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PEC University of Technology

Punjab Engineering College
Motto तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय (Sanskrit)
अंधकार से प्रकाश की ओर ले चलो (Hindi)
Lead Us Move From Darkness to Light (English)
Established 1921
Type Public Institution
Undergraduates 1800
Location Chandigarh, India
Campus 146 acres (59 ha), Urban
Director Prof Dr. Manoj K. Arora
Website Official PEC website

PEC University of Technology, formerly known as Punjab Engineering College (Hindi: पंजाब इंजिनियरिंग कॉलेज, PEC), is an engineering institute located in the city of Chandigarh, India.


  • History 1
  • Rankings 2
  • Collaborations 3
  • Cultural and technical festivals 4
    • PecFest 4.1
    • Vyom 4.2
  • Student organizations 5
  • Hostels 6
  • Notable alumni 7
  • Alumni associations 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


The PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh was originally established as Mugalpura Engineering College at Lahore (now in Pakistan) on November 9, 1921. The name of the college was later changed to Maclagan Engineering College and it started functioning under the name on March 19, 1924. In the year 1931, the college was affiliated to Punjab University, Lahore. After partition in 1947, the college was shifted to Roorkee (India) and was renamed as East Punjab College of Engineering. In the year 1950 the word East was dropped and it came to know by its present name – Punjab Engineering College. Towards the end of December 1953, the college shifted to its present campus in Chandigarh to function under Govt. of Punjab. In 1966, with the formation of Union Territory of Chandigarh, the college same under control of Govt. of India through Chandigarh Administration. In October 2003, the Govt. of India notified the Punjab Engineering College as a Deemed to be University and thereafter it became known as Punjab Engineering College ( Deemed University). In 2009, the Board of Governors renamed the institution as PEC University of Technology.

In 1994 this institution was adjudged the best technical college in India by the National Foundation of Engineers. It occupies an area of 146 acres. Up to 1962, the college consisted of engineering departments of Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Thereafter the college expanded and five new departments in the fields of Aeronautical Engineering, Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Production Engineering and Computer Science Engineering were added gradually. Recently a new department of Information & Technology has been added. In the year 1957, Highway Engineering was added as the first post-graduate course in the college. Gradually other post-graduate courses were subsequently added. Presently there are eleven post-graduate courses leading to Masters of Engineering degree in Highways, Structures, Hydraulics and Irrigation, Rotodynamic Machines, Electrical Power Systems, Environmental Engineering (Interdisciplinary), Electronics Metallurgical Engineering and C.I.M. Facilities for post-graduate studies exist for regular as well as for part-time students. The college has facilities for research work leading to the award of Ph.D. degree in engineering in certain selected fields of different disciplines. The college also offers consultancy services in different disciplines.


University Rankings
Engineering – India
Outlook India[1] 5
Government colleges:
Mint[3] 4
* Limited participation

PEC was ranked #5 by the Outlook India Top Engineering Colleges of 2012.[1] It was ranked #3 by the limited participation CSR-GHRDC Engineering Colleges Survey 2011.[2] In rankings limited to government engineering colleges, it was ranked #4 by the Mint Top 50 Government Engineering Colleges of 2009.[3]


The college has collaborated with national and international educational institutions for student exchange programs. MoUs have been signed with corporates to attract projects and internships. Some of these collaborations are:

  • PEC-ESIGELEC France collaboration (Feb, 2009)[4]
  • PEC-ABB collaboration (Jan, 2009)[5]
  • PEC-UWA collaboration (Jan, 2009)[6]
  • PEC-JCB collaboration initiated (Sep, 2008)[7]
  • PEC-Philips collaboration (Sep, 2008)[8]
  • PEC-CSIO collaboration (Aug, 2008)[9]

Cultural and technical festivals

Logo for Vyom


PecFest is a cultural festival, organized by the students of the college. It attracts students from colleges from north India. Events include quizzes, workshops, game shows, informal events, fashion show (Glitterati), dance show (Groovz), Rock Night, Pronite, and a city-level beauty peagant.


Vyom earlier known as Technique (renamed in 2011) is the annual technical festival of Punjab Engineering College. It has run since March 2008. It has competitions along with workshops and guests lectures.

Student organizations

Technical societies

  • ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers (Student Chapter)
  • ISTE - Indian Society For Technical Engineers (Student Chapter)
  • IEEE - The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Student Chapter
  • IETE - The Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers Student Forum
  • SAE - The Society of Automotive Engineers Student Chapter
  • SME - The Society of Manufacturing Engineers Student Chapter
  • IIF - The Institute of Indian Foundrymen Student Chapter
  • The Robotics Society


  • Student Counselling Cell (Happy Folks of PEC)
  • Entrepreneurship Development Cell
  • Projection Design Club
  • Communications Club
  • Music Club
  • Speakers Association And Study Circle
  • Dramatics Club
  • Art and Photography Club
  • Energy and Envirovision Club
  • Rotaract Club
  • English Editorial Board
  • Hindi Editorial Board
  • Punjabi Editorial Board


There are four hostels for boys:

  • Shivalik - 1st year BE students,
  • Aravali - PhD and ME students,
  • Himalaya - 2,3 & 4th BE year students,
  • Kurukshetra - 2,3 & 4th BE year students .

and two hostels for girls:

  • Kalpana Chawla - B.E. students,
  • Vindhya - M.E. students.

Each hostel is self-contained with amenities such as reading room/indoor games/T.V. room, dining hall and mess.

Notable alumni

  • Sunil Saigal - Dean, Newark College of Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), B.E. Civil (1978).[10]
  • Jaspal Bhatti - satirist, comedian, film-maker; B.E. Electrical (1978).[11]
  • Kalpana Chawla - Space Shuttle Columbia astronaut; B.E. Aeronautical (1982).[12]
  • Dr. Ripi Singh, - Founder President and Innovator, +4Pi LLC, BE (1986) PhD (1991), MBA (2006)[13]
  • Gaurav Dhillon - founder and former CEO of Informatica Corporation and CEO and founder of the online movie site Jaman.[14]
  • Sonny Singh- Senior Vice President, Oracle ; B.E. Mechanical (1988) .[15]
  • Monte Ahuja- Chairman, Trans Star Industries; B.E. Mechanical;The Monte Ahuja College of Business, Cleveland State University,Ohio.[16]
  • Varun Berry, former CEO, PepsiCo Foods now COO, Britannia Industries; B.E. Mechanical.
  • Chandra Mohan,co-founded Punjab Tractors Limited ;Mechanical.[17]
  • Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon - Punjab politician [18]
  • Atam Prakash Arya, MD, Tata Manufacturing Solutions; B.E. Mechanical.
  • Vijay Kumar Dhir, Dean-School of Engineering and Sciences, UCLA;B.E Mechanical (1965)
  • Raman Sud, Vice President of Engineering, OATSystems; B.E. Electronics (1981)
  • Rajan Kohli, CMO, Wipro; BE Electronics.
  • Digvijay Chauhan - Co-Founder and CTO of AskMe Corporation; B.E. Electronics (1989)
  • Remi Kaler, North American Actor, BE (Civil) 1984
  • Sanjay Gupta - Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Heidrick & Struggles International
  • Sonia Bhanot - Ex-President & CEO, Verano
  • Arun Gupta - Founder & CEO, NeuVis, which was later acquired by Rational
  • Romi Malhotra, Head, Dell Computers, India
  • Rakesh Nath, Chairman, Central Electricity Authority, New Delhi
  • Akhil Verma - MD, S J Edutech (P) Ltd & Founder-CEO, Collaborative Innovators Inc.; B.E. Production (2002)
  • K Paul Singh - Co-founder, Primus Telecom
  • Steve Sanghi - Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Microchip Technology Inc.
  • Jarnail Singh,Chief Secretary, Govt. of India
  • Ankur Bajoria, presented new orbital space settlement design for NASA Space settlement contest; BE Civil
  • Rajkanwar Jolly, Scientist(G) at Aeronautical Development Agency; BE Aeronautical 1982
  • Gurkirpal Singh, designer of the guidance system for NASA Mars Curiosity Rover; BE Aeronautical (1982)
  • Nitin Madnani, Research Scientist (NLP) at Educational Testing Service, BE Electrical (2000)
  • Sarvnipun Chawla, did research on phenomenon of Black Hole; BE Production (2005)
  • Madan Lal Singla, the brain behind India's Moon Impact Probe of Chandrayaan-1 ; BE from PEC
  • Vivek Mehra, co-founder of Cobalt Networks, BE(Electronics)
  • Rakesh Kapania, Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award; BE from PEC
  • Tarunjit Singh Butalia, Research Scientist at Ohio State University; BE Civil (1987)
  • Vikas Garg, Vice President at Aryaka Networks, BE (electronics)
  • Vinod sood, Managing director - Hughes Systique (now Aricent group)
  • Sanjive Agarwala, Director of Silicon Development at Texas Instruments, BE (Electronics)
  • Arun Kapania, Director of Embedded Software Development at NVIDIA India, B.E. Electrical (1979)
  • Rajiv Saini, Senior Engineer at Samsung Austin Research center (SARC), BE (Electronics)
  • Puneet Goel, Co-Founder and Principal Consultant at Coverify Systems Technology
  • Arun Raju, Vice president - Development, DLF
  • Sushant madan, Design Automation Engineer for Microprocessor, Graphics and SoC products at Intel Corporation]
  • Sachin Nangia, Associate Director at Sony Corporation
  • Tarun Jain, Aerodynamics Scientist, Airbus
  • Rajkumar Pant, Professor of Aerospace Engineering at IIT Bombay, BE (Aerospace) 1983
  • Manjit Singh, scientist, The Boeing company
  • Srinivas Bettadpur, Senior Research Scientist at University of Texas, BE Mechanical (1984)
  • Dr.Awtar Singh, Executive Engineer (Retd.) at Punjab PWD, Irrigation Branch (Project - Bhakra Dam), Civil Engineering faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Founder of Lockwood-Singh and Associates, Los Angeles, CA, BE Civil (1949)
  • Sandeep Bakshi, MD, ICICI Prudential; B.E. Mechanical (1981).
  • Vanya Mishra - Miss India [19]
  • Harmeen Mehta - CIO, Bharti Airtel Limited; B.E. Computer Engineering (1996).
  • Tim Aditya Guleri, Senior MD, Sierra Ventures; BE (Electrical)
  • Sanjeev Aggarwal, Senior MD, Helion Ventures; BE (Electrical)
  • Kanwalinderjit Singh, Senior VP, Qualcomm; BE (Electronics)
  • Sudhanshu Pathak - Vice President(Steel), Tata Steel Limited; B.E. Metallurgical Engineering (1984).
  • Rakesh Kalra - Founder & CEO, thinkvidya; B.E. Computer Science & Engineering.
  • Dr. Mukesh Kumar - Chief Operating Officer, Vedanta Aluminium Limited; B.E. Metallurgical Engineering.
  • Abhishek Gupta, Founder, Black Butterfly Web Designer Pvt. Ltd.; BE Metallurgical Engineering (2015)
  • Aditya P Singh (Badshah),[20] Punjabi singer and Rapper; BE Civil Engineering (2006)

Apart from this, many students of PEC are selected for higher education in prestigious universities in USA, UK. Every year, many students of PEC qualify reputed exams like IES, GATE,CAT,GRE,GMAT etc.

Alumni associations

Auditorium at PEC Campus
  • PECOSA - Punjab Engineering College Old Students Association. PECOSA is the official alumni association recognised by the institute.
  • PALS - PEC Alumni Society
  • PECOBA - Punjab Engineering College Old Boys (sic) Association email list.
  • PECOBA USA - PECOBA USA members email list
  • PEC at USA - Another email list of Pecobians in the USA
  • PEC MATES - Largest Group of alumni of PEC on Facebook

See also

Vyom -


  1. ^ a b "Top Engineering Colleges".  
  2. ^ a b "GHRDC-CSR Engineering Colleges Survey 2013" (PDF).  
  3. ^ a b "Top 50 Government Engineering Colleges of 2009" (PDF).  
  4. ^ "News". 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  5. ^ "News". Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  6. ^ "News". 2009-01-15. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  7. ^ "News". Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  8. ^ "News". Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  9. ^ "News". Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  10. ^ New Jersey Institute of Technology. "Sunil Saigal biography". 
  11. ^ "Jaspal Bhatti's son, actress Surilie in a critical condition;– Times of India". 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Kalpana Chawla biography". 
  13. ^ 
  14. ^ the tribune. "Panjab University is mentioned as alma-mater because earlier PEC was affiliated to Panjab university". 
  15. ^ 
  16. ^ 
  17. ^ 
  18. ^ "Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon, engineer from PEC, Chandigarh". 
  19. ^ "Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon, engineer from PEC, Chandigarh". 
  20. ^ Badshah, Punjabi singer and Rapper "Badshah doesn't want to use Honey Singh's fame", Times Of India, 26 July 2014. Retrieved on 15 November 2014.

External links

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