The Canada—India Institutional Cooperation Project (CIICP) initiated in 1993 was the genesis of Centre for Continuing Education Kerala (CCEK). CIICP was a project involving 13 polytechnics in the southern states of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and 10 colleges in Canada. When the project period ended the Government of Kerala decided to continue the project on its own. Accordingly, an autonomous body with the name ‘Centre for Continuing Education Kerala’ was established in 1998 under the Department of Higher Education, Government of Kerala.