323 PEC students awarded degrees
Chandigarh, October 11th 2008, Express News Service
“We have now come to a stage where to remain competitive, the mantra is innovation,” said Satish Kumar Kaura, chairman and managing director, Samtel Colour Ltd, who was the chief guest for the convocation held at the Punjab Engineering College (PEC) on Saturday. Jarnail Singh, secretary, Border Management, MHA Government of India was the guest of honour.
Kaura congratulated the 323 students who were conferred with their respective degrees. Addressing the Convocation, Chief Guest Mr. Satish Kumar Kaura extended his wholehearted congratulations and very best wishes to the young graduates. He reminded the students to reflect the love and affection their parents have bestowed and the sacrifices they have made to make this milestone possible. He emphasized that there is enough talent in the country and if the students have the will and commitment they can take on any challenge.
Mr. Kaura recalled the success story of IT. It started with the arrival of IBM 1620 on a buffalo cart to IIT Kanpur. Through the vision of faculty at IITK and initiative of FC Kohli of Tatas, and with Infosys, Wipro and Satyam entering into the arena, it has grown into a global enterprise with a workforce of about six lakh youngsters with an average age of 27 years contributing to large exports. Today India is synonymous with IT and it occupies a premier position in the league of nations.
Mr. Kaura added that we have now come to a stage where to remain competitive, the mantra is innovation. After the liberalisation, automobile sector has grown aggressively and has reached world standards in quality and cost. Mr. Kaura concluded with the advice that ‘The present environment is very challenging with many opportunities awaiting you which did not exist before. To innovate, you must have strong fundamentals and an out-of-box thinking. If you want to be an entrepreneur, the support structure is very inviting but you must have commitment and patience.’
Sh Jarnail Singh, IAS, congratulated the graduating students as they enter a new challenging and competitive field of life.
Shri Chandra Mohan, Chairman of the Board of Governors of PEC (Deemed University) also addressed the graduates. He said “Two decades of grooming by your parents and teachers is all a preparation to enable you to soar into the blue skies of the world on your own. Adjustment to this new-found freedom takes some time and you will soon begin to enjoy it. Remember that life is not all sunshine and roses; ups and downs are inescapable companions. Flexibility, optimism and smile are great passwords through the lows. But whatever you do now on, do not forget that money alone is not enough to sustain you through life. What makes life worth living is a larger goal; something which excites you emotionally. No sacrifice is too great. No roadblock can hold you. Working for it gives you endless satisfaction.”
Earlier, Prof. Manoj Datta, Director, Punjab Engineering College, welcomed the Chief Guest, Mr. Satish Kaura, Guest of Honour, Sh. Jarnail Singh, Chairman BOG Er Chandra Mohan ji and esteemed members of BOG, presented the annual report of the college for the year 2007-08 and highlighted the excellent performance of the students in academics, sports and other extra-curricular activities. He proudly announced that out of the 388 students who cleared their B.E. examinations in 2005, as many as 326 had secured 1st divisions.
The Director applauded the Training & Placement Cell of the College. 320 out of the 323 eligible BE students of 2007-08 batch have been offered jobs through campus interviews conducted by 66 companies. 44 ME students also secured jobs through these interviews.
Prof. Datta thanked the Chandigarh administration for adopting a positive approach towards the problems of the college. He also expressed his gratitude to the industries that have expressed faith in the graduates of the college by recruiting them through campus interviews. He also thanked the alumni for their services rendered to the society and also for instituting awards and scholarship for the needy students of the college.
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