FAISALABAD - Engineers are virtually builders of the country and they should play their role in overcoming the prevalent crisis and pave way for a strong, stable and prosperous Pakistan. They should also dispel negative propaganda while serving within the country or abroad and convince the Investors to make their wise investment in setting up joint ventures and new industry in Pakistan. This was stated by Higher Education Commission Executive Director and Vice Chancellors’ Search Committee Chairman Dr Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gillani while addressing the passing-out Engineers at the 3rd Convocation of the National Textile University (NTU) here the other day.

Gillani said that he was grateful to NTU Rector Dr Niaz Ahmed Akhtar for inviting him to address the ‘galaxy of Academia and students which was indeed an institution and undoubtedly a leading centre in the field of textile in Pakistan. He said that NTU had been fortunate to have Dr Niaz as a competent and practicable leader in this intricate world of education.

He pointed out that many of the passing-out students of the NTU were justifiable nervous about leaving the safe university and hurling themselves headlong into the cold and harsh world of competition. But he is convinced that the knowledge, training and creativity they have experienced at the University will support them in their professional career. At the same time, the captivating memories and enthralling moments of this Alma mater will remain with you forever, he added.

He congratulate all the graduates and particularly those, who had received distinction in their respective disciplines and hoped that NTU had instilled in them the spirit of nation building and armed them with the tools for the service of the beloved country. Remember, you have to strive hard to sustain your competitive edge in the fast technologically progressing world, he added.

Earlier, NTU Rector Dr Niaz Ahmed Akhtar enumerated the achievement of the university and expressed his thanks to the chief guest for gracing the convocation. He greeted the students who received degrees which was indeed the fruits of their toil from this prestigious institute.

He told that the Pakistan Textile Industry was back-bone of country’s economy and over 90 percent NTU graduates were working in big textile mills and some of them serving abroad.

He added that besides textile Engineering, the first batches of Polymer Engineering, BBA, and Bachelor in Textile and Apparel Design and MSc in Textile Engineering were passing out and they were entitled to PEC accredited degrees.

Dr Niaz said that as much as 222 students were graduated who included 43 from Yarn manufacturing department,26 of fabric manufacturing department,34 from department of textile chemistry,25 from garment manufacturing, 31 of polymer engineering, 20 from textile and apparel designing, 19 from business administration and 24 from MSc textile engineering programme.

Later, Dr Imtiaz Gillani and Dr Niaz awarded gold medals to 9 students for their outstanding performance.

Prominent among those who attended the NTU convocation included Adviser to Interior Ministry Qaiser Ali Asghar, NTU Executive Committee Chairman Mian Muhammad Latif, Dr Ashfaq Ahmed, Prof Jawed Iqbal, Zabi Ullah Khan, Malik Mumtaz Hussain, Dean Academic, Dr Tanvir, Dr Nisar Jameel, Dr Tahir and others.