Government Engineering College, Barton Hill was established by the Government of Kerala in the academic year 1999-2000. Within a short span of twelve years since inception, the college has achieved notable academic excellence. The college is a listed to the University of Kerala. It is under the administrative control of the Director of Technical Education, Government of Kerala.
The college was established in the month of November 1999 on the land donated by His Highness Sri.Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, the last ruling Maharaja of the princely State of Travancore. The college started its functioning in the buildings of the Barton Hill Girl's High School, Kunnukuzhy which is now defunct. The first principal of the college was Prof. G.Jayasankar and Dr. B Anil is the present principal of the college.