PEC to set up centre on virtual instrumentation
Chandigarh, June 24th 2006, Tribune News Service
Punjab Engineering College (PEC), a deemed university, was all set to set up a centre on “virtual instrumentation” and a training course on the subject would be run with the help of experts from the IIT, Kanpur, said Prof Vijay Gupta, PEC Director.
He was addressing a press conference before the first annual convocation of the institution as the deemed university. To bring the institution on a par with the best in the country, several measures were being taken, he said. Around Rs 50 lakh would be spent on creating infrastructure for setting up faculty on information security.
“The biggest area where we see that we can really invest our resources is in textiles. But it cannot be done without cooperation of the industry and we are in touch with some entrepreneurs,” he added.
About bringing the institution on a par with IITs, he said, “We cannot compete with the IITs in terms of research seeing the budget at their disposal, but we can certainly excel the area where research was not the only field. Capital investment, however, can be a hurdle in our way.”
“To allow the faculty to have better exposure, the Board of Governors has allowed three-year leave to the faculty members who want to peruse their PhD at any of the IITs,” he said.
Permission would also be granted to those who were selected to present their papers abroad, said Prof Gupta. He admitted that lack of exposure was a stumbling block as far an exposure to the faculty was concerned. He hinted at increasing the tuition fee from the next year.
Talking about the annual convocation, he said 600 students were awarded degrees. Eights students were given gold medals, while 12 got silver medals. The administrators’ gold medal was awarded to a student of electronics and electrical communication.
The convocation address was delivered by UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd).
A unique feature of this year’s convocation was that a new logo has been designed. The degree certificates have also been redesigned. An initiative has been taken to award degrees within a month of the completion of the BE/ME courses. Earlier, the degrees were awarded after a period of one year after completing these courses.
The UT Administrator said there was a need for active involvement of every individual in various human resource development programmes. He called upon the academics and professionals to be innovative in their approach and create imaginatively structured educational programmes.
General Rodrigues said, “We are nearing the goal of a sustained growth rate of eight per cent and our country is going to be one of the leading economies of the world.”
Exhorting the students to give primacy to national pride, honour and dignity, he said, “We, as a nation and as people, have come of age. We are comfortable with our ‘Indian-ness’ and do not feel the need to imitate others. Millions of our youth settled abroad have established a good image to be proud of, and we can face the future with confidence.”
Reminding the students of the value system enshrined in our 5,000-year old civilisation, General Rodrigues said, “We must go to our roots and rich traditions and work together for building a society based on social equality and compassion. We should ensure that the vision of new India of our dreams, guides our actions while discharging our duties in different fields of endeavour.”
Mr Chandra Mohan, chairman of the Board of Governors, said, “The 21st century brought many challenges and we have to think big and dream big to meet the global challenges.” He exhorted the students to utilise their time and energy for developing their skills to compete with the rest of the world successfully.
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