Carmel College of Engineering and Technology (CCET), established in 2014, is a Catholic Self Financing Professional College born out of the educational vision of Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara, the founder of CMI congregation. Saint Chavara was a great educationalist and a social reformer of the 19th century.
He could foresee the changes in the environment and make strategic moves to build a better society based on fatherhood of God and brotherhood of humanity.Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), the first indigenous religious congregation of India with a membership of around 3000, renders its service to humanity in educational, social, health care and other activities aiming at the integral development of the society.
The Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (C.M.I.) was started by three illustrious priests of the Apostolic Church of St Thomas Christians in India. These Founders were Rev. Fathers Thomas Palackal, Thomas Porukara and St Kuriakose Elias Chavara.
They were assisted by Jacob Kanianthara who joined the Congregation as a brother co-operator. The Italian Carmelite Bishop, Maurilius Stabilini O.C.D., who was governing the St Thomas Christians of Kerala at that time, granted permission to start this religious Congregation. The foundation stone for the first monastery at Mannanam was laid on 11th May 1831. The first two of the Founding Fathers passed away in 1841 and 1846 respectively.
On 8th December 1855, the Religious Community at Mannanam became a canonically recognized Religious Congregation with the religious profession of the first batch of eleven priests headed by Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara. On this occasion the name assumed by the Religious Community at Mannanam was “Congregation of the Servants of Mary Immaculate of Mount Carmel”. Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara, the first “Prior” of the Congregation passed away with the odour of sanctity on 3rd January 1871. He was declared “Blessed” by Pope St John Paul II on 8th February 1986 at Kottayam, Kerala. He was canonized as “Saint” by His Holiness Pope Francis on 23rd November 2014 at Vatican.
Since the Latin missionaries of the Order of Carmelites Discalced (O.C.D.) were guiding the Congregation started at Mannanam during its early period, Latin Carmelite tradition had influenced the congregation from the very outset. In 1860, the General Chapter of O.C.D. in Rome affiliated this new Religious Congregation of the Oriental Rite to itself and gave it the name T.O.C.D. (Third Order of Carmelites Discalced). It was granted Pontifical Status in 1885.
The name of the Congregation was changed to C.M.I. (Carmelites of Mary Immaculate) with the approval of its revised Constitution by the Holy See in 1958. C.M.I. Congregation was given Pontifical Exemption in 1967.
CCET is rooted in Gospel values, and is committed to provide Holistic education through the development of intellectual competence, personal skills, inter-personal skills and societal skills. CCET welcomes to its fold students from all over the country in an environment of religious harmony and secularism.