B.Sc. in Home Science is a 3-year full-time undergraduate program divided across 6 semesters. Home Science is the application of science to bring home and family life in sync with changing surroundings, the program being only open to women. Theoretical projects in each subject and lab practical are a regular feature in the academic life of a Home Science student.
Home Science may be defined as the study required to develop home or family life within a changing society, with the aid of scientific knowledge and methods. The subjects involved in making Home Science an efficient learning tool for better-living are PCB, good hygiene, efficient rural development, well community living, art, better food, clothing, textiles, and proper home management etc.
In current times, Home Science is gaining huge popularity among students owing to its wide application in industries such as food preservation, clothing, textiles and home interior decoration etc. The course is not just restricted to cooking and stitching, and is multidisciplinary in nature, incorporating knowledge of social sciences, physical and biological sciences in addition to the five core areas of Communication and Extension, Human Development, Fabric and Apparel Sciences, Resource Management, and Nutrition and Food.
The course is interdisciplinary in nature, in that enrolled students are required to learn the basics of Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology as part of the curriculum. A balance between scientific approach and practicality is maintained. The course focus on betterment of family and community, and candidates are taught subjects such as Nutrition and Dietetics, Child Development, Rural Community Extension, and Interior Decoration as part of the course.
The average annual course fee in India ranges between INR 3,000 and 2 lacs, depending upon the institute offering the course. The average annual salary offered in India to successful postgraduates of the course ranges between INR 3 and 10 lacs, depending upon the candidate’s expertise in the field.
Given below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Under Graduate|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Admission Process||Counselling after qualification of entrance examination|
|Course Fee||INR 3,000 to 2,00,000|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 3 to 10 lacs|
Home science is the science of managing the home, and includes all matters that concern the house, the family members, and their resources. This is the science of ‘better living’ and the core of the specialization is the family ecosystem. The program also deals with reciprocal relations between the family and its natural and man-made environments.
The training aims at preparing candidates for procuring maximum satisfaction for the themselves and their family members through an efficient and scientific use of available resources. Candidates are imparted advanced knowledge of the scientific procedures involved in making a home happy. The course integrates the application of various Sciences and Humanities to improve human environment, management of resources, family nutrition, and child development.
Some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by the respective colleges are listed below.
|NAME OF INSTITUTE||CITY||AVERAGE FEES|
|Lovely Professional University||Chandigarh||INR 1,95,000|
|BFIT Group of Institutions||Dehradun||INR 96,840|
|Lovely Professional University||Jalandhar||INR 1,95,000|
|Integral University||Lucknow||INR 1,60,000|
|Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University||Amethi||INR 9,000|
|Rajshree Institute of Management and Technology||Bareilly||INR 16,500|
|Vidyavati Mukundlal Girls College||Ghaziabad||INR 50,350|
|Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University||Uttarkhand||INR 3,750|
|NIMS School of Humanities and Social Science||Jaipur||INR 32,000|
|Future Institute of Management Studies||Bareilly||INR 19,400|
|Ginni Devi Modi Girls P.G. College||Ghaziabad||INR 17,500|
|Magadh University||Gaya||INR 13,000|
|Periyar University||Salem||INR 24,565|
|Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gorakhpur University||Gorakhpur||INR 41,100|
|Aligarh Muslim University||Aligarh||INR 23,205|
Listed here are the minimum criteria of eligibility needed to be fulfilled for admission to the course.
Most institutes shortlist students for the course on the basis of their performance in a relevant entrance test. Some institutes conduct their own entrance tests for offering admission. Admission process may vary from college to college.
Often, a round of Personal Interview is also conducted for assessment of the candidate’s aptitude, in cases of some institutes.
Some institutes in the country also offer admission on the basis of the candidate’s obtained merit at the 10+2 level.
A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.
|Resource management practical|
|Fashion studies practical|
|Fundamentals of nutrition|
|Fundamentals of nutrition practical|
|Life span development I|
|Life span development I practical|
|Fundamentals of textiles|
|Fundamentals of textiles practical|
|Physical sciences practical|
|Life span development II|
|Life span development II practical|
|Nutrition for the family|
|Nutrition for the family practical|
|Life sciences practical|
|Personal finance consumer science|
|Personal finance consumer science practical|
|Communication system social change|
|Communication system social change practical|
|DSE 1A- practical|
|DSE 1B- practical|
Home Science opens doors for job opportunities for successful graduates in fields such as schools and colleges, welfare organizations, hospitals, apparel merchandising, fashion journalism, restaurants, service sectors, cafeterias and counselling.
Researches are hired as Food Scientists, Demonstrators, Nutrition Consultants, and Research Assistants. Sales promotion companies involved in baby foods, foodstuffs and adult food products also employ Home Science graduates, as do manufacturing companies.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such graduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|JOB POSITION||JOB DESCRIPTION||AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY IN INR|
|Food Analyst||They examine food samples, food service records, and other data to determine sales appeal and costs of preparing and serving meals and beverages in establishments such as restaurants, cafeterias, etc. and taste food samples to determine palatability and customer appeal.||INR 4,49,000|
|Chef/Cook||They chop vegetables, prepare meals for cooking, and weigh and measure ingredients. Cooks are responsible primarily for cooking food along with the Sous Chefs who are the Head Chef's second-in-command. These chefs cook, help out the Head Chef whenever needed, and stand in for the Head Chef during events of absence.||INR 9,64,000|
|Health Care Worker||Healthcare Workers are often responsible for the health of members of communities which may not be cared for by traditional medical institutions. They often include the uninsured, migrant workers, and immigrants. They serve people of all different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. Health Workers may be responsible for ensuring that culturally diverse populations and underserved communities receive proper medical attention.||INR 5,45,000|
|Nutrition Expert||Nutritionists provide customized information for specific individuals. A Dietician or Nutritionist might advise a client with high blood pressure to use less salt when preparing meals. They work with groups of people who have similar needs. They design diet plans with limited fat and sugar to help patients lose weight. They work with other healthcare professionals to coordinate patient care.||INR 6,40,000|
|Research Assistant||Research Assistants are mostly found in the social science or laboratory setting. Research Assistants are often undergraduates looking to get credit for assisting professors in their research, and perform experiments under their supervision. Some Research Assistants might work for novel writers, reporters and other professionals that might need someone to track down information.||INR 3,36,000|