Thangal Kunju Musaliar College of Engineering, Kollam

Thangal Kunju Musaliar College of Engineering (TKMCE), founded in 1958, is the first government aided engineering institution in the private sector in the state of Kerala, India. The college is located at Karikode, six kilometers from the city of Kollam in southern Kerala. The foundation stone was laid by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the erstwhile President of India on 3 February 1956.

The college is affiliated to the University of Kerala. Consistently only the top rank holders of Kerala common entrance exam are admitted to the college.


The foundation stone of TKM College of Engineering was laid in 1956, by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India. The college was inaugurated by Prof. Humayun Kabir, the Cabinet Minister for Scientific and Cultural Affairs on 3 July 1958. The main building is designed in the grand medieval Mughal architectural style with courtyards, around which are spread the departmental buildings, library block, laboratories, workshops and hostels.

The college started with a student strength of 120 and a faculty of six, offering courses in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. The college now has a strength of more than 2000 students with about 200 faculty, supported by 136 non-teaching staff. The College has laboratories and computer facilities.

The college celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 1983. A library with a collection of technical books and periodicals was launched as part of the celebrations. In July 2008, the college celebrated its Golden Jubilee with an extravagant event attended by leaders including Dr A P J Abdul Kalam and premiers of technological institutes, companies and states.

The institute offers B.Tech programs in eight branches of engineering and two M.Tech programs . The programs are accredited by the National Board of Accreditation(NBA), All India Council of Technical Education(AICTE), New Delhi.


The college is located at Karicode, a suburb town of the coastal city of Kollam on the Kollam-Schencottah NH-208 road. There is a railway station at Karicode called Kilikollur railway station. Direct trains connect Kollam Junction Railway station to all important cities of the country. The college is six kilometres away from Kollam city centre(Chinnakada)and the institution is within easy reach, as a number of KSRTC as well as private buses regularly reach the college.

The international airport at Thiruvananthapuram is 70 km away and the Kochi Harbour is 160 km north. The Kollam Techno Park is 9 km from the college.


Thangal Kunju Musaliar was born into a middle class family at Kollam on 12 January 1897. In his days Kerala dominated the cashew export trade, a field he pioneered. By 1940, he was one of the world’s largest employers, employing over 100,000 people. In 1956 Mr. Musaliar formed the TKM Educational Trust to cater to the educational needs of the people of Kerala. The Trust established institutions such as TKM College of Engineering, TKM College of Arts and Science and TKM Institute of Management.

Mr. Musaliar is the author of the book “Man and the World, Practical Philosophy and Law of Nature” (1949).


Admission to the college is based on the competitive Common Entrance Examination administered by the Government of Kerala, India. Only the top 1-5% of the exam takers are admitted to the college.

Courses offered

Post graduate level courses (full-time)
Master of Computer Applications
Industrial Refrigeration and Cryogenic Engineering
Structural Engineering and Construction Management

Post graduate level courses (part-time)
Master of Business Administration

Undergraduate level courses (full-time)
Mechanical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Electronics and Communication Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Mechanical Production Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering
Architecture (5 years duration)

Undergraduate level courses (part-time)
Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Electrical and Electronics Engineering

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