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Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Centenary year celebrations begin at PEC

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, November 9

Centenary year celebrations commenced at Punjab Engineering College (PEC) with the celebration of its 99th Foundation Day today. Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore also attended the function.

The celebrations started with a small video followed by a welcome note by the Director of PEC, Dr Dheeraj Sanghi. The awards were announced by Dr Divya Bansal, Dean Alumni Corporate and International Relations. The alumni who have been awarded also joined the celebrations online.

Five alumni — Prof SC Handa, Dr Akshai K Runchal, Dr Manmohan S Kalsi, Jarnail Singh and Chakshu Kalra — will be awarded prestigious Distinguished Alumni Awards and Young Alumnus Award 2020 to mark its 99th Foundation Day.

"Alumni of PEC are settled in all parts of the world and are zealously serving society as engineers, technologists, leaders, administrators and entrepreneurs. While the Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented annually, the category of Young Alumnus Award has been added this year to recognise outstanding services of alumni below 40 years. Our office had received over 100 nominations," said Prof Sanghi.

The awardees

Prof SC Handa: Awarded for his excellent services to society. Retired as Professor from the IIT-Roorkee in 2004, he is founder of Roorkee School named "Anushruti Academy for the Deaf" and well known for extending free services related to hearing tests, counselling and rehabilitation to the hearing-impaired children and adults at his residence. He is also a recipient of the prestigious National Award which is given for being one of the best individuals serving the disabled.

Dr Akshai K Runchal: Award conferred for his outstanding contributions to academics and research. He is the founder and Director of CFD Virtual Reality Institute and ACRI group of companies and internationally renowned expert in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) with over 50 years of experience. He was a key member of the three-member team that invented the Finite Volume Method (FVM) in the mid-1960s. He has authored or co-authored seven books and more than 200 technical publications.

Dr Manmohan S Kalsi: Award conferred for outstanding services as an industry leader as well as for being an entrepreneur role model. He is the founder and president of Kalsi Engineering, a company recognised worldwide for providing design, analysis, and testing services for mechanical equipment to the oilfield, petrochemical, and nuclear power industries. He is the holder of more than 35 patents in hydrodynamics, rotary shafts and valves.

Jarnail Singh: Award conferred for his outstanding contributions to government services and public administration. He has handled major ministries relating to infrastructure in the PMO from 1996 to 2004 when the major initiatives were taken in power, civil aviation, national highways and road connectivity, telecommunications, petroleum and natural gas etc. He was conferred Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Public Administration for 2007-08, the highest award for civil servants.

Chakshu Kalra: Award conferred for his outstanding entrepreneurial contributions in an early stage of career. He is the founder and director of GreyB, a technology research and intelligence firm performing custom analysis on patent, scientific papers and market reports to drive business insights. He has been working in improving entrepreneurship around the tricity and has created several job opportunities.

from The Tribune

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