Government College of Engineering, [GCE] Chennai was started in October 1981 to fulfil the needs of the people of this region. Till then the youth of the southern districts had to go to Madurai and places farther away to pursue their engineering studies. Thus, with the starting of this college, one of the long felt expectations of the people of this area came to be fulfilled. This institution is ideally located in an extent of about 55 acres. It is about 1 km from Tirunelveli new bus stand. The college campus lies on the Tirunelveli - Trivandrum national highway.
At its inception, the college admitted students for 3 undergraduate branches, namely Civil, Mechanical and Electronics and Communication Engineering. Electrical and Electronics Engineering branch was introduced during the academic year 1986-’87. Further, Computer Science and Engineering branch has been offered since the academic year 1989 - ’90. A Post-graduate course (M.E. Degree) in Computer Science and Engineering was started during 1994 - ’95. Part-time B.E Degree courses are offered in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering.