The Global Annual Alumni Meet of Punjab Engineering College (Deemed to be University) was organized by Punjab Engineering College Old Students Association (PECOSA) in association with Dean Alumni, Corporate & International Relations, PEC on 16th February, 2018. The Chief Guest, Er. Shalabh Kumar, Chairman and CEO, AVG group of Cos., USA graced the occasion with his presence.

Er. K K Vohra, President PECOSA explained that the theme of the alumni meet “Building bridges across Alumni” was purposefully chosen to meet the need of connecting and exchanging views in a better way. The alumni association is to reassert as a strong and vibrant alumni body truly international in nature. The batches of 1959, 1969, 1984, 1994 and 2004 were honored during this meet.

Er. K K Vohra added that Er. Shalabh Kumar’s presence in the meet as the Chief Guest would convey a strong message to the alumni across the world to associate themselves with the activities of PEC and PECOSA. He reminisced glorious PEC legacy and stated that their alumnus Er. Jaspal Bhatti was awarded Padma Bhushan Award while two other alumni Er. Chander Mohan and Er. Satish Kumar were awarded Padma Shree Awards in recognition of their services to the nation by the Government of India. He further added that the alumni of PEC rose to very high positions in various Government Departments, PSUs, Private sector, Civil Services, Armed Forces, Railways, CEA and various Boards. He mentioned that PECOSA Chapters have been established in important cities of India as well as overseas in order to connect over ten thousand alumni across the world. He urged the alumni to pool their resources and talent for the benefit of the institute.

Chief Guest Er. Shalabh Kumar, an alumnus of 1969 batch and founder of Republican Hindu Coalitionan engineer of international repute, shared his experiences about the alumni associations in the USA and inspired the alumni to remain connected to their roots.

Er. Shalabh Kumar is listed amongst the top 100 electronic engineers in the world.With his campaigning skills and influence in the capitol, he was successful in cutting down US supplies to Pakistan. He was a frontrunner in turning down the anti-Indian immigration bills in the US. He is also the chairman of the Republican Hindu Coalition, a political party that represents Indians in America and had played an important role in Trump’s victory.

Financial assistance of Rs. 50,00  each was given to three students of the institute by the 1993 Batch of Mechanical Engineering. Two awards of Rs. 12,500 each were given to two needy and deserving students for books and equipment. Two scholarships of Rs. 15,000 rupees were offered by Er. Anil Bhatia of 1993 Electronics Batch. The 1968 batch was applauded for creating a corpus of 61 lakh with PECOSA for awarding 8 scholarships annually, worth Rs. 50,000 each to the deserving students.

The meet was attended by more than 650 delegates including 60 from the USA, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore and Nepal along with their spouses. A short movie was also shown highlighting various activities going on in the institute. The auditorium was packed to the capacity where everyone present got a chance to relive their old memories. A cultural program featuring Punjabi artist, Sunanda Sharma was held in the evening.