The many milestones

Published : Dec 31, 2004 00:00 IST

The institute's boating facility. -

The institute's boating facility. -

* 1854: The Poona Engineering Class and Mechanical School was opened in July to provide instruction to subordinate officers in the Public Works Department. The school was in Bhawani Peth, Poona (now Pune), and the accommodation consisted of three small, detached houses for teaching purposes and a separate house for the Principal.

* 1865: The foundation stone of the new college was laid by the Governor of Bombay Presidency, Sir Bartle Frere, on August 5. In June, Theodore Cooke was appointed Principal. He continued for 28 years in that capacity.

* 1866: The college was affiliated to the University of Bombay for the Degree of Licentiate of Civil Engineering (LCE).

* 1868: The campus was moved to new buildings. The college was divided into three departments: a) matriculated students studying for the Degree of Licentiate of Civil Engineering, b) unmatriculated students intending to qualify as overseers, and c) unmatriculated students desiring to qualify as maistries.

* 1879: Two new classes, an agricultural class and a forest class, were added and the name of the college was changed from The Poona Civil Engineering College to The College of Science.

* 1909: The LCE course closed and the degree of Bachelor of Engineering was instituted.

* 1911: All non-engineering courses were closed and the college renamed College of Engineering, Poona (COEP).

* 1912: The first B.E.(Civil) graduate came out this year.

* 1913: The B.E. (Mechanical) course was sanctioned. The government appointed an advisory committee.

* 1914: The B.E (Mechanical) course was started.

* 1925: Awarding of diplomas in Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering commenced, in place of certificates granted up to this time.

* 1928: The boat club of the degree classes opened.

* 1931: The diploma courses in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering combined into a single four-year course.

* 1932: The college was affiliated to the University of Bombay for the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical).

* 1937: The new revised course in Civil Engineering was approved by the Institution of Civil Engineers, London, for exemption from Sections A and B of the Institution Examination for Associate Membership. This was the only college in India to receive this recognition.

* 1939: The first woman student admitted.

* 1948: Degree courses in B.E. (Metallurgy) and B.E. (Telecommunication) commenced.

* 1949: The college becomes a constituent college of the newly established University of Poona. The boat club of diploma classes started.

* 1952: Degree courses revised with a duration of three years, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering being made separate courses.

* 1965: Degree courses in B.E. (Instrumentation & Control) commenced.

* 1992: Degree courses in B.E. (Computer Engineering) commenced.

* 1995: Degree courses in B.E. (Production Sandwich) commenced.

* 2001: Degree courses in B.E. (Information Technology) commenced.

* 2002: Eight undergraduate programmes got accreditation from NBA, All-India Council for Technical Education, Delhi.

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