Kunjali Marakkar School of Marine Engineering

Kunjali Marakkar School of Marine Engineering (KMSME) located in Cochin, Kerala, India, is the first marine engineering college in the state of Kerala.[1] Located in the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) main campus, KMSME started its first batch of four-year B-Tech marine engineering programme in 2003 and opened its own campus in 2007.[2] It is the only marine engineering training institute in the country, that is under the direct control of state owned Government University.

Kunjali Marakkar School of Marine Engineering
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Kunjali Marakkar School of Marine Engineering
FounderRoy V Paul
N Gangadharan Nair
DirectorJohn Pyle
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CampusCUSAT Main Campus
AffiliationsCochin University of Science and Technology


The B-Tech Marine Engineering course was started in CUSAT in 2003 as a division of the School of Engineering. However, due to the uniqueness of the course, an exclusive campus was devised later. The foundation stone of the campus was laid on February 2, 2006 and it was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan on October 28, 2007. Meanwhile, the university separated the course from the School of Engineering and called it Kunjali Marakkar School of Marine Engineering.

B-Tech Marine Engineering which is a compulsorily residential regimental course secured approval of both the AICTE and Director General of Shipping as it is a pre-sea course. B-Tech's enrolment increased from 40 to 80 in 2013.[3] In 2017 Nila John from the institute became the first lady in Kerala to successfully complete the Marine Engineering course.[4]


Dr KA Simon, the first and longest serving director in the history of the institute

The current director of the institute is MP John who took over the office from Prof.Dr KA Simon on October 9, 2019.Dr Simon is the first director in the history of the institute. He joined KMSME in the year 2007 and was the director for 12 years.[5]


Admissions are available through a common admissions test administered by CUSAT. The college offers students courses in B-Tech and M-Tech Marine Engineering. M-Tech course was started in 2016.[6]


University Sports CaptainsEdit

Students from the KMSME had been appointed as the Sports Captain of the CUSAT for several times. So far 6 people has been appointed as the sports captain within the last[when?] 12 years.


Nitheesh Sasankan, captain of the volleyball team of KMSME from 2018-2020

In 2018 KMSME volleyball team created history by winning the University championship for the first time under the captaincy of Nitheesh Sasankan popularly known as 'Ujee Nitheesh'. On seeing his performance, he was trialed by Kochi Blue Spikers for their 2018 season squad. He was picked but were on the reserves list in case of any injury backup.[7][8]


In 2020 the football team of the college won their first ever University championship under the captaincy of Azeem Russel.The team was coached by Muthu Krishnan and Sarath S

Techno Cultural FestivalsEdit


The Propulzo is the Kerala's only National level Maritime Techno-cultural festival organised by the students of KMSME.[9] The first edition was organised in 2016.[10] In the 2020 edition of the Propulzo under the leadership of 'Students Chairman' Ashwin Venu, Sunburn Campus also took place for the second time in the history of CUSAT.[11]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "KMSME". kmsme.cusat.ac.in. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Cusat's Kunjali Marakkar School turns 10". www.deccanchronicle.com. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  3. ^ Staff Reporter (1 August 2012). "Marine engineering seats in Cusat may be doubled". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  4. ^ "All at sea? No way, says Nila - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Farewell to Dr. K.A Simon at Cochin University of Science and Technology". News Experts. 11 October 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  6. ^ Online, Mathrubhumi Education. "M.Tech Marine Engg: Spot Admission". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  7. ^ "A serve to history: Kochi Blue Spikers - The New Indian Express". www.newindianexpress.com. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  8. ^ Kumar, Suhith. "Pro Volleyball League ready to unleash spikes and digs". Sportstar. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Cochin University of Science and Technology-News". www.cusat.ac.in. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Propulzo 2k17". www.eventoz.co.in. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  11. ^ "Propulzo, KM School of Marine Engineering, CUSAT, South Kalamassery, Kochi (2020)". www.schoolandcollegelistings.com. Retrieved 2 August 2020.