Vijay Kumar Dev, Adviser to the Administrator, UT Chandigarh laid the foundation stone of the Whistling Pines Park in the presence of Sh. Som Mittal, Chairman, Board of Governors, PEC here today.
The 4600 sq. m. state-of-the-art botanical garden, situated between Aravli and Vindhya Hostels, PEC University of Technology will feature perimeter grilled fencing, walk ways, sprinkle irrigation system and lightning systems.
Dr. Manoj K Arora, Director, PEC, who was also present on the occasion informed the Adviser about other planned improvements in infrastructure in the campus in the near future. PEC plans to add a new 1000-seater auditorium, an open-air theatre, and a multi-purpose sports facility to its repertoire. PEC also plans to enhance its hostel capacity to cater to the increased intake of students. PEC increased its intake by 25% for each stream last year. The Adviser also inaugurated a 100 terminal computer cluster in the institute’s computer centre.
To celebrate Van Mahoutsav, the NSS Unit of PEC also launched a tree-plantation drive under which 300 saplings were planted in the campus. Dignitaries including Amit Talwar, Director, Technical Education, UT Chandigarh, Sh. Sarvjit Singh, Finance Secretary, UT Chandigarh, Sh. S K Chadha, Chief Engineer, UT Chandigarh, Sh. Santosh Kumar, IFS, Chief Conservator of forests, UT Chandigarh, Sh. Anup Chauhan, Chief Engineer, PWD(B&R), Haryana and Sanjeev Aggarwal, Member, BOG, PEC planted saplings in a bid to promote a clean and green environment. Senior faculty members including Sh. Manish Jindal, Registrar, PEC, Dr. Neena Gupta, Head, Electronics Engineering Department, Dr. K L Manchanda, Head, Aerospace Engineering Department, Dr. Siby John, Head, Civil Engineering Department and Dr. Vasundhara Singh, Head, Applied Sciences Department were also present on the occasion.
Following this, the dignitaries undertook a round of the institute to examine the progress of various undergoing infrastructural initiatives. The Adviser had an informal interaction with various BOG (Board of Governors) members and senior faculty over tea to discuss further scope for improvements. The Adviser expressed his satisfaction over the progress of various initiatives and offered further suggestions in this regard. The Director also expressed hope that with the current spate of infrastructural upgradations, the campus would scale new heights in future.