The 3-day extravaganza, the technical and cultural fest of the Punjab Engineering College (Deemed to be University) - PECFEST: An Indian Odyssey commenced on Friday with great zeal and enthusiasm among the students. The fest began with an inaugural ceremony held in the main arena on 25th November 2022. Prof. Baldev Setia, Director PEC was the Chief guest of the inauguration ceremony. Registrar Col RM Joshi (Veteran), Dean of Students Affairs, Prof. D.R. Prajapati, Associate Dean of Students Affairs Dr. Puneet Chawla graced the occasion with their presence and support.
The fest began with the roadshow on 24th November 2022. “HOP ON HOP OFF” , an exclusive bus tour through the streets of Chandigarh with the name of PECFEST in their heart and spirit. The bus tour started from Hotel Parkview, Sector 24, Chandigarh.
The Inaugural ceremony began with a floral welcome of Chief Guest Prof. Baldev Setia, Director PEC by Dean of Students Affairs, Prof. D.R. Prajapati followed by lamp lighting by all the esteemed guests.
The Dean of Student Affairs addressed the gathering and extended a warm welcome to all the esteemed guests, sponsors and participating teams. He appreciated the PEC Students for their hard work to put up the best show.
Prof. Baldev Setia in his address, expressed his gratitude to be part of PECFEST and congratulated the organisers for planning and organising such a grand event. He appreciated the students and volunteers for playing a crucial role in putting up this fest and wished success of PECFEST 2022, along with a successful year for all the students.
The fest was further graced by the cultural performances presented by the music club of the college performing the Ganesh Vandana for this very auspicious occasion, which filled the air with the melody of the tune. This was then followed by a folk performance, wherein the energetic troupe of seasoned bhangra dancers mesmerized the audience with their performance, Groovz a western culture dance competition in which students presented their dynamic and mesmerizing performances. Later a fashion show walk competition, Glitterati was staged by the students of PEC and other colleges.
Dr. Puneet Chawla, ADSA gave vote of thanks. While concluding the inaugural ceremony she appreciated and acknowledged the hard work of the students for setting up such a grand event and wished them best of luck for the three-day festival.
PECobians worked day and night to bring marketing deals with the zeal to organize one of the best fest in college history. The sponsors for this fest are as follows. My Trident group is the title sponsor for this year’s fest. Sparkx and Goldmedal electricals are driven by partner and co-sponsor respectively of the fest. JLPL, Quark City India Pvt. Ltd. and Jubilee are the associate partners of the event. There are various corporate partners namely Canara Bank, Union Bank Of India, HitBullsEye, Xeam Ventures IBS (ICFAI business schools) and Venus Education Services. Tinder India is the experience partner and Crax is the official snack partner. State Bank of India is the official payment partner while Canva, Crimsoune club and Roadies KoffeeHouz are the event sponsors.
PECFEST is known for organizing competitions which cover interests of a wide spectrum of students. Student Counselling Cell is an all-time achiever of bringing smiles on the faces of participants by organizing witty and exciting contests. This time a participation of 170 teams and 200 teams were recorded for the event Unveil the Culprit and Treasure Hunt respectively. Extensive participation was observed from colleges like Thapar University, Delhi University, Chandigarh University and Chitkara University. ASCE organised NEEV-The PECFEST Olympiad with 500 registrations on Day 1 and 200 registrations for Day 2. Students from all the major schools of Chandigarh participated with huge interest. ASPS conducted events namely Race to Jupiter and Para Rocket.
Rang Punjab De event was organised by Punjabi Editorial Board of College in which there were performances which included Bhangra, Malwayi Giddha and singing. The astounding performances vividly demonstrated one of the most expressive cultures from our nation. It showed us the various ways we can experience life in Punjab in the most exhilarating ways.
Besides these events there were also numerous competitions organized by different clubs and societies of the institute. Kavyanjali, Baazar, IPL Auction, Wordict, different quizzes, Robotics competitions, Spandhan- stage play, Solo singing competition, Open Mic and treasure hunt are the various events that gathered attraction from various colleges and schools within the tri-city and outside as well.
Day 1 witnessed an exemplary footfall of participants from colleges of entire tricity and outside as well. PECFEST coordinated with various schools from Chandigarh. School students were accompanied by teachers and took part in various competitions. This fest gave them an opportunity to experience activities outside their academics. A collaboration was done with major food joints from and around the Chandigarh region and 20 food stalls were set up in the arena..