It was one of the observations of the Engineering Personnel Committee of the Planning Commission that there is dire necessity for expansion of technical education to meet the shortage of technical personnel. Chandigarh College of Engineering & Technology formerly known as the Central Polytechnic, Chandigarh was set up in 1959. It was rechristened and upgraded to a Degree – College in the Year 2002. Chandigarh College of Engineering & Technology is a premier institute established by Chandigarh Administration to provide technical education at Diploma and Degree Levels in the emerging areas of Engineering & Technology. The college is imparting training in seven key engineering branches of three Years diploma course i.e. Civil Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Electronics & Communication Engineering; Architecture Assistantship; Computer Engineering and Production & Industrial Engineering. The institute also runs four years Part Time Diploma Course in Civil Engineering; Electrical Engineering & Mechanical Engineering. Four Year Under-graduate Programme leading to degree of Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science & Engineering; Electronics & Electrical Communication Engineering; Civil Engineering & Mechanical Engineering. In addition to these Engineering Programmers this institute is also running two Vocational stream (1) Scheme for Persons with Disability (Integrating Persons with Disabilities in the Mainstream of Technical & Vocational Education) Scheme offers Formal and Non Formal Training Programmes for Person with Disabilities to bring them in the mainstream of technical and Vocational education sponsored by Ministry of Human Resource Development and (2) MES (Modular Employable Skill) Courses Under Skill Development Initiative Scheme(SDIS) has been got registered as Vocational Training Provider (VTP) vide Registration Code-104010003 with Regional Directorate of Apprenticeship Training(RDAT), Faridabad for running the Modular Employable Skills Courses under the Skill Development Initiative scheme of Govt. of India, Ministry of Labour & Employment, New Delhi.
The institution is located in Sector 26, Chandigarh, near Grain Market on the main road called Madhya Marg. It stands almost in the middle of Railway Station and Main Bus terminus in Sector 17. Both these points are almost four kilometers from the campus.
The Institute offers 3 Years Regular Diploma Courses In the following Streams: