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Posted at: Nov 10, 2017, 2:14 AM; last updated: Nov 10, 2017, 2:14 AM (IST)

PEC remembers Kalpana Chawla on its foundation day

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 9

The PEC University of Technology celebrated its 96th foundation day today. The distinguished alumnus awards for excellence in career went to Kalpana Chawla.

Dr PV Rao, former principal of PEC, was the chief guest. Before the ceremony started, the chief guest and the alumni were received by Director Dr Manoj K Arora and the Dean Alumni Dr KK Gogna at the director’s office. The ceremony began by lighting the lamp and the playing of the PEC anthem, following which the chief guest addressed the audience.

“It’s great to be here after so many years and see the younger generation go through the same path of learning,” said Dr Rao. Speaking about the rich history of the institution, he motivated the students to keep up its glory and prestige.

The institution’s journey from a college in Lahore to one of the most renowned universities in India was showcased through a video.

The award for Young Research Fellowship Programme went to Chirag Sachdeva, for his exemplary contribution in the field of research and innovation.

The award ceremony was followed by an address by Rakesh Sharma, a 1976 alumnus of the institution, who further encouraged the students to apply for the program and hence benefit from the various opportunities it has to offer.

Distinguished alumnus awards for excellence in career were awarded to Dinesh Khanna, Sanjeev Bhavnani and Vinod Sood for their achievements. Dr Prem Atreja, an acquaintance of Kalpana Chawla, received the award on her behalf. While the award for contribution to the institute went to Parveer Sinha.

Vinod Kumar Aggarwal, another awardee of excellence in career, asked the students to remain updated on the trends of technology in India, which would help them become better engineers and innovators.

Light-hearted breaks in the form of bhangra and qawwali performance kept the environment cheerful and lively. The performances were met with cheers of appreciation from the audience.

The awardees 

Distinguished alumnus awards for excellence in career were awarded to Dinesh Khanna, Sanjeev Bhavnani and Vinod Sood for their achievements. Dr Prem Atreja, an acquaintance of Kalpana Chawla, received the award on her behalf while the award for contribution to the institute went to Parveer Sinha.

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