James College of Engineering and Technology is promoted by the James Memorial Charitable Trust of the port town of Colachel in Kanyakumari District. Even though James Memorial Charitable Trust forayed into the Educational Service Sector just 23 years ago, it is universally well-known for its relentless and illustrious legacy of healing and social activities which span over 75 long fruitful years, right from the times when allopathic medical facilities were almost non-existent in this part of the peninsula.
In addition to the path-breaking James College of Engineering and Technology, James Memorial Charitable Trust has also been successfully running several other educational institutions in various parts of Kanyakumari District. The versatile educationalists, erudite scholars and epoch-making health personnel who have been uninterruptedly passing out in flying colors from James Memorial Charitable Trust's numerous educational institutions, and invariably excelling as torch bearers across the globe are an eloquent proof to the undisputedly meticulous and innovative education which is imparted to the students of all the role model institutions of James Memorial Charitable Trust.
"To achieve excellent standards of quality education by keeping pace with rapidly changing technologies and create technical manpower of global standards with capabilities of accepting new challenges".
"Our efforts are dedicated to impart quality and value based education to raise satisfaction level of all stake-holders. Our strength is directed to create competent professionals".
At a time, access to allopathic medical facilities and medical care was practically non-existent in the villages of Kanyakumari and neighboring districts, Late. Dr. D. James, about 75 years ago, started a rural hospital and provided medical care to the poor and needy people irrespective of caste, creed and religion with the deepest sense of concern, love and responsibility. His life was a life of pure sacrifice. Towards his medical services, he charged a very nominal fee only for those few who could afford. He extended free treatment and travel expenses to the poor patients. People, not only from the local district, but also from the neighboring districts benefited from his social, medical and humanitarian services. After his demise, the veritable need to continue the services left by him was felt by all his friends, well-wishers and the public.
Therefore, James Memorial Charitable Trust was formed in the year 1999 with his son Dr. J. Premkumar as the Managing Trustee. The original hospital was expanded into a 100 bedded multi-speciality hospital which is the present James Hospital in Colachel of Kanyakumari District. Moreover, a care and support centre for People Living with HIV/AIDS and rehabilitation centres for destitute women such as free Tailoring, Embroidery, Computer Education, Coir making, Envelope making, Kopra making etc. were started. Educational institutions such as James College of Education, a School of Nursing, a Teacher Training Institute and a College of Engineering and Technology were also started for providing value-based education and good health care including life-saving emergency medical services to the people in the villages.
"Dedicate some of your life to others. Your dedication will not be a sacrifice. It will be an exhilarating experience because it is an intense effort applied toward a meaningful end".