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Connecting Education And Industry: Bridging The Gap


On August 21, National Textile University (NTU) and Asian Institute of Industrial Air (AIIA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in an endeavour to connect industry to education.

The event held in Faisalabad was attended by leading executives from the industrial and the educational sector including the Chairman of All-Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association (APTMA) and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agriculture.

The event was sponsored by Rastgar Group in partnership with NTU. The Vice-Chancellor of NTU, Dr. Tanveer Hussain also addressed the audience. In his address, Dr. Hussain highlighted the problems faced by Pakistan’s textile industry and how the partnership with AIIA will use its capacity to meet these challenges.

The keynote address on Textile 4.0 was delivered by Dr. Arshad Ali, CEO of AIIA. Dr. Ali underscored the importance of digitization in the industrial sector. Addressing the industrial executives at the event, Dr. Ali implored them to “rethink their business models” as he stressed the need for strategic analysis and decision on an executive level.

Apart from the MoU signing, the purpose of the event was to underline the measures to help the textile industry. Elaborating further on the subject, Mr. Imtiaz Ali Rastgar, Chairman of Rastgar Group, gave a much-needed reminder to the audience of being mindful of the wastage in the industry and its associated costs. He further said that there can be up to 24% reduction in cost by reducing waste, thus stating, “waste is the enemy.”Also present in attendance was Mr. John Fyfe, a representative for Gardner-Denver, Germany. Mr. Fyfe promised to continue to bring the best products and help support education and young engineers.

The event was deemed a huge success as it was able to connect industrial experts with educational experts in the textile sector. The signing of the MoU with NTU sowed the first seed for a fruitful partnership. AIIA hopes to further garner relationships with industries and academia to increase employability. Asian Institute of Industrial Air (AIIA) is the only institute in Pakistan offering an advanced level of certified training courses on Industrial Air Engineering, Automation and Production Engineering. AIIA works to encourage sustainable business developments by providing awareness and the necessary skills to connect education to the industry.


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