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Textile Institute of Pakistan
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Established 1994
Type Private
Chancellor Mr. Arif Hasan
Location Karachi, Pakistan
Affiliations Degree Awarding: Higher Education Commission of Pakistan
Website http://www.tip.edu.pk

Textiles being Pakistan’s largest industrial sector generate the country’s highest export earnings of about 67% and provide the bulk of employment (39%) to a largely under utilized work force. The high levels of unemployment and under-employment are mainly on account of the low skill levels, low literacy and poor managerial efficiencies of the job market.

Recognizing this gap, TIP was founded in 1994 under the aegis of APTMA, to fill the growing vacuum. The key objective was to provide professional education and training to a new class of young professionals by honing their practical skills in addition to providing the necessary theoretical knowledge.

The institute was purpose built (200,000 sq.ft. covered area) along a state of the art architectural design by a leading architect on 50 acres of land located on the National Highway about 30 minutes drive from the airport.

The architecture features of interior and exterior design are in consonance with the climatic and topographical need to soften the harshness of Karachi’s physical and social environment.

While not ostentatious, the premises are air-conditioned and fitted with pleasant fixtures, wood work and finishing. The exterior is adorned with beautifully sprawling lawns and an artificial lake complete with related fauna in its natural habitat.

Realizing the importance of this segment to Pakistan’s export potential, the Export Promotion Bureau has played a significant role in the development of TIP in the shape of generous financial assistance through the EDF (export development fund).

The campus houses all requisite facilities as per internationally acceptable standards such as an extensive library with individual and group study facilities together with an audio-visual room and CD room.

The computer lab has a dedicated 384Kbps Internet facility and a CAD/CAM lab complete with designing software. The science laboratories and technical laboratories (specialized textile labs) including spinning, fabric formation, wet processing, testing, and apparel labs have all been equipped and installed for hands on training in a simulated environment.

The apparel lab has its own equipment and computers with related pattern making and stitching software.

Computers have also been installed in the hostels to enable hostelites to avail this facility for homework and other assignments.

The entire faculty, management, staff and students are transported to and from the campus on TIP’s air-conditioned vehicles for purposes of safety and punctuality from all points in and around Karachi.

Since its establishment, TIP has served the needs of industry to a large extent and is gearing up its resources to meet their further requirements. So far, all TIP graduates have been taken up by the domestic textile industry barring those who have gone abroad in pursuit of higher education. The dearth of trained managerial technical manpower is so acute in this sector that TIP has not been able to keep pace with demand for fear of compromising standards as TIP was set up as a trust and is not in the business of making money.

In addition to the limitations on turning out appropriately educated and skilled graduates, TIP is also called upon to design and deliver a host of short courses of 2–8 weeks duration on a variety of practical issues / problems faced on the shop floor by supervisory level employees and other skilled workers. Modern teaching facilities with a unique and rational problem solving approach to learning is imparted.

With an independent charter granted by the Government of Sindh, TIP is authorized to award its own degrees under recognition of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) . Initially, TIP’s course content and syllabi were developed by faculty at the Clemson University, USA with which there was a student exchange program for the award of degrees. Credits obtained at TIP are still transferable. TIP also has a new higher educational link through the British Council , with the University of Manchester and its William lee innovation Centre (WLIC). This enables TIP to adopt and upgrade its educational standards according to the changing demands of a changing global industry and market. Two faculty members from England’s universities are the external examiners to test and monitor TIP’s standards of education service delivery, for both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Further, TIP’s close ties with the local textile industry through APTMA enable all internships to be arranged through APTMA ’s member units where real training in an actual environment is conducted. TIP also hosts a number of seminars and symposium in conjunction with APTMA , the British Council and the Higher Education Commission . WLIC being our link partner, is closely associated.

Pakistan’s effort in the industrial sector in the past 50 years had been at best, haphazard and sporadic. Individual mills may or may not have adopted universal standards and operating practices.

Today, with the setting up of a formally structured learning centre at TIP, APTMA has demonstrated its ability to piece together an effort in concert preparatory to the impending global challenges that are anticipated by all of Asia as well as the textile world.

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