Strengthen textile industry to revive national economy; speakers at the 4th ICTC 2013Read More
The School of Textile and Design at University of Management and Technology (UMT), Lahore, hosted the 4th International Conference on Textile and Clothing (ICTC) 2013 today, at Lahore Expo Center. This conference has brought together renowned conglomerates and experts from UK, Germany, China, and Italy at a single platform to discuss a diverse range of topics such as nano-science in textiles, non-wovens, geo-textiles, conductive textiles, recyclable textiles, etc.
In his welcome address at the opening session of the conference, Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad, Rector UMT, said that UMT started textile diploma programs in 1992. Today, UMT is offering both graduate and master level textile programs that are being taught using the latest curriculum, best practices, and hands-on learning in the use of modern technology. Dr Hasan said that all programs are based on experiential learning. He added that these programs are so well accepted in the market that the Institute of Textile and Fashion Design in Faisalabad has introduced the same for its students.
Deliberating on strengthening the textile education in the country, Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad was of the view that Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) should also help in registration and facilitation of textile graduates. He advised APTMA representatives to consider setting up a mechanism whereby APTMA itself should accredit textile programs.
Dr Hasan added that UMT textile graduates are working in good positions in the textile industry. This testifies to the industry-driven programs that are taught at the university. He said that textile and related industries’ exports account for $13 billion which is a sizable chunk of the total exports of the country. As such, the textile industry is the backbone of the national economy and all of us should do as much as possible to make it grow.
Sheikh Azhar Majeed, Chairman Arzoo Textile Mills and Vice Chairman Federation of Chambers and Commerce, said that the Pakistani textile industry is facing serious energy crisis. He said that out of a total of 365 days in the year, the industry is operational only for 150 to 180 days. This has had a seriously negative effect on the overall productivity of the textile sector and has contributed to a sharp decrease in the country’s exports. He said that the deteriorating law and order situation in the country is another factor that has had adverse effects. Buyers hesitate to come to Pakistan and have shifted elsewhere.