Kapurthala, January 16, 2013: The 17th Foundation Day of Punjab Technical University (PTU) was celebrated at Science City here today.
Prof. Arun Kumar Grover, Vice Chancellor of Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the Chief Guest of this occasion.
The Guests of Honour of the function were Dr. R.S. Khandpur, Director General, Pushpa Gujral Science City and Harpal Singh, the famous builder, who made history by creating a 10 storied building in just 48 hours at Mohali.
The programme began with shabad gayan, followed by lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries.
In his address, Dr. Rajneesh Arora,Vice Chancellor, PTU, spoke about the achievements of the University since its inception and emphasised on the students to become entrepreneurs instead of job seekers in changing scenario. He also outlined the plans of the University for the future.
Harpal Singh, in his address, spoke of the determination and hard work needed to fulfill any aim.
Dr. Grover lauded the contribution made by PTU to the society.
Later, many institutions and organisations affiliated to the University were honoured. These included IBM Industries Ltd. for training 412 teachers associated with PTU through Faculty Development Programme and certifying 250 teachers, Tata Consultancy Services for providing placements to 413 University students, representing 33 colleges and arranging many joint placement programmes with PTU and Majestic Autos Ltd. for providing excellent support in the form of industrial training to University students and giving them scholarship of Rs. 3,000.
Another institution, honoured on the occasion, was Guru Nanak Engineering College, Ludhiana, for making assiduous efforts for providing good placements and packages to students by inviting top companies.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was also signed between PTU and PGSC to promote science awareness among the rural students of Punjab.
Yashjeet Gupta, an engineer by profession, who played in major role in creating a building in 48 hours, and an alumnus of Giani Zail Singh PTU Campus, Bathinda, was also given the ‘Alumni of the year’ award.
The prize for the Best Student of the University went to Jasleen Kaur, a MCA student of DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology. She had attained 82% marks in the first three semesters of MCA. She also won third position in the Folk Song Competition at the North Zone Youth Festival of GNDU.
Among others, Dharinder Tayal and Dr. Nirmal Singh, Member, BoG, PTU, Dr. Nachhattar Singh, Director PIT, Dr. Buta Singh, Dean (Academic), Dr. A.P. Singh, Dean (RIC) were also present.