Senate passes Pakistan Institute of Fashion, Design Bill 2010 unanimously

ISLAMABAD: The Upper House of the Parliament on Wednesday unanimously passed Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design Bill 2010 without any amendments.Leader of the House Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari moved the bill in the House to provide for reconstitution of the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design Lahore (The Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design Bill 2010) on behalf of Minister for Commerce Makhdoom Muhammad Amin Fahim.The statement of objects and reasons of the billed stated that this bill is to establish a federal high quality national degree awarding institute of fashion and design (Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design).

There are many professional institutes in Pakistan in other disciplines such as medicines,engineering,agriculture, management studies, education and information technologies, but Pakistan has a dearth of reputable and recognized fashion training institute.This degree awarding institute will fill the need of market in term of fashion education. The main campus of the institute will be in Lahore with its campuses planned in Karachi and Islamabad.The proposed institute will offer an advanced curriculum in accordance with the needs of Pakistan’s and world’s textile and fashion sector. Since textile is one of the largest sectors of Pakistan’s economy, the institute will fulfil present market demand for trained fashion designers and merchandiser in domestic and international markets.

It will also help the textile export sector in its effort for branding and producing high quality fashion apparel.The unique federal and diverse character of the PIFD will provide quality human resource to the textile sector of Pakistan.The bill was laid in the National Assembly and passed on November 4,2010.Meanwhile, reports of standing committees including Finance, Revenue, Planning and Development, Economic Affairs and Statistic, States and Frontier Regions and Foreign Affairs, Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan were also presented in the House.Later the House was adjourned to meet again on Thursday at 10.30 am.APP