PTU Nalanda School of TQM & Entrepreneurship organised a Seminar highlighting Punjab Technical University’s new initiative for the Training Semester of B.Tech. final year students. Two programmes were announced for launch in January 2015 – a one semester Industrial Training Programme for enhancing the employability of B. Tech. students and an Entrepreneurship Development Programme (in lieu of Industrial Training) for grooming the B. Tech. students into entrepreneurs. The event attracted Training and Placement Officers and final year students from Engineering Colleges of the region. The highlight of the seminar was the interaction with experts and trainers from industry.

The One Semester Industrial Training has been designed by experts from industry to make the graduating engineers job ready. Apart from area specific training, there is a strong emphasis on personality development and communication skills. A placement drive would be conducted towards the end of the training.

The Entrepreneurship Development Program, the first of its kind in the region, has been designed to make the entrepreneurial dreams of B. Tech. students a reality. A batch of 30 students, selected systematically, will be mentored by entrepreneurs and provided all inputs for formulating an implementable business plan. Mentoring and guidance could stretch to 2-3 years till the project is implemented.

Padamshree Chandra Mohan, Chief Guest of the occasion, while addressing the gathering said that an entrepreneur must perceive the opportunity to use his knowledge to innovate, create and build something new of recognized value to get higher returns. He also conveyed that risks are inevitable but the spirit must remain high.

Guest of Honour, Mr R P Sehgal, former Director-Works, SML Izusu Ltd, said that the programs are apt for the current requirement of both Manufacturing and Service Sector. Earlier, while speaking on the occasion Mr Manish Trehan, CEO of the Institute informed that the students will work on live projects in their area of specialization and prepare an Industrial Training report of high standard.

Mr. M S Bedi, Asst. Placement Officer of PTU, complimented the School for the launch of these two programmes that would help improve the career prospects of B. Tech. students.