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Chandigarh, December 27th 2006, Tribune News Service

Old students of the Punjab Engineering College today demanded that the college lay more emphasis on practical aspect of engineering.

At least 30 students of the 1981 batch of the college, now a deemed university, met today as part of the silver jubilee celebrations.

The former students added that the basics taught by the college had stood them in good stead, but they found themselves at a loss when it came to hands-on working experience.

The duration of industrial training was too little for students to get a real feel of what it was to work, said Mr Rakesh Mahajan, settled in Detroit, the USA.

Mr Anupam Mahindroo from Gurgaon said the college should realise the importance of practical training and increase the training to at least three months, if not an entire semester. Mr Rajeev Bajaj from Qadian suggested that industrial training should also have some weightage in examinations.

The old students of the college felt that the college should also update its curriculum more often. Admitting that old students could contribute a lot to the college, especially in offering scholarships and funding the installation of new machines, Mr Mahajan pointed out that the old studentsí body needed to be more proactive.

Mr Rakesh Sehgal from Michigan, the USA, stated that a lot could be improved if the teachers had more competition among themselves. Teachers should have the maximum benefit of the research they carried out and the college should allow them to pick up private projects, he said.

Mr Sanjeev Raghuvanshi said the old students were also planning to propose the representation of an old student on the board of governors of the college.

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