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     PEC students want director to stay

Chandigarh, July 31st 2007, Tribune News Service

Setting a rare example in the history of student-teacher bond, hundreds of students from various disciplines of engineering of Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12 got together today in the cricket ground to kick start a unique campaign. They requested Vijay Gupta, director of the institute, not to leave the college.

Vijay Gupta, an alumnus of IIT, Kanpur had announced his resignation on July 28 due to some personal reasons. Students put up a huge graffiti to begin a signature campaign in the college.

Around a thousand students signed the campaign citing various reasons pleading Gupta not to leave. The students were of the view that Dr Gupta had proposed, PEC should be given IIT status and the college was working towards the goal.

He was responsible for bringing the college to such a high academic scale. He played a major role in bringing out studentís charter, teachers manual and creation of academic council of PEC.

The students proposed to submit a memorandum to the governor and Chandigarh administration urging them to convince Gupta to withdraw his resignation. The further added that if the director doesnít agrees, he should be asked to stay back till a new director from not less than an IIT institute joins the office.

In support of their demands students boycotted their classes today and propose to hold a candle light march in the coming few days.

In an emergency executive body meeting of Punjab Engineering College Old Students Association (PECOSA) held today, the executive body expressed deep concern on the magnitude of loss, which PEC and its students are going to face as a result of Dr Guptaís resination. All the programs are still at an evolutionary stage and are in the process of documentation. Vikram Hans, president PECOSA said they would soon meet the Chandigarh Administrator and ask him to probe into the circumstances behind his resignation.

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