University College of Engineering (UCoE) at Punjabi University Campus Patiala came into existence in the year 2003, after long serious deliberations for about six months between the senior faculty of the University, technical experts and the Vice-Chancellor regarding the need of quality education in the field of Engineering and Technology in the state of Punjab. Punjabi University has shown a remarkable growth and excellence in the various fields over the last 40 years and has been accredited with Five Star status by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). Keeping in view the increasing needs of technical education and lack of proper faculty and facilities available in many recently established engineering colleges and feeling deeply concerned with the deterioration in the quality standards in the technical education, the University decided to use its potential for enriching the aspiring students and their parents with quality technical education in the state of Punjab, Overwhelming response from the people was witnessed during counselling conducted by Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, when UCoE was the first wherein all the seats in the three field of engineering (Computer, Electronics & Communication and Mechanical) were filled in the first counseling itself. This exhibits the tremendous faith, the people of Punjab have on the capacity and capability of Punjabi University, Patiala.
The University, on its part, has drawn up a master plan to be executed in three phases to provide technical education in the basic and specialized fields in the time to come. Although only three branches leading to B.Tech. degree have been offered in the first phase, second phase would introduce M.Tech. programmes in various disciplines besides adding another three branches namely Micro-electronics, Power Engineering and Bio-informatics and the third phase would include the further expansion and stress on the research work and establishment of a separate research and development centre with active involvement and participation of the industry. This centre would strive for providing solution to the technical problems of the industry and would suggest ways and means for overall growth of the industryin the region.