University College of Engineering Kakinada (Autonomous), J N T U Kakinada was originally ‘The College of Engineering, Vizagpatnam’ at the time of its establishment in the year 1946 by Government of the Composite Madras State. It is now a sprawling campus of 110 acres, green with mango trees in the fast developing Port city of Kakinada. Kakinada has a rich political literacy and cultural heritage passed on through generations. This college became a constituent College of the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad w.e.f 02-10-1972. The College has become autonomous in the year 2001. On 20th August, 2008 it became a constituent College for the newly established JAWAHARLAL NEHRU TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY KAKINADA.
The College is governed by the rules and guidelines provided by the University from time to time. The Principal is the administrative and the academic Head of the College. He is assisted by the Vice-Principal and the College Academic Committee in academic matters and the Deputy Registrar and the office staff in administrative matters. The day-to-day activities of the college are carried out by budgetary allocation from the University fund.
At present, the College is offering the following programmes:
B.Tech. in Civil Engineering, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Petro Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Technology, M.Tech. in Soil Mechanics & foundation Engineering, Structural Engineering, Advanced power Systems, High Voltage Engineering, CAD/CAM, Machine Design, Instrumentation & Control Systems, Computers & Communication, and Computer Science, Master of Computer Applications (MCA) and PhD programmes in Civil Engineering, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.
The admission into B.Tech is based on EAMCET or ECET ranks, the admission into M.Tech is based on GATE or PGECET acores and the admission into MCA is based on ICET rank. The best rankers of the state in the above entrance examinations will get the admission into the College.
The college has made rapid strides since its formation and is playing a pivotal role in the technological advances of the region. The college has been admitted to the World Bank Aid through a programme called Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP) under which Rs.12 crores aid will be provided. The College stood first in the state and fourteenth in the Country for the effective utilization of the funds under TEQIP phase-I. All the Engineering Departments of the College has been accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) of AICTE. The TCS has accredited this College as a premier institution with ‘A’ grade. The Wipro Ltd has accredited this college as ‘Trusted Academic Partner’. Several other companies like Capgemini, Honeywell, Infosys, Accenture, L&T, etc have also accredited this college.
The Research and Development activity in the College got a boost with the procurement of modern and sophisticated equipment under MHRD, AICTE and TEQIP schemes. Most of the faculty members are having Ph.D and a few more are in the process of acquiring. The teaching faculty members have authored a good number of research papers, research reports and text-books. Departments in the college have conducted number of summer schools, seminars, workshops, symposia and conferences. In addition, quite a few collaborative research schemes sponsored by CSIR, CRRI, ISRO. BHEL etc are being carried out. Several working/retired public and private sector organizations are benefited by consulting this college for technical advice.
The fully automated Central Library is situated in a separated block housing more than 75,000 volumes and contributed 314 numbers of journals maintained by two qualified librarians and necessary supporting staff for 12hrs a day for 6 days and 9:00 a.m to 1.00 pm on Sunday. In addition, a book-bank with more than 3000 volumes is at the disposal of students for borrowing by BC, SC and ST categories. Over and above, each of the Engineering Departments is having Departmental Library to reduce the burden on the Central Library and for the convenience of staff.
The college successfully celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 1971, its Golden Jubilee grandly during 1995 – 1996 and Diamond Jubilee during 2005 - 2006. With the help of funds raised through the contributions from the Alumni, a Golden Jubilee Block (Swarnotsav Bhavan), 1979-83 Alumni Auditorium has been constructed on the campus. A sports complex of worth Rs. 4 crores is near completion.
In addition to National Cadet Corps (NCC) and National Social Service (NSS) units, there are also technical clubs, a few student wings of professional bodies like the student chapter of IEEE and CSI. The college provides medical facilities on the campus through a dispensary with a medical officer deputed by the Government of Andhra Pradesh and the supporting staff provided by the college.