The KCAET, Tavanur is the seat of the erstwhile Rural Institute established by the Government of India in the year 1963. This institute was taken over by the University in 1975 and renamed as Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT). The IAT offered Diploma in Agrl. Science (DASC), Diploma in Agrl. & Rural Engineering (DARE) and Agrl. Mechanic Course (AMC). The Kerala Agricultural University established the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering & Technology in the year 1985 by upgrading the IAT and renamed it as "Kelappaji College of Agricultural Engineering & Technology".