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 Chairman of the Society.The Hon’ble Minister for Co-operation is the Vice Chairman the society.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan is the Chairman of the Society. The Hon’ble Minister for Co-operation; Shri. A. C. Moideen is the Vice Chairman of the Society. 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, College of Engineering and Management Punnapra, College of Engineering Pathanapuram, College of Engineering Aranmula, College of Engineering Muttathara, Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) Punnapra and a finishing School Kerala Institute of Making the Best(KIMB) Punnapra and Sagara Hospital Punnapra.
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 overwhelming public response to its educational mission has inspired CAPE to present the Finishing School (KIMB).