As many as three hundred graduates were awarded B. Sc and M. Sc Home Economics Degree in the 17th Convocation of the College of Home Economics held at the University of Peshawar. Special Assistant to the Chief Minister on Higher Education and information and Pro Chancellor UoP was the chief guest of the day. He conferred degrees and medals on the students. The chief guest was accompanied by Vice Chancellor UoP Prof. Dr. Muhammad Rasul Jan, Secretary Higher Education Fahim Wazir, Dean Faculty of Management and Information Sciences Prof. Dr. Bushra Hamid and Principal College of Home Economics Prof. Dr. Syeda Kaniz Fatima Haider.
For her outstanding achievement in B. Sc Home Economics Ms. Tehiyat Fatima was awarded Gold Medal for the year 2013. Ms. Laloona Jalwa and Ms. Aisha were conferred Gold Medals for achieving top position in the years 2014 and 2015 respectively. In the M. Sc Home Economics Category, Ms Sidra, Nayaz Noor and Ms. Gulsanga were bestowed Gold Medals for standing out in the years 2012, 2012 and 2014.
Addressing the Convocation ceremony Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani said that education especially that of the female folks were his government first priority. He added that for the purpose more women Universities have been inducted in the province whereas special emphasis was on the setting up of female colleges in order to make higher education accessible to the women of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The chief guest opined that educating a female was like educating a community and community colleges like the College of Home Economics can pave the way for development of entrepreneurship and small and medium enterprises.
Commending the faculty of College of Home Economics he said that the college has got seasoned professionals and was one of the best colleges in Pakistan, devoted to the study of Home Economics and enabling the female students to meet the challenges of a free society.
The Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Rasul Jan in his address said that the college was offering best home economics education for the last fifty four years. He added that the institution equips young women with the specialized knowledge in the field of interior design, textile design, small business management, teaching, and research.
Dr. Jan said that the University of Peshawar has opened new disciplines as per demand of the job market and in the recent years the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, Department of Regional Studies have been made operational. He added that from the ongoing academic year admissions in the Department of Criminology and Forensic Sciences have started which would lead to production of skilled graduate of the field.
The Vice Chancellor on the occasion also announced the establishment of department of parliamentary studies in varsity which would provide hands on training to the legislators and politicians.
Earlier the principal College of Home Economic in her performance report elaborated that Home Economics education offers degree in five separate disciplines with special emphasis on entrepreneurship development. She added that the college has 1500 students 80 faculty members and is offering PhD degree programme as well.