Islamabad - Some 78 graduates were awarded degrees in the 1st convocation of Federal Government College of Home Economics and Management Sciences, F-7/2, held yesterday.

The convocation coincided with the celebrations of International Women’s Day. Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhary, State Minister for Capital Administration & Development Division (CADD), was the chief guest on the occasion.

The minister conferred degrees on 69 graduates and 9 postgraduates while thirty-one graduates received the role of honour for their outstanding performance in BS honours and MSc home economics, textile and clothing. Students also received prizes on their achievements in academic and co-curricular activities.

This was the last group of students affiliated with Punjab University who received degrees today. Due to the devolution of education to the province, the ICT institutions have been affiliated with Quaid-i-Azam University for undergraduate and graduate level of its degree programme.

Principal Professor Samar Zaffar shared the history of the college with the audience. She said the College of Home Economics was functioning in the premises of Islamabad Model Postgraduate College for Girls, F-7/2. Initially, a department of home economics was started in F-7/2 college but later the faculty upgraded to college in July 1989 by ministry of education. The new building of the college is under construction. Whenever it is completed, the college will shift to its own premises in F-11.

She further said, “The independent college will serve as pivotal point for other co-related professional courses for women. Home economics is an integrated, interdisciplinary professional scheme of studies. It includes subject matter pertaining to the application of the natural social sciences, art and aesthetics to the problems growing out of the home and their interrelations with individuals, families and professional careers.”

Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhary speaking on the occasion said, “I have faith in your abilities and the grooming and guidance of your teachers. You are our future, nation depends on you, whether you professionally utilise your degree or not your commitment and dedication as homemaker is commendable. Because womanhood is a full circle; within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.”

“You have examples of successful women, you can make them your role model like Sharmin Obaid who has bagged two Oscar Awards for Pakistan,” he said. He also announced to inaugurate the new building of College of Home Economics soon to facilitate the students. “We are working very hard for the completion of the project of the College of Home Economics and it will be completed soon.”

The minister also assured the staff of the college to resolve the issues of shortage of teaching staff and inadequate transportation facility. The minister also visited the exhibition by the students of the college displaying different stalls carrying innovative items.