At times like these when the entire nation is waiting and praying for the political future of pakistan. In Faislabad our youth is having concerns about their academic and professional future.
on 12th October 1959 Lyallpur textile Institute was founded by General Ayub Khan. As it was affiliated with university of engineering & technology so later the name was changed to National College of textile & Engineering because it was taken care by the federal government. But in general zia-ul Haq’s era the presidential ordinance was used and the control was given to the Board of Governors which was supposed to consist of the Federal Minister of Industries as its chairman with seven other members from the Federal/Provincial governments and three members from All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA). In 1992 the institute received an aid of worth ¥ 650 million from the Japanese government, through JICA program, in the form of latest machinery & equipment for all departments of the institution.All this was before September 1993, when the institute was placed under complete control of APTMA, the board of governors was reconstituted.Meanwhile the federal cabinet on November 15th 2002 upgraded the college as National Textile University. The president of Pakistan is the Chancellor of the university but still no convincing measures taken to recognize NTU as a Professional Engineering Institute.
The simple and only solution to all problems, according to the students is to transfer the Institute’s Management and charge to the federal Government specifically under the regulation of Ministry of Textile Industries, Pakistan and accreditation by Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC).
The students of the university has started protesting for their rights and considering the rising tention because of this matter the university has been closed down and the students have been forcfully evacuated from the hostels.
Students have the following demands :
– University managemnet should be handed over to Federal Ministry of Textile from APTMA.
-Introduce Restoration of student unions and provision of basic student facilities as per other reputed universities.
-Restoration of scholarships.
-Introduction of Masters and phd program
– Immediate accreditation by Pakistan Engineering Council.
– Removal of corrupt Management
Concerns of the Students:
Students are seriously concerned and feel that their future is at stake as long as the Management of the university remains in the hands of APTMA which may be an effective business organization but certainly it is not an academic organization and so the university under the control of Federal Ministry of textile and Industry or Ministry of Education. At one of the recent protests I heard one of the students saying “APTMA wants to develop technologists not engineers by concentrating on non-textile basic sciences rather than masters and PhD program in textile subjects so that the students of NTU could be forced to work on minimum wages in Textile mills since they are not officially recognized as engineers”. Students believe that accreditation with PEC is their genuine right that the university Administration has not taken required steps to fulfill PEC .
Now the university is closed and waitng for this problem to be solved. till then our precious time is going in wate.
Special thanks to all the sites from where i read about National Textile University and took help.