FAISALABAD - Federal Textile Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin inaugurated ‘National Textile Research Centre’ at National Textile University (NTU) here on Friday which had been completed at a cost of Rs55.6 million.

On the occasion, NTU Rector Dr Niaz Ahmed informed the Minister that the research centre was first of its kind in the country and it would ensure modern fibre research on Cloth and Yarn by utilizing modern technology.  He revealed that the construction of the Textile Research Centre had been completed within a record period, adding that a sum of Rs21.6 million had been spent on the construction of the building while equipment and machinery had cost Rs34 million. Federal Textile Secretary Waqar Ahmed Khan, Textile Commissioner Farooq Ahmed Khan, NTU Registrar Prof Jawed Iqbal and Board of Governors Members - Mian Muhammad Latif, Engineer Akbar Sheikh, Shahzad Ahmed Sheikh, Ismail Khurram, UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmed Khan, Mian Naveed Gulzar, Khawaja Zahid Rashid and UET Vice Chancellor Gen (r) Muhammad Akram attended the Inaugural Ceremony.

Later, the Federal Textile Minister chaired the NTU Board of Governors meeting which took a number of important decision for enhancing the efficacy and effectiveness of the university. The BoG expressed satisfaction over the working of the institution.

Before leaving for Islamabad, Textile Minister Shahabuddin talked to the media persons at NTU and replied their questions about the gas crisis in the country.

To a question, the Textile Minister claimed that despite all prevailing odds, exports from the country had increased by 20 percent over the past year. He said that the government was fully alive to the gas crisis and subsequent problems being faced by the industry, saying that a number of steps were being taken to overcome the crisis.