PEC University of Technology Completes a Glorious Century of Existence
In November 2021, PEC University of Technology, a premier engineering university (now spread to humanities and management disciplines too) completed 100 years of its glorious existence with a refreshing national event. With a new Director at the helm of affairs, and positivity exuding in the air, PEC promises to take a leap ahead and resurrect its past status among leading institutes of India.
The institute has come miles in its development from where it initially began, and it is now motivated to go miles ahead from this juncture of 100 year completion!
THE GLORIOUS HISTORY
The founder of PEC, Sir Edward Douglas Maclagan, initially established the University in Lahore in 1921 named Mughalpura Technical College. With the progression of time, the institute changed to East Punjab College of Engineering in 1947, located at Roorkee, after forming its affiliation to Panjab University in 1932. Ultimately, it was renamed Punjab Engineering College in 1950 and shifted to Chandigarh in 1953. PEC is noteworthy to produce exemplary Aeronautical and Aerospace engineers such as Kalpana Chawla, among others.
PEC recently went all out to celebrate its foundation day and to commemorate all its achievements over the decades. The city witnessed a 10-foot balloon hoisting and cake-cutting ceremony attended by numerous notable chief guests, including the UT Adviser Mr Dharam Pal, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Technical Education Secretary, and others. Not leaving its students behind in this moment of festivity, the college presented 654 B Tech degrees, 160 M Tech degrees and 27 PhD degrees of the academic year 2020-21.
THE ARRIVAL OF THE PRESIDENT OF INDIA
The occasion became double joyous with presence of President of India Sh. Ram Nath Kovind gracing the institute’s campus with his presence. He commended PEC for not only being a glorious educational institution but a significant centre of nation-building. During his address at the campus, he pointed out that this is historically rare moment which PEC has achieved by completing 100 years of its existence. Further, President Kovind emphasized PEC’s contribution in Aeronautics after it gave IAF the first batch of 17 Aeronautical engineers.
Despite all that it has achieved, PEC senior functionaries do not wish to stop here. With a determined budget of Rs 100 crores, establishing a central research facility is currently on the cards. To further strengthen the quality of education and research, PEC has initiated a faculty appraisal programme. Sharing his thoughts PEC Director Prof Baldev Setia said, “I feel privileged to be a part of this institution. The 100 years of standing has been on account of all the students and faculty, both past and present, whose contribution has made PEC reach its heights of success.”