One Day National Workshop on Collaboration initiative between PEC Chandigarh and Vardhman Special Steels Ltd. (MMED)

The Department of Materials & Metallurgical Engineering, Punjab Engineering College (Deemed University) organized a One Day National Workshop on 1st November 2018 to create awareness about the collaboration initiative between PEC and Vardhman Special Steels Ltd.

The Workshop opened with the welcome of Mr. Avinash Pansi (Sr. Vice-President) and Mr. Amit Chopra (Vice-President) from Vardhman Special Steel Ltd. Dr. J.D. Sharma, Coordinator addressed everybody and highlighted the aims and objectives of the workshop. This was followed by the address by Dr. Uma Batra, head of Materials & Metallurgical Engineering Department, who talked about PEC, its rich legacy and how things have evolved in the last few decades. She also spoke about the three sponsored projects going on in the Department and stressed upon the fact that the aim of PEC is to become an esteemed teaching as well a research institute. She shared that the faculty in the department were actively involved in various consultancy and industry based projects wherein UG, PG and Ph.D. students were taking up live projects from industry. She also highlighted how the new curriculum of the Institute has inculcated Industry components like courses being taught by industry experts, Academia-Industry interaction week and other initiatives.

The departmental presentation was given by Dr. J.D. Sharma in which an overview of the departmental activities, laboratory/research facilities, names of industries already associated etc. were given to the delegates. This was followed by the address by Mr. Avinash and then by Mr. Amit. The delegates insisted upon bridging the gap between institute and industry for the betterment of the technology in particular and the country in general. They said that together we could face the challenges of the fast changing technology, client expectations, new market development and understanding of the complex problems. Dr. J.D. Sharma added that the institute and the industry each should know their limitations, and discuss them freely with each other. The other faculty members also shared their areas of research interest and their experiences with the industry in this regard.

After this the delegates visited the labs in the department. In the post lunch session the delegated interacted with the students too. At the end there was a discussion on the timeline of agenda and how the future activities would be executed both at the department and institute level and at Vardhman steels.

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