PEC Chandigarh Gets Rs. 10 Crore for Kalpana Chalwa Chair

The Railway Ministry gave Rs 10 crore grant to the PEC University of Technology for setting up Kalpana Chawla Chair on Geospatial Technology on the premises. For this project, PEC will come up with a laboratory to offer expert consultancy to the Railway Ministry for designing of tunnels, bridges and material testing.

Meanwhile, the PEC University of Technology will also provide consultancy to the Railway Ministry if they contemplate on enhancing the Chandigarh railway station. The motive behind starting this project was to motivate research work in the field of geospatial technology and fortifying railways using the global positioning system (GPS), use of remote sensing data and the geographical information system (GIS). This will, in turn, lessen the outsourcing from foreign countries for the problem of railways.

Rs. 10 Crore & How will they be used?

The project was announced in last year’s railway budget for the promotion of research work in geospatial technology. The funds were given to the university by the ministry last week to institute the Chair. In the upcoming week, a  core committee meeting will take place for the discussion of the chair project by the railway ministry. The university will also make its contribution to the operations of the Chair.

Relation B/w Late Kalpana Chawla & Chandigarh

In 1982, Late Kalpana Chawla did her bachelor’s in aeronautical engineering from PEC Chandigarh. Presently, the Kalpana Chawla chair is set up in the college in honor for her contribution of being, the first Indo-American woman astronaut to go to space.

Kalpana Chawla who was born in Karnal, Haryana did here schooling from there and then moved to Chandigarh to attain her graduation degree in aeronautical engineering from the PEC University of Technology in 1982. She later moved to the US for her Master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas and after that got her doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado.


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