First International Conference “The
The first international conference: ‘The Textile Colloquium’
organized by Textile Institute of Pakistan (TIP) on 13th and
14th May 2018 at Pearl Continental Hotel Karachi. In this
two-day international conference, a number of textile-related
industries from all over Pakistan participated with an even
greater number of students from different textile universities
and also professionals from the textile mills. Some foreign
delegations also visited for this international event. The
conference has attracted professionals from the textile industry
and other related trades, with academics and businessmen from
the concerned sector.
A Job Fair was arranged during the conference where many
stalls were set up by different industries in order to guide
students according to their areas of interest.
In addition to the conference, a Degree Show to display
thesis was also organized by the Institute in which the final
year students demonstrated their thesis in the form of the
The event was supported by some sponsors, among the main were
British Council, Pakistan Textile Journal, Archroma Pakistan,
TATA Pakistan, and MUSTAQIM Dyeing & Printing Industries.
The guests visited different stalls, met the exhibitors,
exchanged perspectives and appreciated the students for their
whole year work.
The program started with the recitation from Holy Quran and
National Anthem of Pakistan. The two-day event was inaugurated
by Mr. Abdul Majeed, Chancellor Textile Institute of Pakistan.
In his address, he expressed his appreciation to the team of TIP
and also lauded the efforts of the students.
He also appreciated the cooperation of sponsors. While
talking about the history of TIP, Mr. Majeed said that the need
for establishment TIP was keeping in mind the needs of the
textile industry, which is the largest industrial sector of
Pakistan. The country’s textile sector not only generates the
country’s highest export earnings of about 45% it also provides
the bulk of employment (39%) to a largely underutilized
workforce. The reason for this underutilization lies primarily
in poor managerial efficiencies and inadequate literacy of
The President of The Textile Institute of Pakistan, Mr.
Humayun Zafar gave the welcome address. He first introduced TIP
with its aims and objectives and then highlighted the importance
of conferences and exhibitions for the economic progress of any
country. He said that TIP, an internationally recognized
educational institution is providing an open, free and
challenging environment for research-based learning, in order to
develop right kind of skill set and human resources, with
creative and well-rounded personalities.
Michael Hann, Chair of Design Theory University of Leeds and
Director of ULITA addressed the gathering. He first thanked the
management of TIP for organizing such fruitful event for the
textile industry of Pakistan in general and for the students of
textile universities in particular. He further said that it is
the best learning opportunity, where all the professionals,
industrialists, researchers, people belonging to academia and
students had the opportunity to share one platform. He also
shared his past experiences of visiting Pakistan in the early
1980s and compared the industrial technologies and innovations
of that time with the present era.
Dr. Abdul Jabbar, Dean of TIP gave the vote of thanks. He
also greeted all the guests, participants, friends from press
and media and other exhibitors who attended the inauguration. He
also appreciated the students and faculty members of TIP for
their presence at the conference.
The ceremony concluded with the presentation of conference
souvenirs and bouquets to speakers and distinguished guests.The
conference focused on the core issues and factors affecting the
growth of the textile sector. The top-level national and
international experts from academia, research, industry, and
management shared their expert views and vision to resolve these
The conference included plenary lectures by eminent experts
with different fora in which each forum had 4-5 panelists,
followed by an open discussion. The event was also open for a
large number of young scholars and experts from the industry in
order to engage in meaningful dialogue related to present and
future challenges faced by the textile industry of Pakistan.
The first forum was on the topic of ‘Retail and Fashion
Industry of Pakistan’ in which the panelists were Mr. Ebtisam
Ahmed, CEO EB; Mr. Umair A. Siddiqui from Edenrobe; Muhammad
Fawwad Noori an international fashion designer and Mr. Adnan
Pardesi an independent fashion designer. The Moderator Mr.
Gauhar Ajmal, one of the leading fashion designer from Karachi
and the Session Chair was headed by Mr. Azhar Ali Dahar DG. TDAP
The second forum was on the topic of ‘Survival of the Textile
Industry through Exports’ in which the panelists were Mr. Wasif
Ali, PHMA representative; Dr. Noor Ahmed Memon, Dean Dadabhoy
Institute; Mr. Abdul Kadir Giga, Member South Zone Management
Committee - PREGMEA, Mr. Zahid Mazhar, Senior Vice president
APTMA, with the Moderator Altaf Gul Muhammad, COO –
International Textiles Limited. The Session Chair was headed by
Dr. Tahir Shah, Ex-Professor, University of Boltan UK .
The second day’s proceedings started with the Plenary
Lectures of Professor Michael A. Hann, Chair, Textile Design –
the University of Leeds and Professor Tahir Shah. The topic of
the lecture was, how can the textile industry of Pakistan deal
with the upcoming challenges? The speakers focused on the issues
faced by the textile sector in Pakistan. They were of the view
that positive image building of the sector can be of help in
dealing with some of the challenges. In addition, there was a
discussion of value addition, investment in the field of modern
technology and ways to reduce the cost of production in the
The third forum ‘Growth of Denim Industry and its importance
in Exports’ was attended by panelists: Mr. Hasan Ali Baig,
entrepreneur; Mr. Abbas Naqvi, consultant; Mr. Adnan Feroz,
Rajbi Industries; Mr. Aamir, Archroma Pakistan with Mr. Irfan
Abdullah, G.M. Rajbi Industries Karachi as moderator. The
Session Chair was Muhammad Idrees Ahmed, Ex-Textile
In this session, the panelists discussed the significance of
denim industry and informed that textile clothing was the
biggest sector of country’s economy and was the largest job
provider too with the highest amount of export earnings in which
denim is the most important sub-sector. They were of the view
that Pakistan as a cotton-growing country with its rich cotton
related experience in textiles was the key factor for the growth
and profitability of the denim industry.
The fourth forum was on the topic of ‘Water Conservation and
Environmental Issues’ in which the panelists Mr. Irfan Marfani,
Abbas Apparel; Ms. Farheen Fatima, Consultant; Dr. Irfan Sheikh,
College of Earth and Environmental Sciences – University of
Punjab and Dr. Adbul Jabbar, Dean TIP. The Moderator was Dr.
Tanveer Hussain, Rector NTU and the Session Chair was Mr.
Michael A. Hann, Professor in the University of Leeds.
The speakers highlighted the issues of water and other
environmental problems in the textile industry. There was a
discussion on the sheer volume of water used to produce textile
products, for instance, 700 gallons to make one shirt. The need
for sustainable practices and the importance of water
conservation programs for future generations was emphasized
The fifth and last forum was on the topic of ‘Compliance
Issues and the Role of Dyes and Chemicals in Industry.’ The
panelists included Mr. Tariq Khan, SGS Pakistan; Dr. Arshad
Mehmood, Archroma Pakistan and Mr. S.M. Khalid, Hohenstein
Institute Pakistan. The Moderator was Mr. Hameed K. Lateef from
Textile Texting International Lab and the Session Chair was
Professor Iqbal Bhangar, ICCBS Karachi.
The speakers discussed the use of dyes and chemicals in the
industry with their storage conditions. They informed that
chemical management system was very necessary in order to work
in a healthy and sustainable environment.