Situated in a quiet corner of Hauz Khas, the Institute of Home Economics (IHE) has a deceptively quiet façade. A peek inside and one finds the institute alive with its students buzzing around the campus. Girls chatting in the foyer, mannequins sporting fancy costumes and students going about their business greet you as you enter. For a ‘traditional’ home science college, it shocks and surprises you with its touch-screen elevators, well-stocked modern labs and an awe-inspiring audio-visual room.
Recently the college celebrated its golden jubilee, commemorating it with a series of events, the highlight of which was a lecture by former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. The session was so powerful that students still haven’t stopped talking about it. “The session left an indelible mark on all of us. I have never heard any speech as motivating and encouraging as that. It really made me believe that I can make a difference and I have the potential to realise my dreams,” says Karuna Banwal, a second-year student.
USP: IHE is one of the only two colleges in the University of Delhi that offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes in home science. It is also the only college in the varsity to offer a postgraduate diploma in health and social gerontology (the study of psychological and biological aspects of ageing).
Faculty: The college has close to 56 faculty members and 70 non-teaching staff.
Programmes: “The college is in expansion mode at the moment. We would like to bring in more professional courses that can complement the courses we are running already,” says Dr Kumud Khanna, director, IHE. At present, the college offers BSc home science (general), BSc home science (hons), BSc microbiology (hons), BSc biochemistry (hons), B.El.Ed, MSc home science (food and nutrition), MSc home science (fabric and apparel science), postgraduate diploma in health, postgraduate diploma in dietetics and public health nutrition, and social gerontology and doctoral programmes.
Infrastructure: The college has a well-equipped, computerised library that houses close to 25,000 books, journals, magazines, and periodicals in varied disciplines. The college also has a modern computer lab where students can access online journals. There is also a photocopy service available to students right outside the library. The college also has good laboratories where students can carry out their practicals. It has also has a stationary shop inside the campus which is a big hit with students.
IT quotient: The college provides its students an online-multidomain-value card that helps them mark their attendance, track their internal assessments and keep a tab on other essential administrative work. Besides that, the campus is Wi-Fi enabled and has three up-to-date computer labs that have around 90 computers. The website of the college is also pretty detailed and offers information about student life, programmes etc.
Studentspeak: “I just love the course. It is so reassuring to know that I’d be better placed than most of my counterparts studying BBA or BCom. That’s the beauty of this course. Since it is interdisciplinary in nature, we have various options to choose the correct calling for ourselves,” says Harmeet Kaur Sachdeva, a second-year BSc home science (general) student.
The college infrastructure needs improvement. The library, auditorium and the cafeteria all need a facelift,” said a student who did not wish to be identified
Dr S Malhan, the founder director of the Institute of Home Economics started the institute in 1961 to satisfy the growing urge of contemporary woman for wider educational and professional avenues. The institute became a constituent college of the University of Delhi in 1969. Though it was started as a home science college, it has expanded its horizons and offers a three-year undergraduate course in microbiology as well as a four-year integrated course in elementary education. From the current academic year, the college is also offering a three-year BSc (Hons) course in biochemistry