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.
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.