Electronics department was envisaged as a postgraduate Department with Master’s Degree and Doctoral programmes in frontier fields of Electronics. Realising the growing needs of trained man-power in various fields of Electronics, the University decided to start teaching programmes in the Department which was formally approved by the University Grants Commission and All India Council for Technical Education. in due course. Initially, an M.Tech. course was started with a student strength of 6, which was subsequently raised to 25 with 5 seats reserved for students sponsored by industries and R&D institutions.
In 1983, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the University Grants Commission (UGC) extended financial support to the M.Tech. course. The Doctorate Programmes of the Department are mainly in the fields of Underwater Acoustics, Ocean Electronics, Microwave Propagation & Antennas, Microprocessor Applications and image processing . External agencies like DST,DRDO,CSIR , ISRO and the State Government are supporting this Department through various Research projects and Research Fellowships.
In 1988, the University Grants Commission sanctioned “COSIST” assistance to the Department for development of postgraduate education and research in the areas of Microprocessor Applications and Microwave Antennas. In 1993, the Department was selected by UGC for the Departmental Research Support (DRS) in the field of Ocean Electronics. In 2005, DST selected this Department for financial assistance under FIST Programme for a period of 5 years.