The Kelappaji College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Tavanur came into existence on October 2, 1985 along with the faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology under Kerala Agricultural University.
The College is named after Sri. K. Kelappan (1890-1971), a well-known freedom fighter and social reformer. He was a staunch follower of Gandhiji and the leader of the ‘Sarvodaya Movement’ in Kerala. His dedication to Gandhian principles in word and deed earned him the name ‘Kerala Gandhi’. Tavanur was the centre of Kelappaji’s social activities. It was in recognition of his services to the rural people that the Government of India established the Rural Institute at Tavanur in 1963 with Kelappaji as its Vice-Chairman. Kelappaji College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology was built up on the foundations of the Rural Institute, Tavanur. Owing to this historic connections between the two, the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology at Tavanur was named as ‘Kelappaji College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Tavanur’, in honour of SriKelappaji.
The Kelappaji College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology (KCAET) is located in Tavanur Village in Malappuram District of Kerala. It is beside the National Highway No.17, on the Kuttippuram – Ponnani sector. Tavanur is about eight kilometers from Kuttippuram Railway Station on the Shornur – Mangalore sector of Southern Railway. The holy river ‘Bharathapuzha’, alias ‘Nila’, forms the northern boundary of KCAET campus. Tavanur and Tirunnavaya, the neighboring villages on the other bank of Bharathapuzha, are places of religious and historical importance.
Growth of institution
Kelappaji College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology grew out of the Rural Institute, Tavanur after a few institutional metamorphoses. The history of the college begins with the establishment of a Rural Institute in Tavanur in 1963. It was one of the fourteen Rural Institutes established in India for the education of the rural youth. In 1975 it was taken over by Kerala Agricultural University as per the provisions of KAU Act 1971 and was re-named as ‘Institute of Agricultural Technology’ (IAT). The IAT continued to offer Diploma courses in two disciplines, namely, Diploma in Agricultural Sciences (D. A. Sc.) and Diploma in Agricultural and Rural Engineering (D. A. R. E). The landmarks in the history of KCAET are:
- On October 2, 1985 IAT was upgraded to a full-fledged professional degree College in Agricultural Engineering and was re-named ‘Kelappaji College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology’.
- The first statutes regarding the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology were published as Statutes SRO No.1046/86 with reference to G.O.No.313/85/GAD dated. 30-11-1985.
- Classes for the first batch of students admitted to B.Tech. (Ag. Engg.) degree program began on 23, January 1986.
- The post graduate program in Agricultural Engineering, which was started in KAU in 1979 under the Faculty of Agriculture for the degree of M.Sc.(Ag. Engg.), was also shifted to KCAET campus.
The infra-structure necessary for running the undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs was steadily built up since then with financial assistance from the State and Central Governments and ICAR. Several new facilities such as new Academic Building, Hostels, Residential Quarters, Computer Centre, Laboratories, Workshops, Equipment and Sports facilities were added during the last decade.
Present status of institution
Now the College is offering Degree, Post graduate and Ph.D courses in Agricultural Engineering and Degree course in Food Engineering. It is the only college in Kerala offering Agricultural Engineering course. Land & Water Resources and Conservation Engineering, Irrigation & Drainage Engineering, Farm Power, Machinery & Energy, Post Harvest Technology& Agricultural Processing, and Supportive and Allied courses are the departments. 24 teaching staff are presently working in these departments. The college is having infrastructural facilities like Laboratories, workshop, hostels, guest house and trainees hostel etc. The main mandates are teaching, research and extension. Besides teaching, research schemes like All India Co-ordinate Research Projects, Development of Innovative Farm Mechanization package for Kerala, Precision Farming Development Centre, Centre Sector Schemes, RashrityaKrishiVikasYojana scheme etc are functioning in this college. The Institute is giving training to farmers, agricultural officers, students, youth and entrepreneurs,in the subjects like farm mechanization, precision farming, agricultural processing etc. The College is also offering farm advisory services. Around 2000 visitors of various categories (farmers, students and youths) are visiting every year. The KrishiVigyan Kendra of Malappuram is also functioning in this campus.