From being a course that students would do just to pass time and get a degree, Home Science has come a long way to become a subject that is as viable a career option as any other professional course offered by the university.
In the first two semesters, students are taught basic papers in sociology, psychology, food and nutrition and fabric and apparel science.
In the next two semesters, the course gets a little tougher with papers in physics, chemistry, biology and economics being taught.
Specialisations in nutrition, diet, fabrics, human development, communication and management are introduced in the last two semesters.
“Contrary to popular belief, we do much more than cooking and look at aspects other than nutrition as well. Home Science, in fact is a course that gives you a chance to dabble in all aspects life,” said Preetika Mehta, a third year student at Lady Irwin College.
“We study psychology, fabric science and design, nutrition, food science and diet therapy along with courses in communication and management. It gives us a chance to explore various streams at the post graduate level,” she added.
"Home Science as a field in education has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a domestic skill-oriented course offering inputs in housekeeping, home decoration, cookery, child rearing, stitching, etc. Today, with growing concern for lifestyle, health and nutrition, the importance of home science courses is also increasing,” said Yuki Azaad, who teaches at the Institute of Home Economics.
“The students can opt for a Master’s degree in home science, social work, human resource management or entrepreneurship development, dietetics, fashion designing and counselling. Those who want to teach can opt for B.Ed. Graduates could try their luck in a number of industries like fashion technology, food industry, media, hospitality industry, NGOs and education sector,” he added.