PEC University of Technology

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PEC University of Technology
PEC University of Technology logo.jpg
Motto तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय (Sanskrit)
अंधकार से प्रकाश की ओर ले चलो (Hindi)
From darkness (of ignorance) lead us to Light (of Knowledge) (English)
Type Public Institution
Established 1921
Undergraduates 2100
Location Chandigarh, India
Campus 146 acres (59 ha), Urban
Director Prof Dr. Manoj K. Arora

PEC University of Technology, formerly known as Punjab Engineering College, is an engineering institute located in the city of Chandigarh, India. Founded in 1921, it is one of the oldest educational institutes in India.


University administration building

PEC was established in 1921 in Mughalpura, a suburban area of Lahore, Punjab, erstwhile British India as the Mughalpura Technical College. In 1923, the name was changed to Maclagan Engineering College to honor Sir Edward Maclagan, the then Governor of the Punjab, who laid the foundation stone of the building.

In 1932 the institution became affiliated with the University of the Punjab for awarding a bachelor's degree in Engineering. After partition in 1947, the college was relocated to Roorkee in India and was renamed as East Punjab College of Engineering. In the year 1950 the word East was dropped. Towards the end of December 1953, the college shifted to its present campus in Chandigarh to function under the Government of Punjab. In 1966, with the formation of the Union Territory of Chandigarh, the college came under the control of the Government of India through the Chandigarh Administration. In October 2003, the Government of India recognized the college as a Deemed 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 three departments of Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Thereafter the college expanded and offers Bachelor of Engineering degrees in various specializations.

Highway Engineering was the first post-graduate course offered by the college, commencing in 1957. Presently there are eleven post-graduate courses leading to a Masters of Engineering degree. 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.


The university was ranked #9 in the limited participation CSR-GHRDC Engineering Colleges Survey 2013.[1] It was ranked #16 in the Mint Top 50 Government Engineering Colleges Survey of 2009.[2]


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)[3]
  • PEC-ABB collaboration (Jan, 2009)[4]
  • PEC-UWA collaboration (Jan, 2009)[5]
  • PEC-JCB collaboration initiated (Sep, 2008)[6]
  • PEC-Philips collaboration (Sep, 2008)[7]
  • PEC-CSIO collaboration (Aug, 2008)[8]


A helicopter on the university grounds

Bachelor of Engineering in :

The institute also offers Master of Engineering degrees in the following specializations:
Highways, Structures, Hydraulics and Irrigation, Rotodynamic Machines, Electrical Power Systems, Environmental Engineering (Interdisciplinary), Electronics Metallurgical Engineering, C.I.M.

The institute also awards minor degrees to students in fields other than their main stream of study (only for BE students).

Cultural and technical festivals[edit]

Vyom logo


PECFEST is the annual cultural and technical fest of PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh. The festival started off as a cultural event in 2003 and has since, grown into one of the largest college fests in North India attracting many big-name performers and sponsors.

In 2014, PECFEST merged with Vyom (the technical fest of PEC University of Technology) and consequently, now acts as an umbrella festival for both cultural and technical events and competitions.

PECFEST typically attracts a host of students from the region and has now expanded its reach to the rest of the country, with footfalls of over 25000 being recorded in 2015 alone.

In 2016, star night recorded a footfall of around 40,000 where the star guest was Amit Trivedi.

PecFest is a cultural festival organized by the students of the university. 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 before being renamed in 2011) was the university's annual technical festival that ran from 2008 to 2014. It was discontinued in 2015 and the technical events are now 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)
  • ASPS - Astronomy and Space Physics Society
  • 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
  • ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Student Chapter)

Students Council

  • SEC- Students Executive Council


  • 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


  • Student Counselling Cell (Happy Folks of PEC)
  • Entrepreneurship Incubation Cell
  • Women Empowerment Cell


There are four hostels for boys and two hostels for girls. Each hostel is self-contained with amenities such as reading room/indoor games/T.V. room, dining hall and mess.

Girls Hostels:

  • Kalpna Chawla Hostel

(capacity: 55 students)

  • Vindhya Hostel

(capacity: 280 students)

Boys Hostels:

  • Aravali Hostel
  • Himalaya Hostel
  • Kuruksheta Hostel
  • Shivalik Hostel

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ "Top 50 Government Engingeering Colleges" (PDF). 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "News". 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  4. ^ "News". Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  5. ^ "News". 2009-01-15. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  6. ^ "News". Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  7. ^ "News". Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  8. ^ "News". Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  9. ^ Sharma, Alkesh (3 February 2013). "Alumni donation: Ohio's gain is Chandigarh's loss". Times Of India. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  10. ^ Guptal, Priya (26 July 2014). "Badshah doesn't want to use Honey Singh's fame". Times Of India. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Jaspal Bhatti's son, actress Surilie in a critical condition". Times of India. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "Astronaut Bio: Kalpana Chawla". National Aeronautics and Space Administration. May 2004. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  13. ^ Bajwa, Harpreet (3 March 2007). "In new Akali Cabinet, 3 ministers are CM's kin". The Indian Express. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  14. ^ "Shalabh Kumar: Innovating his way to outstanding entrepreneurial success". NRIToday. Archived from the original on 4 July 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  15. ^ Miglani, Meha (2 April 2012). "Punjab Engineering College students eager to welcome Vanya Mishra back". Times of India. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  16. ^ New Jersey Institute of Technology. "Sunil Saigal biography". 
  17. ^ "PEC at a glance" (PDF). p. 7. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 

External links[edit]

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