To boost up the spirit of innovation, creativity and technical development, eminent experts from the industry gathered together at PEC for the PEC - Industry Conclave- 2016 from 23rd September to 25th September 2016.

The event was graced by the presence of the Chief Guest, Mr. Satish Agnihotri (CMD, Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd.), and the Guest of Honour, Mr. Arvind Bali ( Director & CEO, Videocon Telecom & Handset). The honourable Director of the Institute, Prof. Manoj K Arora, Ms. Uma Batra, Deputy Director, Mr. Manish Jindal, Registrar along with the various delegates, heads of the departments, faculty members, Phd. Scholars and ME students attended the event.

Dr. Manoj K. Arora initiated the inaugural session by lighting of the lamp which was followed by Mr. Satish Agnihotri who addressed and applauded the initiative of the conclave, it being in line with the vision-“Make in India”. He seeded the idea of creating a business model to promote competition among young engineers.

The conclave began with its Session-I on Research & Innovation where Mr. Arvind Bali o highlighted latest buzz in the IT world: IOT/OTT Revolution. He talked at length about the internetworking of physical devices with electronic sensors for smart exchange of data. This was followed by a talk delivered by Dr. Sanjay Mandal (Professor, IISER Mohali),on identifying and understanding the customers and their needs. The importance of Innovation was stressed upon by Mr. Atul Gupta (Co-founder & CEO Red Alkemi, ERP). He emphasized on the need for development of new technologies for survival and prosperity in every business field. After a short tea-break, the session resumed with Mr. Parmit Garg, (Project Director, DMRC) addressing the audience about his exciting journey to metros in India and also discussing the recent research and innovation in this field. Following this, Dr. Vasundhara Singh (Head Applied Sciences, PEC), delivered a talk on Sustainable Chemical Technologies.

At the end of the session, the dignitaries were presented mementos to thank them for enlightening the audience with their vast experience and knowledge. The first day of the conclave concluded with Mr. Manish Jindal, Registrar, PEC, extending a vote of thanks to all the dignitaries and participants.

 The second day of the event kicked off with the first technical session comprising speakers like Mr. Gurvin Singh (Managing partner of Coetec India), who delivered an illuminating speech on taking forward the industry institute partnership and the required reforms for higher education including a rigorous internship program and partnerships of educational institutes with SMEs to maximize efficiency. The second speaker, Dr. Praveen Kalra (Coordinator, Centre of Excellence, PEC) listed some fascinating projects undertaken in association with industries and institutes. He talked about PEC's partnership with PGI in producing novel patents and successful ventures. Prof. Rupinder Tewari (Co-ordinator, DST-Centre for Policy Research, Punjab University, Chandigarh) delivered a talk on R&D Models under PPP mode in India. The agro-centric talk given by Mr. Rajinder Kaura (CMD, Bergen group of companies, Gurugram) educated the audience on setting up of PV TEC Labs and Technoparks on CSP and PV. He also, proposed a creative model to redistribute resources judicially to revolutionize the industry.

The day proceeded with an interactive session on Partnership with Industry in Start-ups and Incubation which hosted visionaries like Mr. Sanjeev Bhavani (Founder, Mentorpreneur & Infotechniques Group), Ms. Shikha Arora (Founder/CTO at MAZ(India and USA)), Mr. Chandra Mohan (CMD,21st Century Battery). They talked about ‘Catch them young’ whilst fostering the spirit of innovation among youth. Mr. Sudhendhu Bali described how research could be transformed into successful business ventures.

Each speaker was welcomed and felicitated with a memento by Dean Alumni, Prof. K.K Gogna. The day ended with a Panel Discussion. The sessions for the day were well received and the audience were keen listeners.

The final day witnessed its last technical session, on 'Role of Industries in skill development, soft skills & learning resources'. It was attended by a large gathering comprising students, members of the faculty and delegates from academia and industry.

Mr. Sofi  Zahoor (Director HR, Quark India), began the day by mentioning the expectations one has from an Industry- Academia amalgamation. He expressed his views upon the prominence of effective communication in our lives and narrated interesting anecdotes from his personal and professional life to emphasize the importance of attitude and discipline in one's life.

 Mr. Sharad Sharma, Product Management Professional, advised the academia to lay stress on applied knowledge rather than sole theory while also encouraging the development of soft and interpersonal skills in students' personality.

Further, Dr. Divya Bansal, Co-ordinator Cyber Security, PEC, explained the institute's perspective in creating industry ready workforce and adaptability by a student. She also elaborated on the skills that the institute intends to inculcate in their students through the various edge cutting technologies. Another lecture on a balanced approach for talent development was delivered Mr. Vikas Ahuja, Head, Development Centre, Infosys Ltd Chd.

The session was summarised by the reportiers who presented the gist of the various technical sessions of the conclave. The reportiers' included Dr. Sumir Bharadwaj, Dr. Mamta Sharma, Dr. Poonam Saini and Dr. Rupali Syal.

In a nutshell, the final day of the conclave left the audience inclined towards a successful connect between PEC and the industry. The institute gained an insight on how they could better prepare their students to keep up with the rapidly changing industrial demands while the industry learnt the hurdles faced by the academia.  

The event was ended with concluding remarks by the Director, Prof. Manoj K Arora who applauded the efforts put in by committee members to make the event a grand success.