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     PEC topper takes degree after 53 years

Chandigarh, February 4 2006

The 55th annual convocation of Panjab University brought with it a touch of the university’s glorious history when Mr Chandra Mohan, a 1953 batch student of Punjab Engineering College (PEC), received his engineering degree and a gold medal on the occasion today.

Mr Mohan, the founder father of Punjab Tractors Limited, Mohali, is now the Chairman of the Board of Governors of PEC, now a deemed university.

Stating that he had not been able to take his degree all these years, Mr Mohan pointed out that he had topped his batch of Bachelors of Science in Engineering-Mechanical. “That is what Bachelors in Engineering was called then. I passed it in first division with Honours. I have also got the gold medal today for topping the university,” he said proudly showing his degree.

The yellowing piece of paper which is years old had been stored by the university waiting for the student to collect it. “It was a miracle that it was found after all these years,” he said. Mr Mohan’s degree is signed by the then Chancellor of the university, the Punjab Governor, Mr C.P.N. Singh. The degree is dated December 1954, and was issued from Solan (Simla Hills) where the university was functioning from.

Also to make a mark at the convocation was Gaurav Moudgil, a student of Civil Engineering branch of PEC, who stood first in all branches of engineering taken together.

Three students from Thailand were awarded PhD degrees at the convocation. “We have done our Masters from Thailand, but decided to come to India for a higher degree,” said Saran Nakrob, who did his Bachelors and Masters in Musicology from Thailand. Saran has been in the university for over five years. “I was followed here by other Thai students Thanchant Yaiba and Chattra Charanjag. They too have got their PhD degrees in education today,” said Saran, adding that many other Thai students were studying in various colleges across the city.

Earlier in the day, the Chief Justice of India, Mr Justice Y.K. Sabharwal had inaugurated the University Institute of Legal Studies. Prof. K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, had extended a warm welcome to Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Justice D.K. Jain and other judges of the High Court, including Mr Justice H.S. Bedi, Mr Justice K.S. Garewal, Mr Justice Hemant Gupta, Mr Justice Surya Kant, Mr Justice S.S. Saron, at the inauguration ceremony.

Dr Pathak informed that the institute had been started in fulfilment of persistent demand from people in and around the city and the popularity of the course. The institute will have a moot court room, conference/seminar rooms, a state-of-the-art library with computer lab and Internet facility in addition to classrooms and faculty rooms.

Dr Lajpat Rai Munger, an NRI, who had recently donated over 10 acres in Hoshiarpur for the establishment of a regional centre of the university, was also honoured on the occasion.


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