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About 150 alumni, residing in various corners of India, converged at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) to go down memory lane and share a warm bonhomie at the Annual Alumni Meet on 25.11.2023 of the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology (COAET), PAU. The alumni were accompanied by their families. The Alumni Association of the COAET had meticulously orchestrated the meet wherein Dr Satbir Singh Gosal, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, was the chief guest. The former Deans of COAET comprising Dr SR Verma, Dr PK Gupta and Dr Ashok Kumar; former Registrar Dr VK Sharma; former Dean of Postgraduate Studies Dr KD Mannan; and former Agriculture Commissioner of Punjab Dr BS Sidhu were among the distinguished alumni present on the occasion. Alumni from batches 1973 and 1998 attended the meet in large number to celebrate the golden and silver jubilees, respectively.

In his address, Dr Gosal lauded the achievements and contributions of the alumni -underscoring their pivotal role in shaping the institution’s reputation and success. Delighted at the accomplishments of the former students, he highlighted the significance of their ongoing engagement and support for the college’s continued growth.

The Chief Patron of the Alumni Association and Dean of COAET, Dr Manjeet Singh, hailed the alumni for their immense contributions and professional excellence in the field of agricultural engineering worldwide. Established in 1964, the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology has produced approximately 2,700 engineers who have excelled as academicians, researchers, administrators, and entrepreneurs across diverse fields, he informed.

Dr Satish Gupta, President of Alumni Association, apprised the audience of the alumni activities during the past year, especially, the support to the students for participation in the national-level TIFAN competition.

Dr Vishal Bector, Associate Director (Institutional Linkages), conducted the inaugural session while Dr Samanpreet Kaur, Secretary, proposed a vote of thanks.

During the General Body Meeting of the Alumni Association, new Executive of the Alumni Association was constituted. Dr Preetinder Kaur and Dr Samanpreet Kaur were unanimously elected as President and Vice President; while Er Rattan Pal Singh and Er Sarabjeet Singh were elected as Senior Vice-Presidents, representing Chandigarh Region and National Capital Region, respectively.

The gala event featured cultural performances by students, adding vibrancy to the atmosphere. The alumni participated in the photo booth session and the fun activities with full excitement and vigor. A thoughtful student-alumni interaction in the hostel premises provided an invaluable opportunity to the new students to glean insights and wisdom from their predecessors, paving the way for a successful future.

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