Stalls of women’s dresses and shoes, embroidered items and food were set up at a day-long exhibition of works of home economics students at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, on Thursday.
In addition, a beauty saloon was also set up where students displayed their hair cutting, styling and make-up skills.
The exhibition was inaugurated by UAF Vice Chancellor Prof Iqrar Ahmad Khan.
Madiha Kanwal, a master’s degree student, was one of students who displayed bridal dresses they had designed as part of their masters’ theses.
Kanwal said she had displayed more than 80 dresses, all carrying unique designs. “I hope to target clients who value quality over cost in buying wedding dresses,” she said.
She said she had been helped by her teacher, Miss Nargis, in finalising the designs.
Shoe stalls remained the most popular among the women students at the exhibition.
Irum Shafiq, who had set up one of the stalls, said there were over 500 varieties of women’s shoes and 300 of men’s shoes at her stall.
Speaking to the media, the UAF vice chancellor said the university was seeing a rise in enrolment of female students every year.
He said besides four bachelors’ degree programmes in home economics, the university had also started a four-year honours programme in human nutrition and dietetics.
He said such exhibitions were important in highlighting the talent and skills of students.
He said the participants of the workshop would soon be graduating from the university and wished them good luck in their professional careers.
The UAF vice chancellor urged the students and the Home Economics Department to consider exhibiting their works at the Faisalabad Arts Council and the Pakistan National Council of Arts in Islamabad.
The latter, he said, would provide foreign diplomats in the capital a chance to witness the talent and skills of the students.
He said the UAF’s Institute of Rural Home Economics was unique in the province due to its affiliation with the National Institute of Food Sciences and Technology and the Department of Fibre and Textile Technology.
A workshop, a dietary consultation camp and a personality assessment were also featured on Thursday.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 22nd, 2012.