Home Science students will not have to lose marks if they include it in best of four for admission to Delhi University this year.
The university has decided that Home Science will be treated as an academic/elective subject for all courses and not as a vocational subject.
A certain percentage of marks used to be deducted, if the applicant included the subject under the best of four marks since it was considered a vocational subject.
Sources said the CBSE had made a representation to the university on the issue and teachers from a few colleges had requested that the subject should be treated on par with other courses.
Delhi University offers honours degree in Home Science and also at pass course level at Lady Irwin College, Institute of Home Economics and Bhagini Nivedita College.
The teachers of the subject described the decision as a move in the right direction. Home Science is offered as an academic subject for Class 11 and 12 in most schools and in some schools it is also offered in Class 9 and 10.
“The deduction of marks used to be a big deterrent for the students to take up the subject. Now with this move the status of students taking this course will improve,” said Annu Arora, who teaches Home Science at Springdales School, Pusa Road.
Arora said at class 11 and 12 level, home science is opted by students who want to get into either medical or engineering.
“The students who want to get into medical normally drop maths and take home science as they find it an easier subject and for those who want to do engineering, they drop biology to opt for it,” said Arora.
Shefali Arya, another Home Science teacher at DAV Pushpanjali Enclave, Pitampura, said the subject has to be on par with Geography and Psychology.
“Home Science is a life science and has 70 theory and 30 practical marks, like in the case of Geography. So, why should it be treated as vocational subject,” asked Arya.
She also said that this move will help deconstruct the notion that Home Science is only about cooking. However, students will have to score 50 per cent aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Biotechnology to be eligible for admission to Home Science honours.
But Lady Irwin College, which has a full department of Home Science, is now considering admission to students in the honours course if they have Biology along with it.
Delhi University is expected to announce its admission guidelines today.