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     PEC all set to award own degrees

Chandigarh, June 16th 2006, Tribune News Service

On June 24 this year, the Punjab Engineering College (PEC), the oldest engineering college of the north-west will, for the first time, award its own degrees. Gen S.F. Rodrigues, (Retd) Governor of Punjab and Administrator, Chandigarh, would be the Chief Guest on this historic occasion.

One of the most prestigious technical institutes of the region, PEC was established in 1921 as Mugalpura Engineering College at Lahore.

The name of the college was later changed to Maclagan Engineering College and it started functioning under this name in 1924. In 1931, the college got affiliated to Punjab University, Lahore. After partition in 1947, it was shifted to Roorkee and was renamed East Punjab College of Engineering. In 1950, the word ‘East’ was dropped and it came to be known by its present name ‘Punjab Engineering College’.

In October, 2003 the Government of India notified the Punjab Engineering College as a deemed to be university under Section 3 of the UGC Act. As such, the college is now managed by a Board of Governors and enjoys complete autonomy regarding its academic programmes. This is the first convocation where students will be awarded PEC’s (deemed university) own degrees. Earlier convocations were held on behalf of the Panjab University to which the college was affiliated.

On June 24, about 500 students are expected to be awarded their Bachelor’s degree in nine different disciplines of Engineering. Besides, around 200 students are likely to be conferred Master’s degrees in eleven different disciplines.

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