The administrative corridors in the union and PEC University of Technology are hot with ironing out wrinkles in the final leg of discussions on the coveted IIT status to Chandigarh’s PEC.
The status would come as a due accreditation to the engineering institute that has over the years has attracted the best of brains in the country and the proud alumnus of the institute are earning accolades in every field they are working across borders.
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CELEBRATION
UT Chandigarh will loose their 50% reserved seats in the PEC and all the seats will be open for students from all over the country.
This quota condition is among the top most for an engineering institute turning into an IIT.
According to Times of India, UT administrator V P Singh Badnore and officials have reportedly said to deal with the changed quota scenario, and suggestions were mooted that the total number of seats could be increased after getting the IIT status.
JOURNEY OF PEC THROUGH ADMINISTRATIVE CORRIDORS TO GET IIT STATUS
1966: FIRST TIME IDEA CAME UP
The then Punjab government sent a proposal to the union government for converting PEC into IIT .
The proposal was accepted in-principle.
It was proposed to convert PEC into IIT OR an institute of national importance in the 3rd year of the third five-year plan, provided the Punjab government provides financial assistance.
However, the Punjab government agreed to continue financing the institute after conversion to IIT, the decision was deferred to be taken to the fourth five year plan.
September 1966: REORGANISATION OF PUNJAB
Punjab was reorganised and the matter took the backseat.
2001: MEETINGS BETWEEN CENTRE AND PEC
PEC authorities and UT administration officials were called for a meeting for upgrading PEC when Centre had decided to upgrade technical institutions.
2003: PEC DEEMED TO BE UNIVERSITY- PEC UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
PEC was notified as a deemed to be university and its name was changed from Punjab Engineering College to PEC University of Technology.
2013: AFTER 10 YEARS, MATTER AGAIN RESURFACED
State exchequer of Government of India, R S Gujral, again revived the matter. In a meeting between top officials of the UT administration and MHRD asked PEC to draft and submit a proposal for upgrading it to an IIT or NIT. Following this, the proposal was sent to the secretary, MHRD, on May 9, 2014.