Noorul Islam Centre for Higher Education comprising the Noorul Islam College of Engineering as its constituent teaching unit, has been declared as a Deemed to be University by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (Department of Higher Education, Government of India under section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, on the advice of the UGC, vide Notification No. F.9-51/2004-U.3 dated 8th December 2008. The University is run by the Noorul Islam Centre for Higher Education (NICHE) Society with Janab Dr. A.P. Majeed Khan as the President of the Society, NICHE and Chancellor of the University. The university campus is situated in the serene and lush green base of Velimalai, a spectacular part of Western Ghats Hills near the famous Padmanbhapuram Palace. It is only 1.5 Km interior towards the foothills of the mountains from Kumaracoil Junction on the Kanyakumari- Thiruvanathapuram National Highway (NH-47).
The Growth- Noorul Islam Engineering College, established with a humble beginning in the year 1989 with two under graduate engineering programs and an intake capacity of 80 students, has now metamorphosed itself into one of the best educational institutions in the southern region of India offering 18 undergraduate &16 Post Graduate Programmes in Engineering and Technology, one language programme (M.A English), one M.B.A program, one M.C.A program, 7 M.Phil Programmes and Ph.D degree in all discipline.