The Co-operative Academy of Professional Education (kerala) was formed to establish Educational Institutions in various professional fields to provide facilities for and promote Education and Training. The Co-operative Academy of Professional Education is promoted by the Co-operation Department of the Government of Kerala and is an autonomous society under Government of Kerala. The Society is being registered under the Travancore-Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Act, 1955 on the basis of the Memorandum of Association and the Rules as approved by the Government of Kerala. The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala is the Ex-Officio Chairman of the Society.The Hon’ble Ministerfor Co-operation is the Ex-Officio Vice Chairman and the Chairman of the Board of Governers, with the Director of the Academy as the Member Secretary of the society.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri. Oommen Chandy is the Ex-officio Chairman of the Society. The Hon’ble Minister for Co-operation; Shri. C.N Balakrishnan is the Ex-officio Vice Chairman of the Society and the Chairman of its Board of Governors. The members of the Society includes, amongst others, the Secretary to Government (Co-operation), Director of Technical Education, Director of Medical Education, Registrar of Co-operative Societies, Presidents of Kerala State and District Co-operative Banks, eminent experts in Technical and Medical Education and Industrialists. The governance of the CAPE is vested with a seven member Executive Committee headed by the Hon’ble Minister for Co-operation.
The first institution started was Co-operative Institute of Technology Vadakara. The others were College of Engineering Perumon, College of Engineering Thrikaripur, College of Engineering Thalassery, College of Engineering Kidangoor and Co-operative Medical College Kochi. The College of Engineering & Management Punnapra was started during the academic year 2008 at Punnapra in Alleppey district which is affiliated to Kerala University.
The overwhelming public response to its educational mission has inspired CAPE to present to the community its business school the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) at Punnapra which is affiliated to Kerala University. The first batch of MBA students were admitted during the academic year 2009-2010. The CAPE finishing school, Kerala Institute of Making the Best(KIMB) also started at Punnapra which is going to be the best finishing school in kerala.