A total of 289 graduate and post-graduate pass-out students of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET),Panjab University; Dr SS Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (UICET),and UIET-PUSSGRC,Hoshiarpur,received their degrees at the awarding ceremony held at the PU auditorium on Sunday.
Padma Bhushan awardee and Chairman-Emeritus of Tata Consultancy Services,known as the father of the Indian software industry,Dr Fakir Chand Kohli,conferred the degrees on the students.
Addressing the students,Dr Kohli said India produces six to seven thousand top class engineers from IITs and similar institutes in a year.
About 3,000 of them migrate abroad for higher education and about 1,000 opt for business management courses. This leaves an insufficient number of graduates who have received quality education to undertake masters and doctoral programmes,he added.
Suggesting a solution to this problem,he said that if the country upgrades 50-60 other colleges,which admit students having more than 85 per cent marks,to the level of IITs,then India would be able to produce 25,000 to 30,000 top class engineers.
Dr Kohli said India has 1,200 engineering colleges but many of them are without adequate faculty,laboratories and libraries. India needs top class engineers to innovate its engineering processes,foster creative product development,meet faculty requirements and build strong and world class graduate schools in engineering,eventualy leading to research.
PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun K Grover,Dean University Institutions (DUI) Prof Madhu Raka,Registrar Prof A K Bhandari,chairperson of UICET Prof R K Chhabra,Director of UIET-Chandigarh Prof Renu Vig,Director of UIET-Hoshiarpur Prof J K Goswamy and other senior officers were also present during the ceremony.