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Home and science: Beating the degree stereotype

Home Science is not about cooking or knitting. The graduates from this discipline are not just in demand, they are even preferred over regular graduates in several industries.

education Updated: Jun 23, 2009 02:22 IST
Tanya Ashreena

Home Science is not about cooking or knitting. The graduates from this discipline are not just in demand, they are even preferred over regular graduates in several industries.

“A course in Home Science opens up several avenues in the health sector, media, textile industry, NGOs and teaching,” said Anupa Siddhu, principal, Lady Hardinge College. “Rather than a course to train homemakers, the course is a purely academic science course.”

The B.Sc Home Science honours degree in Lady Irwin College covers a range of courses from academic courses in sociology, psychology and English to professional courses in food and nutrition, resource management, human development, fabric and apparel science and communication and extension.

In their second and third years, students are asked to specialise in two professional courses.

“Due to the nature of the home science course, several companies prefer our graduates over the traditional graduates. Besides several multinational companies, our graduates end also up working as counsellors, dieticians and teachers. They are preferred in NGOs and teaching jobs as they understand human psyche,” Siddhu said.

After graduation, a student can apply for M.Sc courses in Food & Nutrition, Human Development and Childhood Studies, Fabric and Apparel Science, Development Communication and Extension, etc.