The first convocation ceremony of PTU’s Gian Jyoti School of TQM & Entrepreneurship, the first School of Excellence of Punjab Technical University, concluded amid cheers at its campus in Mohali today morning. In a historic moment for the School, 77 students, graduating in B.Tech. – Industrial Engineering and Management, with specialisation in Total Quality Management, received their degrees.

The convocation address was delivered by Dr. Rajneesh Arora, Vice Chancellor, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, who also conferred the degrees on the first batch of formally qualified quality professionals. He recalled that PTU had indeed taken a bold decision six years ago by dedicating its first School of Excellence to the uncharted domain of TQM & Entrepreneurship. Launch of India’s first B.Tech. programme, specializing in TQM, for working diploma holders was a pioneering step. He emphasized that continuous learning is a way of life in the world. He called upon the graduating engineers to utilize the knowledge gained from this unique application-focused programme for the betterment of one and all in our society including the rich and the poor, the urban and the rural.

The audience was also addressed by Mr. Suresh Kumar IAS, Principal Secretary, Technical Education, Punjab and Padma Shree Chandra Mohan, Chairman, Governing Council of the Institute. Mr. Chandra Mohan expressed great satisfaction at the fact that his dream of creating a pool of engineers having expertise in the field of TQM has been finally realized. These TQM professionals have already started making an impact on the organisation in which they work. “The next decade” he said, “clearly belongs to those who excel in quality”.

Mr. Manish Trehan, CEO of the Institute, presented the progress report in which he highlighted the various achievements of the Institute, especially the brisk progress made in reaching out to industry in the North-west region through technical consultancy, corporate training and Awards for excellence in Quality. He also reported that the graduating batch of B.Tech. students undertook 26 projects in the final semester, in their own organizations, attaining an average annual financial saving of Rs. 60 lacs per project.

Mr. J S Bedi, Chairman, Gian Jyoti Institute of Management & Technology and Member, Governing Council proposed the vote of thanks.

After the award of degrees, Prizes were given to toppers in academics and also to those students whose projects had been adjudged the best. Two outgoing students shared their experiences in which they described the manner in which this unique, application-oriented course had helped them in the betterment of industrial practices resulting in significant financial benefits to their organisations. A unique feature of the convocation ceremony was the administration of oath to the new graduates.