History
 


History

The Rho Delta Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) began its journey in 1994 as an Honor Society under the leadership of the first President of the Chapter, Dr. Rafat Jan. Her idea of bridging nursing studies with research was then supported by the Former president of STTI Dr. Lucie Kelly; the former vice president of STTI Dr. Sarah Gueldner; faculty at Medical University of South Carolina Dr. Marie Lobo and a now Professor at the University of Kansas School of Nursing Dr. Carol  Smith.

The Honor Society got its approval from the former president of the Aga Khan University (AKU) Dr. Shams Kasam Lakha in 1996 after which the first steering committee was set up for the execution of all the plans which were until then in their formative phase. In September 1996, the Chapter was privileged to call upon the first Induction Ceremony of the Honor Society where Dr. Naeema Al-Gasser from Bahrain, a graduate of Illinois University & the member of the STTI honored the ceremony as the chief guest. She appreciated the team spirit behind establishment of the Chapter while mentioning that the Honor society at AKU would be the first of its kind in the Muslim World.

In 1999, the Honor Society of the Aga Khan University- School of Nursing And Midwifery (AKU-SONAM) requested the headquarters of STTI in Indianapolis, the United States of America for upgrading its status as a chapter. In return, the Honor society underwent rigorous evaluation of AKUSONAM academic activities, extra-curricular plans and participation of the member of Honor Society. Finally on September 9th 2000, AKUSONAM-Honor Society received its charter to be the first chapter of STTI in Pakistan.

At the charter ceremony, the honor society was formally named the "Rho Delta Chapter" by the installing officer nominated by STTI, Dr. Melanie C. Dreher, Dean & professor, College of Nursing, University of IOWA. In her introductory remarks she explained that "STTI encourages & sponsors research, promotes the development of nursing leadership & supports the development of nursing scholars". A great sense of pride & honor pervaded through the auditorium as 131 members got inducted into this scholarly organisation. Many nursing leaders such as Clara Pasha, Nursing Advisor Government of Pakistan, Faiz Alamzaib, vice President, Pakistan Nursing Council, Illimiya Mughal, President of Pakistan Nursing Federation, Dr. Yasmin Amarsi, Associate Dean, AKU-SON, Rafat Jan, President Rho Delta Chapter & other national nurses were amongst the first inductees.