Initially, Pondicherry Engineering College was affiliated to the University of Madras for its first batch of students, who were admitted in the academic year 1985-86. With the establishment of Pondicherry University (Central University) by the Govt. of India in the UT of Puducherry, all the academic programs of the college have been affiliated to Pondicherry University from the second batch of students onwards. Recently, Pondicherry University has awarded the Permanent Affiliation status to Pondicherry Engineering College . The college is already enjoying ‘autonomous status’ under Pondicherry University to offer postgraduate programmes under the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS), for which the college conducts examinations, publishes results and forwards recommended candidates to the University for the award of degrees.
The curriculum and syllabi of all the programmes are revised at regular intervals to keep pace with the latest developments in the respective areas of specialization and are vetted by practicing professionals from reputed industries in and around Pondicherry. With the rich experience of ‘academic autonomy’ gained over the past 18 years in running its post graduate programmes, the college is seeking an ‘Autonomous Status’ under Pondicherry University for running all the undergraduate programmes as well.
The admission to B.Tech programmes is made through Centralized Admission Committee (CENTAC), Government of Puducherry. 85% of the total intake is earmarked for candidates belonging to UT of Puducherry and the remaining 15% is for candidates from other States of India. Out of the seats earmarked for candidates belonging to other states, five seats are allotted by MHRD. The admission for the students belonging to UT of Puducherry is on the basis of merit-ranking of marks secured in the qualifying exam, whereas, for the candidates from other States, it is based on the AIEEE score.