, the school became the 'Poona Civil Engineering College', 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. 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 2004, 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. 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.

Specializations and departments

E&TC Main Building
E&TC Extension Building
Department of Electronics & Telecommunication
Department of Information Technology

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.

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.



Admissions to 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 educationally 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 cannot apply for the courses.[2] 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 polytechnics 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.


College Gymkhana was established in 1914. The Gymkhana co-ordinates all sports, co-curricular and extracurricular activities including gathering, debating, magazine publishing,etc. All these activities are described in the following sections.Gymkhana is managed by Gymkhana Managing Committee which comprises secretaries of various clubs and is led by the Gymkhana General Secretary. The Gymkhana General Secretary is 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 annual function to felicitate and honor the Gymkhana managing Committee and Gymkhana winners. On the same day, the awards for Best Outgoing Student, Best Outgoing Sportsperson, Best Outgoing Social Worker and Best Outgoing Oarsperson are given away.


MindSpark is the annual technology festival hosted by the College of Engineering, Pune. It is one of the most famous and prestigious technical events nationwide.Started in 2007, it has quickly grown to be one of India's largest technical festivals in terms of participation. The idea behind MindSpark originated from the need to unite various departmental level festivals that were scattered across the Academic Calender.Formed by unifying the various emerging fields of modern technology. 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 and 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.Decorated with events such as quizzes, programming competitions, electronic circuit debugging and designing, paper presentation, robot competitions, the event showcases the talent in all the fields of engineering. Preparations for the event begin in the month of August. There are several distinct areas of work such as infrastructure, refreshment, publicity, sponsorship. The first year students can volunteer in one of these events, as well as participate in the competitions organized.



ZEST. The students from COEP have a great legacy of excelling in both academics and sports and have won laurels and accolades to their Alma matter in the field of sports.Zest is the annual sports competition, one of the most awaited events organized at COEP. Participation from various IITs and 72 institutes from states like Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka, Kerala, and Andhra Pradesh make the event Nationwide. The main objective behind zest was to have an indigenous blend of talent, skills, endurance and to give a platform for the other students also to excel and showcase their talent. Symbolising the budding enthusiasm and par-excellence achieved in organization of event, Zest is considered as one of the prestigious competitions. The competition includes games like Hockey, Cricket, Football, Kho-Kho, Kabaddi, Baseball, Basketball, etc. Some indoor games like Carrom, Chess, Bridge and Water polo are also organized. ZEST has seen immensely enthusiastic participation, growing interest, new events, 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.

Cultural activities

COEP has been one of the leading colleges from Pune in various cultural competitions like Firodiya Karandak, Purushottam Karandak, Mood Indigo (festival). The students here have also made enhancements in acting and technicalities sections with a bigger point of view.A workshop on film productions (cinematography) was successfully completed with the eminent efforts of COEP Drama Team and very soon the institute will have it's very first Short Film.

Sesquicentenary celebrations

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

Entrepreneurship Cell

In collaboration with notable COEP alumni and the industry, the students of COEP have undertaken a new initiative in setting up an entrepreneurship cell, known as Empressario.

Boat Club Logo

Boat Club

COEP is proud to have a Boat Club, which is one of its kind in the country. Situated on the banks of Mula River, this club was established in the year 1928. 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 such professional 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. It consists of Arrow Formation, Shell Games, Kayak Ballet, Wharf Dance, Canoe Wars, Mashal dance and Punt Formation. The last edition of Regatta was held on 13 March 2011. It featured an Eighter, a wooden sweep rowing boat, one of the only three in the world.[3]

HAM Club

Established in 1986, 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 each and every corner of the world and even with the International Space Station. Every year, HAM Club organizes the A.S.O.C. examination and also coaches students for the same. It also conducts introductory workshops, basic antenna designing workshops annually in COEP and also in other colleges on invitation. COEP HAM Club.

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 Robot Study Circle in COEP is working with an aim of producing prospective winners for the national level robotics competitions like Robocon, Techfest and Shaastra. It owns its own Biped, hexaped robots, a robosapien, and a few microcontroller eduboards. The Department of Electronics and Telecommunication has an amateur radio Club with the call-sign VU2COE. The college has close ties with the many manufacturing industries in and around Pune including Bajaj, Tata Motors, Thermax,FIAT India and Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited, where students participate in academic projects. The presence of the 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 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 Astronomy Club

The COEP Astronomy Club was started in 2005 by a small group of Astronomy Enthusiasts in COEP. Over the years, the club has grown into one of the most prominent centers of activity in the college. Activities include sky observations, regular lectures, astro-photography, building telescopes etc. Students have also built India's one of the largest amateur built telescopes - a 12" Newtonian Reflector. The COEP Astronomy Club also conducts two star parties every year. Online group :

COEP Robot Study Circle

College of Engineering, Pune also boasts of 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 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 the year 2010.

COEP History Club

The club was founded in 2007 to provide a common platform for Students interested in History.Every year club organizes Lecture series by prominent speakers by the name 'COEP History Week'. Having ties withBharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal and Itihaas Premi Mandal,it is a social activity pursued by the students of COEP vigorously from 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 are also occasionally taken along. The history club has also taken a initiative to help the college students in their preparation of Competitive exams like IAS, IPS and other UPSC and MPSC exams. Regular lectures of dignitaries to the related fields are arranged and it is free for all. Both, the members of club and non-members can attend these lectures and seminars.

COEP Free Software Users Group

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

Arts & Crafts Group

The Arts and Crafts group, fondly called as “AnC” in the college, has made COEP proud by creating the Guiness World Record for the longest painting by numbers in 2008. It consists of students from the first year upto 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 AnC team displays its art and also encourages other students to do so.

COEP 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.

COEP 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 Aircrafts.

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.

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 SPICMACAY(Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture amongst Youth). SPICMACAY 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.


In the year 2010, to give the engineers a bit of vision and consciousness, a philosophy club named 'Philomystics' has been started. The group plans various seminars and workshops.


An MoU was signed with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA for setting up a FAB Lab (Fabrication Lab) in the college. 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.The FabLab is headed by Prof.S.S.Anasane of Production engineering department.[4]

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.

Wikipedia:India Education Program

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Wikipedia, which ranks among the world's biggest and most referred encyclopaedias, have signed an agreement with the CoEP to facilitate training of students as well as faculty in content editing and article writing aspects.[5] This Program is part of the Wikimedia Foundation's Global Education Program. The goal of the Global Education Program is to engage students and professors across disciplines, universities, and countries in using Wikipedia as a teaching tool.


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 as Purandar, Shivneri, Panhalgad, Torna, Raigad, Pratapgad, Sajjangadand Vishalgad. For girls, there are two blocks namely Jijaoo and Kondhana. 'Kondhana' and 'Pratapgad' buildings are two-storied, Vishalgad & Jijaoo buildings are four storied, and remaining buildings are three storied. The hostel campus houses about 1064 boys & 422 girl students. Further it comprises hostel office, security room, guest house of three rooms, nine rector's quarters and Director's residence.All of the three Student messes are run on co-operative basis.


COEP has always prided itself on the quality of the campus placements it offers to its students. The industry in and around Pune, and indeed many from far off, look to recruit the best brains entering the industry from COEP. This ensures that students at COEP have the pick of the kind of work that they want to do.

COEP also offers its students training to face the job interviews and group discussions which students are expected to go through. It also ensures that all the students at COEP are giving the 'finishing school' treatment in order to prepare them for the world of opportunities awaiting them. Thus COEP, through the T&P dept. ensures the best for its students.

  • To Organize the Campus recruitment programs for B.Tech & M.Tech candidates.
  • To provide at least one job to every student.
  • To help sponsorship on various projects & in-plant/internships training of student in various industries.


College of Engineering, Pune is ranked under 20 in All India ranking after the IITs and few NITs. It is one of the best Engineering colleges in Maharashtra and the best in Pune.

Notable alumni

  • Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya - was an eminent Indian engineer and statesman. He was a recipient of India's highest civil honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1955. He was also knighted by the British for his public service. His birthday, 15 September, is celebrated as Engineers' Day in India in his memory.
  • Leela Poonawala: former Chairperson of Alfa Laval India and Padmashree awardee.
  • 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 in 1996.
  • Thomas Kailath - Hitachi America professor of engineering at Stanford University, winner of the IEEE Shannon Award in 2000 for profound contributions to the field of information theory. Inductee to the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame (2005). Recipient of Padma Bhushan Award (by Govt. of India for contributions to the fields of Mathematics and Engineering) in 2009.
  • Rajiv Bajaj - Managing Director of Bajaj Auto: One of the largest 2 wheeler manufacturer in India.
  • Venugopal Dhoot: Chairman of Videocon.
  • Dr. Ramesh Raskar: Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab
  • Dr. Haresh Shah: Professor Emeritus, Stanford
  • Dr. Ranjit Date: President and Managing Director, Precision Automation and Robotics India Ltd. (PARI)
  • Mangesh Kale: Managing Director, Precision Automation and Robotics India Ltd. (PARI)
  • P.S. Deodhar:Pioneer of SmartCard Technology


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 protected as a 'heritage complex' by the state government.[6]


1854-1870: Poona Engineering Class and Mechanical School.

1871-1911: Government Science College(Agriculture and Botany Classes)

1911-2003: Government College of Engineering, Poona

2003-2006: Pune Institute of Engineering and Technology

2006 onwards: College of Engineering, Pune

In 2000, COEP claimed independence from the state government and was declared an autonomous institute in 2004. 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.[7]


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  2. ^ "First Year Admissions". 
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  6. ^ COEP alumni oppose land acquisition
  7. ^ Come June, COEP to have two new courses in M Tech

External links

Coordinates: 18°32′N 73°51′E / 18.53°N 73.85°E / 18.53; 73.85

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