The department is actively engaged in research ranging from theoretical investigations to practical implementation. During Regional Engineering College (REC) time mainly the institute has focused on teaching activities and research was limited to sponsored projects from MHRD and AICTE
Since, the Institute has transformed to the NIT status by 2002, intensive research has been started in the Electrical Engineering department.
The Department has six broad research groups:
1. Power & Energy Systems,
2. Industrial Power and Automation,
3. Electric Machines & Power Electronics,
4. Control System and Instrumentation,
5. High Voltage Engg
6. Biomedical and Signal Processing.
These groups also promote interdisciplinary research that is in the domain of the faculty expertise. The laboratories and research facilities in the Department are well maintained and regularly updated. Members of the faculty are actively involved in sponsored research and consultancy works. The R&D projects undertaken in the past were sponsored by the various agencies like the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Department of Science &Technology (DST), Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, Government of Kerala, DRDO, CDAC etc. A number of projects are in progress.