Punjab Engineering College
PEC University of Technology, formerly known as Punjab Engineering College , is an engineering institute located in the city of Chandigarh
Chandigarh is a union territory of India that serves as the capital of two states, Haryana and Punjab. The name Chandigarh translates as "The Fort of Chandi". The name is from an ancient temple called Chandi Mandir, devoted to the Hindu goddess Chandi, in the city...

, India
India , officially the Republic of India , is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world...

. It offers engineering studies at the bachelors, masters and doctoral levels.


PEC was established in 1921 as Mugalpura Engineering College, at Lahore
Lahore is the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab and the second largest city in the country. With a rich and fabulous history dating back to over a thousand years ago, Lahore is no doubt Pakistan's cultural capital. One of the most densely populated cities in the world, Lahore remains a...

, now in Pakistan, but the name was change in 1924 to Maclagan Engineering College. In 1931 it got affiliated to the University of the Punjab
University of the Punjab
University of the Punjab , colloquially known as Punjab University, is located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. The University of the Punjab is the oldest and biggest University of Pakistan. The University of the Punjab was formally established with the convening of the first meeting of its...

. After the partition of India
Partition of India
The Partition of India was the partition of British India on the basis of religious demographics that led to the creation of the sovereign states of the Dominion of Pakistan and the Union of India on 14 and 15...

, in 1947, it was moved to Roorkee
Roorkee is a city and seat of a municipal council in Uttarakhand, in far northern India. It is located on the banks of the Ganges canal on the national highway between Delhi and Dehradun. Roorkee is known for Roorkee Cantonment, one of the country's oldest cantonments, and the headquarters of...

 and was renamed as East Punjab College of Engineering, to be renamed again three years later to Punjab Engineering College, a name which it held for more than 50 yeats. In 1953 it moved to its present campus in Chandigarh
Chandigarh is a union territory of India that serves as the capital of two states, Haryana and Punjab. The name Chandigarh translates as "The Fort of Chandi". The name is from an ancient temple called Chandi Mandir, devoted to the Hindu goddess Chandi, in the city...

 In 2003 it was awarded the Deemed University
Deemed University
Deemed university is a status of autonomy granted to high performing institutes and departments of various universities in India. This status of ‘Deemed-to-be-University’, is granted by Department of Higher Education, Union Human Resource Development Ministry, on the advice of the University Grants...

 status and renamed Punjab Engineering College (Deemed University). In 2009 it finally received its current name, PEC University of Technology.


  • Bachelor of Engineering courses (eight semesters):
    • Aeronautical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
      Civil engineering
      Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including works like roads, bridges, canals, dams, and buildings...

    • Computer Science and Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
      Electrical engineering
      Electrical engineering is a field of engineering that generally deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism. The field first became an identifiable occupation in the late nineteenth century after commercialization of the electric telegraph and electrical...

    • Electronics
      Electronics is the branch of science, engineering and technology that deals with electrical circuits involving active electrical components such as vacuum tubes, transistors, diodes and integrated circuits, and associated passive interconnection technologies...

       and Electrical Communication
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Mechanical engineering
      Mechanical engineering is a discipline of engineering that applies the principles of physics and materials science for analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. It is the branch of engineering that involves the production and usage of heat and mechanical power for the...

    • Metallurgical Engineering
    • Production Engineering
      Production engineering
      Production engineering is a combination of manufacturing technology with management science. A production engineer typically has a wide knowledge of engineering practices and is aware of the management challenges related to production...

    • Information Technology
      Information technology
      Information technology is the acquisition, processing, storage and dissemination of vocal, pictorial, textual and numerical information by a microelectronics-based combination of computing and telecommunications...

  • Master of Engineering courses (four semesters):
    • Industrial Design Engineering (inter-disciplinary)
    • Civil Engineering (Highways)
    • Civil Engineering (Irrigation and Hydraulics)
    • Civil Engineering (Structures)
    • Environmental Engineering (Inter-disciplinary)
    • Electrical Engineering (Power Systems)
    • Electronics Product Design and Technology
    • Mechanical Engineering (Rotodynamics)
    • Electronics Engineering
    • Industrial Materials and Metallurgy (IMM)
    • Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)

  • Part-time Master of Engineering courses (six semesters) for industry and government sponsored candidates

  • Doctoral Research opportunities available at all departments

  • Other Departments
    • Applied Sciences

Academia Webserver, PEC's open course ware was launched in 2007.


Punjab Engineering College has collaborated with several national and international educational institutions for student exchange programs. Also, MoUs
Memorandum of understanding
A memorandum of understanding is a document describing a bilateral or multilateral agreement between parties. It expresses a convergence of will between the parties, indicating an intended common line of action. It is often used in cases where parties either do not imply a legal commitment or in...

 have been signed with several corporates to attract projects and internships. Some of these collaborations are:
  • PEC-ESIGELEC France collaboration (Feb, 2009)
  • PEC-ABB collaboration (Jan, 2009)
  • PEC-UWA collaboration (Jan, 2009)
  • PEC-JCB collaboration initiated (Sep, 2008)
  • PEC-Philips collaboration (Sep, 2008)
  • PEC-CSIO collaboration (Aug, 2008)


  • Admissions to Bachelor of Engineering
    Bachelor of Engineering
    The Bachelor of Engineering is an undergraduate academic degree awarded to a student after three to five years of studying engineering at universities in Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland , Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Jordan, Korea,...

     courses are made through
    • All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) for Indian Nationals.
    • DASA for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Person of Indian Origin Card
      Person of Indian Origin Card
      Persons of Indian Origin Card is a form of identification issued to a Person of Indian Origin who holds a passport in another country other than Pakistan and Bangladesh.Other conditions are:...

       (PIOs) and Foreign Nationals.
  • Admissions to Master of Engineering
    Master of Engineering
    A Master of Engineering or Master of Technology or Master of Science in Engineering A Master of Engineering (Magister in Ingeniaria) (abbreviated M.Eng., ME or MEng) or Master of Technology (abbreviated M.Tech. or MTech) or Master of Science in Engineering A Master of Engineering (Magister in...

     courses are made through the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) examinations.

Cultural and Technical Festivals

PecFest is the cultural festival, organized by the students of Punjab Engineering College. Considered one of the biggest college cultural festivals of North India, it attracts students from colleges across north India. Events include quizzes, workshops, game Shows, informal events, fashion show (Glitterati), dance show (Groovz), Rock Night, Pronite, and a city level beauty peagant.

Vyom is the Annual Technical festival of Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh. The festival spreads over three days and attracts participation from various major colleges of the country...

 is the annual Technical festival of Punjab Engineering College
Punjab Engineering College
PEC University of Technology, formerly known as Punjab Engineering College , is an engineering institute located in the city of Chandigarh, India...

. It is organised every year since 2011, in the month of March
March is in present time held to be the third month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is one of the seven months which are 31 days long....

. It has a variety of competitions along with various workshops and lectures by eminent guests across the world.

Student Organizations

Technical Societies
  • ISTE at PEC - Indian Society For Technical Engineers (Student Chapter)
  • IEEE at PEC - The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Student Chapter
  • IETE at PEC - The Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers Student Forum
  • SAE at PEC - The Society of Automotive Engineers Student Chapter
  • SME at PEC - The Society of Manufacturing Engineers Student Chapter
  • IIF at PEC - The Institute of Indian Foundrymen Student Chapter


PEC, Chandigarh is believed to have one of the best student club cultures in the north india. The major clubs include The Entrepreneurship development Cell which serves as a stepping stone for budding entrepreneurs through its vast and deep networks and connections with Venture capitalists throughout the region
  • Entrepreneurship Development Cell
  • Projection Design Club
  • Communications Club
  • Music Club
  • SAASC - Speakers Association And Study Circle
  • Dramatics Club
  • Art and Photography Club
  • Environment and Energy Club
  • Rotaract Club
  • English Editorial Board
  • Hindi Editorial Board
  • Punjabi Editorial Board


There are four hostels for boys - Shivalik (1st year students), Aravali (2nd year students), Himalaya (BE 3rd year and ME 1st year) and Kurukshetra (BE final year and ME 2nd year) and two hostels for girls - Kalpana Chawla hostel and Vindhya . Each hostel is self contained with amenities such as reading room, indoor games room, lounge and dining hall and a mess.

Notable alumni

  • Sunil Saigal
    Sunil Saigal
    -Education:Saigal obtained his bachelors degree at Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, India in 1978, obtaining a masters in Structures from Indian Institute of Science in 1980, and obtained his PhD in 1985 from Purdue University....

     - Dean, Newark College of Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology
    New Jersey Institute of Technology
    New Jersey Institute of Technology is a public research university in Newark, New Jersey. It is often also referred to as Newark College of Engineering ....

     (NJIT), B.E. Civil (1978).
  • Jaspal Bhatti
    Jaspal Bhatti
    Jaspal Singh Bhatti is an Indian television personality famous for his satirical take on the problems of the common man...

     - satirist, comedian, film-maker; B.E. Electrical (1978)
  • Kalpana Chawla
    Kalpana Chawla
    Kalpana Chawla was an Indian-American astronaut with NASA. She was one of seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.-Early life:...

     - Space Shuttle Columbia
    Space Shuttle Columbia
    Space Shuttle Columbia was the first spaceworthy Space Shuttle in NASA's orbital fleet. First launched on the STS-1 mission, the first of the Space Shuttle program, it completed 27 missions before being destroyed during re-entry on February 1, 2003 near the end of its 28th, STS-107. All seven crew...

     astronaut; B.E. Aeronautical (1982).
  • Gaurav Dhillon
    Gaurav Dhillon
    Gaurav Dhillon is the Chairman and CEO of SnapLogic, an enterprise application and data integration software development company that helps organizations connect business applications and Web services. An early investor in SnapLogic, Gaurav joined as CEO in 2009.Gaurav is also the chairman and...

     - founder and former CEO of Informatica Corporation and CEO and founder of the online movie site Jaman
    Jaman is a company that offers view on demand of media on the internet. It allows viewing on a variety of platforms via a downloadable P2P client. It specializes in foreign films...


Alumni Associations

  • PECOSA - Punjab Engineering College Old Students Association. PECOSA is the official alumni association recognised by the institute.
  • PALS - PEC Alumni Society
  • PALS North America - PEC Alumni Society North America Chapter email list
  • PECOBA - Punjab Engineering College Old Boys (sic) Association email list.
  • PECOBA USA - PECOBA USA members email list
  • PEC at USA - Another email list of Pecobians in the USA
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