ABOUT THE HOST INSTITUTION, GEC THRISSUR
Govt. Engineering College Trichur has been one of the premier institutions imparting quality technical education in the state of Kerala, India, since its establishment in 1957. The second oldest Engineering College of the region, and the first established after formation of the State of Kerala, it is presently affiliated to both University of Calicut and APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, and offers undergraduate degree programmes (B. Tech) in seven Engineering disciplines and B. Arch. in Architecture. It offers post graduate programmes (M. Tech) in ten disciplines spread under the various engineering departments apart from MCA programme and M Plan. Moreover, the institution is a major research centre for four branches of Engineering under the University of Calicut, APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University and also under the QIP Scheme of Ministry of Human Resources, Govt. of India. The institution, in course of time has been able to scale up the research facilities, strengthen the post graduate and undergraduate programmes leading to improved employability of the graduates. The large number of ranks of the University bagged every year by the graduates from GECT is testimony to the very high academic standards maintained by the institute. The College Campus, spread over 75 acres of prime land, is located at Ramavarmapuram, 5 km from Thrissur town, 6 km from Thrissur Railway Station and about 50 km from Cochin International Airport. The College has very renowned and accomplished alumni, many of who are internationally and nationally acclaimed professionals, scientists, CEOs and entrepreneurs.
ABOUT TRICHUR, THE CULTURAL CAPITAL OF KERALA
Trichur, the anglicized form of the vernacular name Thrissur, is the fourth largest city in Kerala. Thrissur is also known as the Cultural Capital of Kerala due to its cultural, spiritual and religious heritage. The famous institutions of Govt. of Kerala, promoting arts, literature and culture such as Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy, Kerala Sahitya Academy, Kerala Lalithakala Academy and the deemed University of Kerala Kalamandalam are located in Thrissur District. The most colourful and spectacular temple festival of Kerala attracting tourists all over the world, namely Thrissur Pooram, is observed in Thrissur annually. Thrissur is well known for the large number of famous temples, churches and mosques including Guruvayoor Sri Krishna Temple, Sri Vadakkumnathan Temple, Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Church of Our Lady of Dolours and Cheraman Juma Masjid. Being located in the central region of Kerala, Thrissur is close to many of the well known tourist attractions like Athirappally Waterfalls, Munnar, Thekkadi, Kumarakom and Kovalam. Thrissur is also the birth place of the legendary world class mathematician-astronomer Sangamagrama Madhavan of the fourteenth century, who made very notable contributions in astronomy, trigonometry, calculus, geometry and algebra apart from being the first mathematician in the world to introduce the power series expansion of the trigonometric functions of sine, cosine, arctangent and the presently well known Madhava-Gregory-Leibnitz series.
ABOUT KERALA STATE
The State of Kerala presents unique geographical features attracting tourists from around the globe for its scenic backwaters and lagoons, lush greenery and colourful and enchanting festivals. With the Arabian Sea on the west, the Western Ghats towering to altitudes of 500 to 2700 metres on the east, Kerala is blessed with long scenic coast lines, rivers and hill stations. It is replete with tranquil stretches of backwaters, rare wildlife, waterfalls, sprawling plantations and verdant vegetations. Kerala is also a land to Ayurvedic Resorts, historic and cultural monuments and a variety of martial art forms, all of which offer a unique experience par excellence. With cent percent literacy and world class health care systems, Kerala has the lowest infant mortality and the highest life expectancy rates among Indian States.