College of Engineering Trivandrum Alumni Association
College of Engineering (CET ), Trivandrum started in the year 1939 is the oldest Engineering institution in the state of Kerala and still continues to be the most prestigious one.
The Alumni Association of the college CETAA (College of Engineering Trivandrum Alumni Association) was set up in 1976 for establishing rapport and close association of former students with their Alma mater to organise and participate in programmes that are mutually beneficial.
CETAA has over 25000 members worldwide and it is increasing annually. CETAA Chapters are there across the globe –Chicago, Newyork, UAE, Kuwait, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai ,Kochi, Singapore etc to name a few locations.
A Short History of CETAA
CETAA is endowed with more than 16,000 members and have 165 centers spread across 47 countries.
In 1969 Dr. C.P. Kuriakose, then P.G. Professor in Electrical Engineering who later retired as Director of Technical Education, convened a meeting to discuss the formation of an Alumni Association for CET. It was Dr. CPK who coined the acronym CETAA and made the emblem and the seal. However, the matter did not proceed further. The idea lay dormant for half a dozen years. CETAA was just a low rumble in the jungle.
In 1976 Dr. R. Ravikumar, then Professor of Mechanical Engineering who later retired as Director of Technical Education, took a strong initiative. The first brainstorming meeting was convened by him in Trivandrum Club and was attended by a core group consisting of Dr. J. Inayatulla, Dr. S. Hariharan, Dr. K.P.P. Pillai, Dr. A. Kulathu Iyer, Dr. R.V.G. Menon and Sri. S. Krishnakumar I.A.S. Action followed at a frenetic pace. A lifetime membership fee of Rs. 100/- was fixed. A relentless membership drive was conducted all over the State. Bye-laws were drafted by Sri. S. Ramanatha Pillai, Retd. Chief Engineer, PWD. (By the way, have you noticed that tongue-in-the-cheek clause at the end of the original Bye-Laws? That was Sri. Ramanatha Pillai`s contribution. It stipulates in all seriousness that: "If any of the above clauses does not apply in a specific situation, then Robert`s Rule will apply". What exactly is Robert`s Rule?. You clear your throat and say "will, er, that is anybody`s guess").
The first CETAA General Body Meeting was convened in the Indoor Auditorium in CET in December 1976. The Bye-Laws were passed. The meeting was followed by variety entertainments - a fantastic magic show by the then workshop Superintendent Sri. T. Sundaresan Nair, two brilliant dance items by the daughter of Prof. V.K. Savithri along with Regatta Dance Club, - culminating in the crowning item of the day, a hilarious Malayalam drama "The Return of the Native" which is still remembered with gusto by all those who witnessed it. The juggernaut of Cetaa started rolling.
CETAA Kochi comes under the prestigious summit- College of Engineering Trivandrum Alumni Association.
The Kochi chapter of CETAA was formulated in the year 1995 and is today one of the most active & vibrant chapters of the CET Alumni Association. The chapter conducts on regular basis seminars, panel discussions, training programmes and events with family participation such as get together & picnics. Several eminent personalities have visited the chapter & provided their valuable insights through their messages and guidance. CETAA Kochi cherishes the activities in its inception period by organising seminars on topics in emerging areas of Engineering & Business and recall talks made by the eminent Journalist & Economic analyst Shri S.Gurumurthy. TQM (Total Quality Management) by Dr Naidu,Gujarat Productivity Council and SCM (Supply Chain Management) by senior faculty of Indian Institute of Materials Management,Bangalore are events in the early days worth counting . These programme drew delegates in large number from various industries of Kochi. The CETAA Kochi has its own office inside the Engineers Club premises at Chakkaraparambu –Vennala Road ,Ernakulam. The Engineers Club Kochi , is an off shoot of the inspiration of CETAA Kochi. It is a unique entity bringing in engineering professionals of different disciplines to nurture a vibrant atmosphere for professional and social interaction. In short, it is an exclusive family club with a distinct identity, having affiliation to several reputed regional and national clubs in India. CETAA Kochi chapter has a biennially elected Managing Committee, which looks into the membership drive and several other activities of the chapter. The office of CETAA K is open to all CETians of Kochi who regularly meet on Wednesday evenings. The Global Meet 2016 which was hosted by CETAA Kochi has been the most distinct event in the history of the chapter , spreading the “Winds of change for a better tomorrow”. The technical sessions , Innovation awards & the cultural events showcased the excellence ,skills , enthusiasm & dynamism of CETians in this city. CETAA Kochi continues to pursue & demonstrate technical excellence for betterment of the society. The next dream of the chapter is to organise a major technical exhibition , which will bloom to a reality in early 2018.