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College of Engineering, Guindy

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The College of Engineering, Guindy (CEG) is a public engineering college situated in Chennai, India. It is Asia's oldest technical institution, founded in 1794. It is also the oldest technical institution to be established outside Europe. Due to the growing need for surveyors by the East India Company, the 'School of Survey' was established in a building near Fort St. George on the suggestion of Michael Topping in 1794. This school was one of the first of its kind in the country and it started out with 8 students. It became the Civil Engineering School in 1858 and was renamed College of Engineering in 1859, with the inclusion of a mechanical engineering course. The college was shifted for a short period to Kalasa Mahal, Chepauk, before settling at its present location in 1920 as College of Engineering, Guindy. College of Engineering, Guindy is one of the first institutes in India to offer degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, telecommunication, highway engineering and printing technology and materials science and engineering. In 1978, College of Engineering, Guindy became a constituent college and the principal seat of Anna University. Since 2019 the four flagship campuses of Anna University including the College of Engineering, Guindy were recommended to be recognized as an Institute of Eminence by the University Grants Commission of India. However, the Government of Tamil Nadu has rejected the Central Government's offer for fear of loss of the quota of reservations for candidates from backward caste (BC), most backward caste (MBC) backgrounds . The Vice-Chancellor of the university, M. K. Surappa, along with the alumni body of the institution were in favour of attaining the recognition as an Institute of Eminence. Under Tamil Nadu State Government ownership, CEG covers around 223 acres of land right in the center of Chennai. It serves as the main campus of Anna University. The college has 16 hostels which provide accommodation to over 3,500 students.
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