The year 1976 saw the birth of a luminous star of learning on the educational horizon. The star was to later blaze a trail across the Indian skies guiding scores of students to scale the heights of success in their careers, professions and enterprises. Today, the beacon stands firm on massive pillars, having stamped indelible imprints on the glorious academic traditions of India. This is the story of PRATHAP FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING, the brainchild of the great visionary Dr. G.P.C. Nayar, who wanted to redefine educational standards in India by shaping it as a window to the emerging market-driven global economy. Prathap Foundation of Education and Training started its first academic institution, the School of Communication and Management Studies (SCMS) in 1976, which in later years earned fame and glory as a top business school. It was rechristened as SCMS COCHIN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS in the year 2013. The Foundation went on establishing institutions to offer professional education in engineering, technology, management, hospitality, animation, biotech research, socio-economic research and other professional areas with the core concept of quality and excellence in anything it does. Together, these institutions constitute SCMS GROUP OF EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
The SCMS Group of Educational Institutions decided to start a state-of-theart polytechnic college to offer diplomas in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Automobile Engineering and Computer Engineering with the idea of filling up part of the large shortage in the field. This decision was taken on the basis of a study conducted by an external agency which found there is a great demand for engineering diploma holders in this country. In the manufacturing sector, particularly the engineering and automobile sectors, there is a great shortage of technicians and technical hands. The existing institutions are not able to provide even half the requirement in this sector. We hope our effort will at least partially meet such growing demands in the field. SCMS Group has a national reputation for excellence in engineering and management education and we hope to maintain the same level of standard and excellence for SCMS College of Polytechnics.
Dr. Pradeep P. Thevannoor, the late Vice Chairman of SCMS Group, was a great visionary and a source of inspiration for all of us at SCMS Group. He wanted to take SCMS to great heights in quality and excellence. A man of fertile imagination and untiring energy, he was in a hurry to accomplish his pet projects. SCMS Engineering College was closest to his heart. He was also the guiding force and inspiration behind SCMS School of Architecture and projects like SCMS Water Institute, Biotechnology Research Centre, the now famous Neera, biofuel from coconut oil, the antidiabetic tea powder ‘Stevia Tea’ and a host of other activities. They were all products inspired and initiated by him. Widely travelled, his unfinished mission was for spreading the wings of SCMS to London and Bangalore by establishing academic institutions. He died on his way to Bangalore for project evaluation on 17.11.2014 when his car collided with a truck and died instantly. True to his nature, he lived for SCMS and died for it.