Graduates of PEC University of Technology were advised to use their knowledge to drive innovations that can revolutionise the world during the 45th annual convocation of the institute in Chandigarh on Saturday.
The chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Anil Sahsrabudhe, who presided over the occasion as chief guest, addressed the graduates by saying, “The focus of the graduates should be on using their knowledge to drive innovations that can revolutionise the world. He mentioned how engineers today are problem solvers who may need to solve problems that are unheard of.”
Raising concerns about the falling standards of engineering colleges, he said, “We have many engineering colleges in India. More and more people are getting access to higher education these days. But what we must pay heed to are the falling standards in engineering education.”
Sahsrabudhe vouched for more autonomy to colleges to set their own academic syllabus and curriculum. He emphasised that colleges should also shoulder this independence responsibly.
As many as 412 students in BE programme, 247 in masters programme and eight in PhD programme were conferred with degrees on the occasion.
A number of meritorious students, including 10 gold medalists and 11 silver medalists, were also honored during the ceremony.
Som Mittal, chairman, board of governors, PEC, and the former chairman of Nasscom also addressed the gathering.
Emphasising the importance of work ethics, he said the value system of PEC students is the differentiating factor that helps them excel in the professional world.
He earmarked trust, humility and a sense of belonging for their work as traits that would help the young graduates excel in life.
Mittal appreciated the support extended by the UT administration time and again in all endeavors of PEC University of Technology.
Manoj K Arora, director, PEC University of Technology, presented the institutes’s annual report informing the audience that 415 students of PEC had received placement offers in over 93 companies in 2014-15.
Arora also mentioned that in 2014-15, about 150 research papers have been presented by the PEC faculty members in various national/international conferences and published in various journals.
Arora also recounted the support of PEC’s alumni network and thanked them for their support in preparing the college anthem “We are PEC”.
He informed the audience that a new PEC alumni website had been launched by the university. Encouraging the new graduates, he said, “Always uphold the values imbibed by PEC as you move forward in life and always strive to excel in whatever you do.”