Home Science is not just about cooking and stitching

Home Science is not just about cooking and stitching

In the race for admission to Delhi University undergraduate courses, some students are treading the path less trodden by aiming for BSc Home Science, which is offered only by four institutions.

This undergraduate science course is unique as it is open to even those class 12 students who are from humanities and commerce streams, a switch not allowed in any other BSc course.

Away from the hustle bustle of the North and South Campuses, the four colleges offering the home science course are getting a steady flow of queries and applications. 

Sarita Anand, associate professor at Lady Irwin College, dispelled doubts about it being a less-known course.

“There is a huge demand for the course. Last year, we received 80,000 forms for Bachelors in Home Science,” she said. 

“The scope of the course in a country like India is tremendous. Our past students are heading health organisations like AIIMS, Apollo and working with NGOs and UN organisations,” Anand said.

Parul Vaid, an alumna from the Institute of Home Economics, agreed.

“It’s not easy to get into the course, there is tough competition,” she said. 

The course is offered at the undergraduate level at Lady Irwin College, Institute of Home Economics, Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Bawana, and Bhagini Nivedita College, Najafgarh.

The five key areas of the course are Development Communication and Extension, Fabric and Apparel science, Food and Nutrition, Human Development and Resource Management.

Students seeking admissions in Home Science need to specialise in any one of the above mentioned courses.

“The course is interesting. From textiles to food and nutrition to communication and management, the course exposes one to all the fields,” said Parul.

Riya, an admission seeker at Lady Irwin College, disagreed that Home
Science was considered a course ideal for those looking to settle down as a homemaker.

“The course is well beyond learning how to cook or stitch,” she said.

Yuki Azaad Tomar, associate professor at the Institute of Home Economics, said, “The course is a combination of science and arts. We look at home in a larger perspective. We take care of the society and individual at large.” 

The cut-off for the course in different colleges varies between 75 and 93 per cent, as per information provided by colleges.

Applicants said the course offered great flexibility, giving them a chance to study from diet plans to making business plans and even making documentary films.

“I want to go in the development sector as money alone cannot solve all the problems. We need individuals with more human and social bent of mind to solve problems hampering human or women empowerment,” said Megha Kalia, an admission seeker at Lady Irwin College.

Charu Gupta, professor at Institute of Home Economics, said that students specialising in fabric science have an edge over other fashion institute students as they not only learn to design but also understand the science of fabric designing and a lot more.

The course prepares students both for the industry as well as starting their own ventures, Gupta said.