PEC University of Technology

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Punjab Engineering College
PEC University of Technology logo.jpg
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 and is one of the oldest and prestigious institutes in India having a legacy of around 94 years.


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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]


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]


Bachelor of Engineering in :
Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Production & Industrial Engineering.

The institute also offers M.Tech in various specializations.

Cultural and technical festivals[edit]

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 Engine College. It has run since March 2008. It has competitions along with workshops and guests lectures. It continued till 2013, but was discontinued from the year 2014 onwards, and now the technical events are also conducted as part of PECfest.

Student organizations[edit]

Technical societies

  • AeSI - Aeronautical Society of India
  • AMS - Aero-Modelling Society
  • 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
  • Robotics 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 - 2nd year BE studentsand some 3rd year BE students,
  • Kurukshetra - 4th BE year students and some 3rd year BE 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[edit]

Alumni associations[edit]

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[edit]

Pecfest - [1]


  1. ^ a b "Top Engineering Colleges". Outlook India. 16 June 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "GHRDC-CSR Engineering Colleges Survey 2013" (PDF). Competition Success Review (Competition Success Review and the Global Human Resources Development Centre): 1–6. July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Top 50 Government Engineering Colleges of 2009" (PDF). Mint. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  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. ^ UCLA. "Vijay K. Dhir's biography". 
  11. ^ New Jersey Institute of Technology. "Sunil Saigal biography". 
  12. ^ "Jaspal Bhatti's son, actress Surilie in a critical condition;– Times of India". 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Kalpana Chawla biography". 
  14. ^ the tribune. "Panjab University is mentioned as alma-mater because earlier PEC was affiliated to Panjab university". 
  15. ^  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ "Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon, engineer from PEC, Chandigarh". 
  17. ^ "Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon, engineer from PEC, Chandigarh". 
  18. ^ 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[edit]

Coordinates: 30°46′N 76°47′E / 30.767°N 76.783°E / 30.767; 76.783