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Apart from a Bachelor’s in home science, this college also offers programmes in biochemistry and microbiology

education Updated: Nov 18, 2009 09:30 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi

Nestled amid sprawling bungalows in the swank Hauz Khas Enclave, the 48-year-old Institute of Home Economics is not as well known as other DU-affiliated colleges, but it has its strong points.

The reason for its lack of renown is the limited number of programmes it offers — just five at the undergraduate level — and its location, far from South Campus.

Students here, however, are convinced they have made the right choice. “The teachers are always here to help us,” says Smriti Tandon, third-year student of BSc home science (pass).

USP: It is only one among two Delhi University colleges offering all five specialisations in home science at the undergraduate level.

Programmes: BSc home science (pass); BSc home science (hons) with majors in food and nutrition, human development, fabric and apparel designing, resource management, and communication & extension; BSc (microbiology/ biochemistry); Bachelor of elementary education; MSc in food and nutrition or fabric and apparel science; PG diploma in dietetics and public health nutrition and PhD in home science.

Extra-curricular activities: The much-awaited annual cultural fest, Melange, takes place on December 21-24 this year. Apart from the dance, music and plays, the highlight will be the fashion show, Flames, featuring the students’ creations. The college is a member of SPICMACAY and has an active NSS wing.

Infrastructure: The library has 22,000 resource journals and books. The computer labs have about 40 sets with the latest software. An air-conditioned conference room hosts seminars / workshops.

Found on campus: “Though it’s a small college, we get all the facilities from hi-tech labs to a good library,” says Rupa Thakur, a third-year student of BSc home science.

“Our college should get the attention it deserves. This will happen if it offers a few more programmes,” says Prachi Mahana, final-year student of BSc home science (pass)

The college was set up in 1961 and offered a two-year diploma in home science, followed by a one-year course in teacher’s training. It got affiliated to DU in 1969 and started its first degree programme BSc (home science) with 80 students in the same year. Eighteen years later, its first postgraduate programme (MSc home science in textiles and clothing) began. The college shifted to its Hauz Khas campus in 2001. Two years ago, it started the BSc (biochemistry) programme