The 17th Convocation of the Textile Institute of Pakistan (TIP) was held on Saturday, the January 28, 2017 at the TIP main campus.

A total of 38 graduating students were awarded degrees in the disciplines/programs of Textile Marketing and Management, Apparel Manufacturing and Merchandizing, Fashion Design Management, Textile Sciences and Textile Design Technology.

The chief guest Mr. Firoz Rasul, President Aga Khan Medical University graced the event with his presence. He was also the Keynote Speaker at the convocation. The members of the Board of Governors, The Chancellor Mian A Majeed and the President Mr. Humayun Zafar were also present.

Medals were awarded to high performing students.  Summa Cum laude went to Ms. Aeliya Batool, the highest performer with 3.94 CGPA, Mr. M. Umer Khan was awarded Megna Cum laude with 3.74 CGPA.,  and Cum laude were awarded to 4 high performing graduating students.

Ms. Amina Shehzad, graduate of Textile Design program was awarded the Late Dr. Eqbal Ahmed Award along with a cash prize of Rs 10,000 for her overall best performance.

In his speech the chief guest Mr. Firoz Rasul congratulated the graduating students and appreciated the facilities and infrastructure at the Institute while emphasizing the role of textile industry in Pakistan’s economy. He shared his experiences regarding the quality of Pakistani textile products with international appreciation and advised the graduating students to play their part in value added textiles.  He further added that achieving excellence in their field is the key to success.

While presenting the annual progress report the President of the Institute, Mr Humayun Zafar informed that from Fall 2017, TIP shall be launching a new discipline by the name of IMM (Industrial Manufacturing Management), which would be followed by another degree program entitled as BBA in Retail Management. He also informed about the I.T. expansion and upgradation projects undertaken during the year.

While speaking about the pedagogy the President mentioned that the classroom lectures are being replaced by case studies, group presentations and industry visits. The focus has shifted on practical exposure and industry requirements rather than on rote learning and selective study.

The President also informed that the Institute is in the 22nd year of its operations and has so far produced over 1200 alumni who have been successfully adding value to the textile sector of Pakistan.