Chandigarh: PEC has a new director

Baldev Setia has been appointed the new principal of Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh.

The appointment comes months after Dheeraj Sanghi stepped down as director of PEC in December last year.

UT administrator Vice-President Singh Badnore on Tuesday approved Setia’s name, which was recommended along with two others by the search and selection committee headed by Councilor Dharam Pal. The jury interviewed 36 candidates on August 5 and selected three.

Setia has been a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the Kurukshetra National Institute of Technology since 2006 and has over 35 years of experience in teaching, research, consulting and administration.

A graduate in civil engineering and postgraduate in water resources engineering from the same institute, he then obtained his doctorate from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur in 1998.

Upon her appointment, Setia said: “PEC is a century-old institute and has a number of strengths, including its strong alumni base and qualified faculty. Improving the research environment within the institute will be one of my priorities.

Setia has held other important positions as well and is currently the Nodal Officer of the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Sonepat.

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