Rho Delta Chapter

The Rho Delta Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) began its journey with the Aga Khan University’s School of Nursing (AKU-SONAM) in 1994 as an Honor Society under the leadership of the first president of the chapter, Dr Rafat Jan. 

After the strategic plan and direction for the society were formulated and presented, Dr Shams Kasam Lakha, the then president of the Aga Khan University, shared his consent on the Society’s vision in 1996. Immediately after the approval, its Induction Ceremony was held and Dr Naeema Al-Gasser from Bahrain, a graduate of Illinois University and the member of the STTI, honored the ceremony as the chief guest where she viewed this initiative as the first of its kind in the Muslim world.

In 1999, after the Honor Society’s request to STTI headquarters on upgrading its status as a chapter, rigorous assessment on the quality and impact of the initiative was undertaken by the STTI committee. Formed on July 1, 2000, and chartered on September 9, 2000, the School’s Honor Society became the 410th chapter of STTI and its first chapter in Pakistan.

Formally named the Rho Delta Chapter by the installing officer STTI and Dean and Professor, College of Nursing University of IOWA, Dr Melanie C. Dreher, the Chapter inducted about 131 members into this scholarly organization. Nursing leaders including Clara Pasha, the then Nursing Advisor for the Government of Pakistan; Faiz Alamzaib, the then Vice President, Pakistan Nursing Council (PNC), Illimiya Mughal, the then President of Pakistan Nursing Federation (PNF); Dr Yasmin Amarsi, the then Associate Dean, AKU-SONAM and Dr Rafat Jan were among the first inductees.


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Apply for Rho Delta Chapter Fund

The Rho Delta Chapter members can apply for funding in order to attend conferences, workshops or other relevant activities. 

Eligibility Criteria

Before applying for funding, please ensure that you meet the below criteria:

  • Minimum of two years' membership with the Chapter
  • Active participation in the Chapter's initiatives for at least one year
  • Clear mention of benefits for the Chapter from the conference/workshop/other activity that you wish to attend
  • Elaborate on the efforts made to get a grant from other sources
  • Commitment to renewing the Chapter's membership for the next two years
If you meet the above criteria, you are requested to send in your applications to rho.delta@aku.edu. Please note that the approval for funding is based on a thorough review of the submitted applications by the Board.