Siemens Center of Excellence inaugurated at PEC

Punjab Engineering College (Deemed to be University) in collaboration with M/s Siemens Industry software (India) Pvt. Limited (SISW) and its partner M/s MTAB Technology Center Private limited (MTC) established a Center of Excellence (CoE) at PEC.

Shri. V.P. Singh Badnore, Governor of Punjab and the Administrator U.T. Chandigarh and Smt Kirron Kher, MP Chandigarh inaugurated the centre on 17th December in the presence of Mr. Matthew Thomas, Country Head Siemens, Shri Rajinder Gupta, Chairman BoG PEC, Dr Dheeraj Sanghi, Director of PEC and other esteemed government officials.

This world-class skill development center is dedicated to the area of automation, energy and manufacturing and has state of the art facilities and covers a total area of 1600 square feet. The idea originated from the need to align engineering education with the latest industry trends and practices, better vocational training and interaction with industry, upgradation of tools, laboratories and faculty skills as well as inclusion of latest engineering concepts into academic curriculum structure.

In his welcome address, Dr Dheeraj Sanghi thanked the guests for gracing the occasion and highlighted the benefits of the new facility for the students, faculty and industry. He proudly presented this center of excellence as an instrument to upgrade the present curriculum with the latest technology.

Mr Matthew Thomas, Country head, Siemens substantiated on the importance of the Center of Excellence and said that it will create an ecosystem of innovation and add to the hub for research and academia partnerships. In the world where lines between all fields of engineering are blurring, it will close the skill gap.

Governor of Chandigarh, V.P. Singh Badnore applauded PEC for not only its historic contribution towards the technological development of the region but also its wonderful alum base who has been excelling in various spheres. He also appreciated the faculty and administration for various new initiatives and promised to extend all the support required to convert PEC into a centrally funded institute. He encouraged the college to strengthen its connect with the alumni network and seek support from them through various programmes.

He is confident that the college, which has been one of the oldest and finest institutes in the country with a proud legacy of nearly 100 years, is currently in great hands which will lead the institute to a bright future.

Features of the Center Of Excellence:

  1. Laboratories established Under this CoE include Product Design and Validation Lab. Advance Manufacturing Lab, Automation Lab, Electrical and Energy Saving Lab, Mechatronics Lab, Process Instrumentation Lab, Test and Optimization Lab, CNC Controller Lab, CNC Machine Lab, Robotics Lab, Rapid Prototyping Lab, Metrology Lab, Renewable Energy Lab, and Internet of Things (IOT). Thus, it caters for almost all engineering disciplines. The curricula will be aligned according to the laboratory facilities with needs of industries, and with complete online learning material.
  2. The intended outcomes of the CoE is to improve faculty competency at PEC, to attract better faculty and students to train students with industry relevant skills to improved employability with better remuneration to assist for better placements of students and to increase the industry academia partnership for live projects for the industry.
  3. It will enable PEC to improve the quality of technical education and training in the region. This improves student’s employability as it bridges the gap between industry needs and the available set of skills through industry-oriented learning.
  4. The other benefits of the CoE to the region are to provide vocational training for sill enhancement of the youth of the region to provide training to the faculty and students of Chandigarh Region Innovation & Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC) institutes and to provide training  to the faculty and students of other engineering institute/ ITI’s and Polytechnics in Chandigarh Region. It will also lead to cluster development in collaboration MSME industries in the region. The benefits of CoE therefore will not only be highly useful for the skill development of the youth in the region but also as a state of the art facility Center for all kinds of industries in the region.

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