College of Engineering, Poonjar is established by the Institute of Human Resources Development (IHRD), A Government of Kerala Undertaking. IHRD is a pioneer educational organisation supported by Kerala Government, which has the magnificent track record of facilitating quality technical education in the state, especially in the fields of Electronics and Computer Science. It manages more than 40 institutions all over the state, including Engineering Colleges, Polytechnics, College of Applied Sciences, Regional Centers and Technical Higher Secondary Schools. College of Engineering, Poonjar started its functioning in the academic year 2000-2001. The College is affiliated to the prestigious Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT).
Poonjar is a place of historic importance, situated on the north-eastern part of Kottayam district, the educational capital of Kerala. Poonjar, a town at the foothills of Western Ghats, hails its noble history as the capital of Poonjar Kingdom. It is well connected to the other parts of the state by frequent state transport and private bus services. The college is located very near to the Poonjar- Ettumanoor State Highway.Poonjar is very near to the well-known tourist spots like Poonjar Palace, Vagamon, Kolahalamedu, Ilaveezhapoonchira etc. The popular Christian pilgrim centre Bharananganam and Aruvithura is also very near to Poonjar.