“Many vistas open up for Home
Science graduates. They can be dieticians in hospitals, scientists in research
institutions, teachers in universities, nutrition experts in international
organizations and more.”
Thought science has become an
integral part of human life, people still relate to it in the shape of
advancement made in the communication technology or human genomes. They tend to
forget the first few words that define the word science in Oxford
dictionary – a branch of knowledge. The general impression is anything without
Physics, Chemistry or Biology is not science and there are no career beyond
engineers and doctors. B.Sc (Home Science) is one course that opens up a number
of vistas on completion of the course.
But lack of awareness has led to
the feeling that the course caters only for cooking, stitching and home making.
It is a holistic course aimed at all-round development of women. The course is
offered by several colleges in the state including the Acharya N.G.Ranga
Agricultural University (ANGRAU) that offers right from certificate course to
Ph.D in the subject.
The course structure is designed by the Home
Science Association of India no collaboration with University Grants
Commission. Apart from having general subjects like languages the course
broadly concentrates on three core areas: Human development, food and dietetics
and resource management. Further each core subject covers a variety of
sub-topics under its domain. Like human development covers topics like
psychology, physiology, pre and post-natal development and child welfare, food
and nutrition cover subjects like food science, biochemistry, dietetics and
food service management. And resource management opens up a wide spectrum of
topics like textile science, apparel design, extension education, research and
methodology, computer application, resource management, family economics,
interior designing and microbiology. Each theory subject is well supported with
practical orientation and elective project work.
Gone are the days when a Home
Science student was looked upon as a good cook. Today he or she has a world
full of options.
Unlike a student with
B.Sc.Physics or Computers whose options are limited, a Home Science graduate could
try his or her luck in a number of industries like fashion technology, food
industry, hospitality industry, NGOs and education sector. Many students got
placed in the projects like ICDS and Velugu.
The sky is the limit for Home Science graduates.
They can choose from careers in Foods & Nutrition, Human Development,
family studies, Resource Management, Consumer Sciences and Apparel &
Textiles, Graduates can take up jobs as dieticians in hospitals Diet
consultants / counselors in lifestyle clinics, freelance dieticians food
demonstrators, scientists in research institutions, teaching faculty in
universities, project leaders in developmental projects, nutrition experts in
international oranisations, consultants for child development programmes,
programme officers for child welfare schemes, production managers in apparel
industries, quality control inspections, CAD professionals, interior designers
and colour consultants.
A degree in Home Science also
opens up vistas for self-employment. One could start their on school, crèche,
interior design an fashion boutiques or even set up an
event management firm. For further studies, the doors are open till Ph.D. apart
from attempting all competitive examination like CAT, GMAT, IAS or NIFT.
of Home Science at Hyderabad
a part of the ANGRAU
has excellent facilities to support the courses. It is well
equipped with laboratories, library, student advisory system, gym centre,
hostel, primary health centre and student placement
cell while practical exposure is given through field trips and educational
tours. The college guides students is graining
fellowship & scholarships.
Here is a list of colleges that
offer both degree and post graduate courses.
Andhra Pradesh Agricultural
only for women), Visakhapatnam
Sri Satya Sai
Institute of Higher Learning for Women, Anantapur.
Avinashi Lingam University, Coimbatore.
for Women, Guntur.