The Department of Textiles, University of Management and Technology, organized a “Textile Innovation” exhibition on January 20, 2010. This was a unique event of its kind in the history of textile education in Pakistan as students presented their high tech course projects with minimum resources.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Dr Abdul Raouf, SI, Distinguished National Professor and Advisor UMT. The chief guests on the occasion included Hasan Talat, Director Melanix, and Anjum, Director of a leading textile group. Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad, Rector UMT, graced the event with his presence at the closing ceremony. Hammad Mohsin, Assistant Professor at the Department of Textiles, organized the exhibition and his efforts to bring innovative concepts into teaching and learning were appreciated.
One of the highlights of the exhibition was the selection of four projects by government service and textile industry representatives for commercial purposes. Mohammad Aqeel Akbar, a student of the Textile Department, received full scholarship in a leading Chinese University. Another success of this event was the launching of ‘UMT Innovation’ to act as a technological incubator for future developments.
The exhibition displayed 32 projects based on ‘Intelligent Fiber Development’ and ‘New Developments in Textiles’. Students covered different themes like electronic textiles, nanotechnology, recycling of materials into value added textile products, manufacturing plant design of synthetic fibers, mechanisms of the textile processes and innovative designs.
More than 30 highly respected and top ranking textile industry professionals attended the event. Punjab Emergency Services (1122) officials also attended the exhibition. Faculty members from the Pakistan School of Fashion Design, COMSATS and Hajvery University were also present and appreciated the exhibits showcased by the students. The exhibition was also well attended by the general public, UMT students, staff and faculty members.