Dr.RM.Alagappa Chettiar, a man of rare wisdom, and forethought, founded Alagappa Chettiar Educational Trust with the sole aim of developing the backward area of Karaikudi into a centre for higher education and provided necessary funds for the establishment of education and provided necessary funds for the establishment of educational institutions. On the Occasion of laying of the foundation stone of the central Electro Chemical Research Institue by pandit jawaharlal Nehru on 25th july 1948. Dr.Alagappa Chettiar, in his Welcome address, said
“It is my hope to start here an Engineering College immediately. A College with Dr.Alagappa Chettiar and the University of Madras willing start functioning with Civil Engineering by academic year 1949.”
In 1952, Dr. Alagappa Chettiar’s dream came true. Alagappa Chettiar College of Engg & Tech., Started functioning from 21st July 1952 with three faculties – Civil,Mechanical, Electrical & Electronics Engineering. The Foundation tablet for the main building of the college was laid by Dr.Rajendra Prasad, the then President of India on 19 th February 1953.