Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan (named after: Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan) Government College of Home economics is of historical importance–since; it is the first established college of home economics in Pakistan. In order to improve family and home living for women, Govt. of Pakistan prepared a scheme for the establishment of CHE in Karachi as a part of their six year plan.
With the support of Ford Foundation and APWA, the foundation stone was laid by Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt in 1952. An autonomous governing body, called council of Home Economics with representatives of APWA and Govt. of Pakistan was constituted. This council was formed for the purpose of establishing, running, and managing the college. OklahomaState University coordinated Home Economics Program and continuouslytrained the staff of RLAKCHE abroad till 1971. The College worked as a semi independent public institution under the management of a governing council. Federal government paid the salaries of staff and provided budget for the running of the college.
The first batch of students was admitted in 1955. Masters education started in RLAK CHE Karachi in 1961. The Board of Intermediate Education, Karachi was responsible for examining Intermediate students and University of Karachi for graduate and post graduate students.
RLAK CHE was taken over by the government as part of its nationalization policy for educational institutions in 1972. The provincial government supported the college by constructing new blocks of buildings in 1991 and initiating a renovation scheme in 2005.
The RLAK Government College of Home Economics is the only college of its kind in the province of Sindh catering to the needs of girl students from all over the province for the past half century and more. RLAK-CHE is a professional-level college offering numerous highly specialized and technical courses in five different areas of Home Economics – i.e. Apparel & Textiles, Art & Design, Family & Human Development, Nutrition & Dietetics, Residential Management & Entrepreneurship; – including internships and research projects in the senior-most year of studies that are a compulsory requirement for every student graduating from the college.
A landmark educational institution of Karachi— RLAK Govt. College of Home Economics has a proud history. Soon after Independence, realising the need and importance of investing in the education of young women of the country, the scheme for establishing a college of Home Economics in Karachi was proposed by the Government of Pakistan as part of its first ever six-year Development Plan of Education (1951-1957).
Establishment of RLAK College of Home Economics Karachi started in 1952 with support from the Ford Foundation (USA) and APWA. Ford Foundation provided all the funds for building, books and training of staff while Pakistan Government provided the land. APWA was an active member of the governing council and an administrative liaison between Ford Foundation, Pakistan Government. Oklahoma State University-USA assisted in making of curriculum and syllabi, establishment of the college, and training of teachers in Karachi.
Its name at that time was Domestic Science College. Eleanor Roosevelt installed the foundation stone of the College. The College worked as a semi independent public institution under the management of a governing council. Federal government paid the salaries of staff and provided budget for the running of the college.
The first batch of students was admitted in 1955. Masters education started in CHE Karachi in 1961 and staff were sent off for overseas training till 1971. Control of RLAK CHE was taken over by the government as part of its nationalization policy for educational institutions in 1972.
Buildings and Facilities
RLAK CHE is spread over a sprawling 25 acres (approx.) of land interspersed with various buildings and large areas of vacant land. The physical infrastructure and facilities are on the scale of a university campus rather than a college
The college has:
- six academic blocks;
- a hostel;
- an administrative block;
- a well-stocked library;
- principal’s bungalow; and employee residences.
RLAK, CHE has two well-equipped computer labs with access to internet; a spacious auditorium and multimedia facilities for use in academic and extracurricular activities.
Other physical facilities of the College include student-residence blocks (part of the curriculum requirement for the subject of Residential Management), an audio-visual conference room, seminar halls, badminton hall, cafeteria, bookshop, and a photocopy shop.
- RLAK, CHE has an exemplary discipline. In terms of regularity of classes and punctuality of student and staff the college has unmatched high standards.
- For all the subjects of Home-Economics students get all the required teaching at the college and do not need any private tuition.
- There is an excellent system of documentation of student and staff performance that is a great help in monitoring and maintaining discipline and academic standards.