During my one and a half year, I have witnessed a new world and have found myself in an environment where I can develop and promote myself. I was never that bold and confident as I am now. This is all because of my beloved institution â€˜Textile Institute of Pakistanâ€™. Despite of being in the list of top textile universities of Pakistan having 100% job placements, there is still a chorus among the textile industrialists that TIP students are â€˜Non-technicalâ€™.
Great minds discuss ideas-so do I. I have got some suggestions to eliminate this â€˜Non-technicalâ€™ word from the graduates of TIP. Since textile management, apparel and designing students need not to be much technical as per their job requirements; my focus of debate is largely Textile science students. My very first point out of my three pointâ€™s agenda is:
It is useless to invest a large amount of money on expensive lab equipment, chemicals, materials and computers if students are allotted their lab marks only on the basis of Practical Journals and viva exam. It is our third semester and we havenâ€™t gone through any practical exam at the end of each lab.
Un-necessary courses or Fillers
I recently got to know that Mr. Umair Saeed has approved a course named â€˜Textile Mechanicsâ€™ for first year students in place of useless intermediate Physics and Chemistry courses. This is indeed a great step but still there are various courses, taught to first years, which are either repetitive or very basic. For example, we are currently taking â€˜Yarn Formationâ€™ course, which no doubt can cover a thousand technical things but still even in second year-we are studying the BASIC spinning processes which could have been taught to us during our first year. I canâ€™t figure out why our academic policy makers not introduce pure technical courses and speed up the learning process to compete with NTU, NED and even Mechanical Engineers and Diploma holders who are giving a tough time to TIP graduates.
My third and the final point of concern is:
Hard work or the other way Round
Though it is very bad and I feel ashamed of writing about this is what students call â€˜TCâ€™ or â€˜Take Careâ€™. I am not criticizing or pointing towards our beloved and respected teachers but I want to drift the attention of again our academic policy makers that they should not allow students forcing and begging the teachers to raise their marks on the basis of their good relationship or understanding with the teachers. This is not a lie nor do I like to tell; this is a harsh truth which all of us must have noticed. What usually happens is that students keep forcing the course instructors to give them some bonus marks or packages and teachers due to the absence of any rule or policy mostly favor the students.
Now, the question pops up is WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS? It is not the students, not the teachers but our academic department. In addition of publishing Students Hand Book, they should also consider above mentioned flaws since these small things are tarnishing the image of TIP among the top industrialists and mill owners.