Konkan Gyanpeeth College of Engineering (KGCE) is situated in Karjat ,in Raigad district of Maharashtra. KGCE is approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and is affiliated to the University of Mumbai since 1996. KGCE offers 4-year Bachelor of Engineering (BE) Degree programme in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Production Engineering, Instrumentation Engineering and Information Technology.
Location: Karjat is the last station of Central Railway (approx. 2 hrs by local train from Dadar) and is four kms away from Karjat Railway Station. KGCE college building is situated on top of a small mountain and has two storeys. But it has two floors below ground level (an architecture marvel).In fact entire Work shop, Mechanical and Production Department are situated below the Ground floor. The Labs, Canteen and classrooms are very spacious and building is well maintained. College boasts of having biggest playground and campus in Mumbai University. The College hostel is also one of the good hostels of Mumbai University.
Konkan Gyanpeeth has Staff of varying capabilities. Every year KGCE sponsors faculty members for P.G. & Ph.D. courses in reputed institutes. Few Lecturers have very good knowledge of their respective subjects, while others are student’s nightmare. Some Professors don’t even prepare themselves for the lecture and students don’t dare to question them. They know what will be its consequence in the Viva Voce, which is feared by most of the students. KGCE has a long history of professors taking advantage of VivaVoce to show their upper hand (which is discussed in closed student circles only). Few Peons and Non Teaching staff have airs of their own. They never leave opportunity to show off their supremacy. While others are there who are helpful in different manner. You can get file, journals etc of previous year if you have proper contacts.
Labs and Library:
KGCE has a spacious library having more than 10000 Technical books. The library also subscribes to National/International Journals and Periodicals .It has a capacity to accommodate large number of students (though it becomes inadequate during submissions). KGCE is making all efforts to equip its laboratories with the modern equipments. In the process, KGCE has acquired many state of art equipments like CNC Internal Combustion Engine, Steam Generator etc which college claims that even Govt Colleges don’t have.
Hostels of the College are good and spacious. There are 3 one storey building for Boys Hostel and 1 for Girls Hostel (though 1 building of boy’s hostel is locked out due to lack of students). They are comparatively clean compared to other hostels. Hostel is situated near college and far away from the nearest market. Therefore students find it very inconvenient when they want to have something from the market. Most of the students leave hostel after first year and stay in the town as a paying guest. Most of the students in hostel are from suburbs of Malad ,Kandivali and Borivali of Mumbai (apart from those who are from outside Maharashtra ).
Crowd of KGCE Sucks(it really does).This is one of the reasons why people don’t prefer KGCE even if it is good in education(which most of the time is immaterial to college goers).And as the year goes by ;it becomes bad to worst. I won’t comment more in this section.
Annual Fest of KGCE is called Spring Fiesta. It used to be much awaited event of the year. But its of not much importance for students these days, specially from the year when management decided to limit the Festival to 1 week only (5 days actually,).It is said that a Professor (who once served in army) few years back was responsible for this great act .All the sports and literary competitions are performed during this period.The Pronite (last day of festival) has lost its glamour due to lack of funds from college. Number of students coming from other colleges to this festival is usually nil, due to the remoteness of location of the college.
When I first came to KGCE it was in the month of June when rainy season just started. The atmosphere around college was very beautiful and captivating. I was enthralled by the greenery around College and made my mind to get admitted to this College (which I regretted later). That’s the only season which you enjoy. Most of the students fall in this natures bait and get admitted to KGCE. Winter is a bit harsh. The only problem is hot summer. You can feel sun rays burning your skin. Heat is exceptionally more than in any of the nearby regions. Attending lectures and practical becomes a Herculean task in this atmosphere. Academic performance of KGCE students has been excellent and consistently KGCE has been producing rank holders in the University of Mumbai. KGCE students have been performing excellent in sports and cultural activities as well and they have won several Trophies/Medals in various inter-college competitions.