Just a minute! – Talking Textures ’06-’07

By Hassan Mehmood TS3-A

“Yaar mujhay be dena!”

This was the reaction that most of the students had when Talking Texture 06-07 were being distributed by the CR of the class. Every body was keen to have a look in the much awaited talking textures which was to be published way back, but due to the keen interest shown by the much responsible people who handled the publications, it was delayed a bit.

If you wouldn’t have been told before that it was the magazine being distributed and if the title would not have been there on the cover page, I would have thought of it as a magazine which can only be seen and read when the room is locked and the faith of an individual is at its lowest point. Continue reading “Just a minute! – Talking Textures ’06-’07”

Job switching advice

Career ladders

Raghib Ali Khan (Textile Science Class of 2005) gives valuable advice on starting a new job, and on switching jobs.

One thing which is very common in fresh graduates is job switching. There are as many reasons as there the grains of sand in this universe or the stars in the sky. Some times after a few days and some times after a couple of months one switches to another job.

Although switching is not a good thing to do but if it is necessary one should not delay that and do as soon as they have reason enough.

There are few things that a fresh graduate must consider before starting a new job:

  1. Your field of interest
  2. There are many options open to one like spinning, weaving, dyeing, printing, finishing, planning, quality control, garments production, merchandizing, marketing, buying houses, textile sourcing, consultancy etc. Select one that suits you best.
  3. When you select a job, stick to it.
  4. Is the job related to your studies?
  5. Will the job give you opportunities to learn and grow?
  6. Whether you are fit for that particular environment
  7. Is the job fulfilling your monetary requirements?
  8. How are senior members doing at that company?
  9. Where will you be in a couple of years in that job?

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Leaving and Remembering TIP

Four years have passed and I now I am leaving TIP (not only I but also my 70 batch mates). At this moment when ever I get time, I recall the days that I spend at TIP, the hostel life, the TIP study hours, the nights before the hourlies (now exams), the TISF functions, BBQ night, musical night, carnival night, dramas, movie night in open air theater and above all the early days of the each semester when the fresh students lot come in, the ragging days and nights, the ISSB at hostel, the TIP evenings, the fast blowing cool winds in hot days. TIP for me is not only the place of learning but also the place for the enjoyments and I avail this opportunity. The time I spend at TIP, I would not forget never ever in life.
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All shuggal and tafree at the TIP Hostel?

In my last four years at TIP, I never saw any day when there was no new story about the hostel, hostel students or hostel life. I could never understand and digest why students specially the day scholars, who have nothing to do with the hostel, are so worried about the hostel. Why they make up stories which have no reality, or comment on any one without any confirmation and solid reasons, I do not understand.

TIP hostel has nothing special about it, except its location 51 km away form the lively city, where after 10 pm no living thing is found except snakes, reptiles and hostel students.
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Our Misfortune Library

Have you seen any library where when you enter, you are scanned from head to toe. And then met with the same treatment on your exit? Is this not shameful for a sensible respectable man to be subject to such treatment?

The TIP library has treasure of textiles and other books, available for students who come after a long journey from the city to the campus to get the required knowledge for their classes, presentations, reports and other projects. When I joined TIP four years ago, I saw a magnificent library. But what I hated the most was the guard at the entrance door who kept his suspected eyes at me until I left. When I was exiting, he once looked at me and then asked me to show my bag for search as if I was a thief stealing a book or trying to remove a book without issuing at the counter. This happened not only with me but also with many of my friends and still happens. By a rough estimate, 5-10 % of the TIP library books have been stolen. These books are meant for the reference use only, or some of them are issued for a certain period for night studies. Some of my friends don’t bother to issue books, and steal them or remove them with out issue. Some of the books are returned after the completion of the course period but most of them are never returned. After every semester our librarian issues warning letters for the lost books as the result of which some of my friends took courage to return them but still lots of books are misplaced from the library. Likewise, happened two semesters ago, when during a production and operations management course (by Mansoor Ali Khan), five original books were stolen. A notice was issued, stating that the results of the course would not be announced until the books are recovered.

After these heavy loses, the TIP management have started to keep photocopy books for student use. The originals are at back of the counter under their watchful eyes. That mean students are not allowed to use those books. They can only access photocopies in which pictures, diagrams, real life snaps or even the text is often not clear. Sometimes the library takes a full semester to get books copied, and when the copies come, the semester has ended or going to end. Now these books are of no use. Next semester, new books are referred and the whole process starts again.

The result of all this discussion is not to discourage the whole student body but we have some black sheep amongst us. We have the responsibility to locate them and at least stop them from theft. We all have a responsibility for this.