Government College of Engineering, Salem - 11, was started during the Third Five Year plan in the year 1966 and is located on a beautiful 162 hectares site surrounded by hills. This was then the third government engineering institution in Tamil Nadu. The first batch of students was selected for the academic year 1966 - 67 for courses in Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering. In the year 1973 - 74, the Metallurgical Engineering branch was started. Electronics and Communication branch was introduced in the year 1985 - 86. Computer Science engineering course was introduced in the year 2001.