FAISALABAD: The First Technical Textile Resource Centre (TTRC) is being established at the National Textile University (NTU) to provide support for the development of the textile sector, said NTU Faisalabad Rector Dr Arshad Ali.
While addressing a seminar attended by industrialists and other stakeholders, Dr Ali said that funds have been provided for work on the centre, which will be completed within the time limit.
Terming TTRC as the ‘future of Pakistan textiles’, Dr Ali added that technical textile has the potential to earn more than conventional textile. “Per metre cloth prepared by conventional methods is only Rs10 to Rs20 per metre, but this sky rockets to Rs300 for technical textile in some cases,” he said.
He said that it was very encouraging that stakeholders, including the government, industry and academia are fully aware of the importance of technical textile and are making efforts for the promotion of this emerging sector.
He said that NTU is ready to play its role to lay down a comprehensive and viable roadmap to achieve a notable target of improvement within a timeframe.
He further said that the separate and dedicated sub-sectors of technical textile would also be established in this proposed TTRC. He admitted the importance of on-job training of the textile engineers and said that NTU will take initiatives to start refresher courses for the graduates working in different industries.
Ministry of Textile Joint Secretary Neelofar Hafeez underlined the importance of the textile sector in the economy. She highlighted the fact that developing countries are concentrating on high-value technical textile, which is more profitable than the conventional method.
She assured that sector-specific seminars would be arranged regularly to sensitise the industries and academia on different aspects of the textile sector.
Responding to a question, she said that certification of technical textile producers would not be an issue as NTU will provide globally acceptable certificates. She also said that textile ministry officials have been directed to retrieve study on contamination-free cotton, done previously by Smeda.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 16th, 2015.
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