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Home Science

What is Home Science?

Home science includes several aspects of human life, human communities, and family life: 

  • As the name indicates it is a science that concerns the home, its members, the health of members, etc.

  • It involves various sciences as well as humanities subjects to benefit the environment of a home.

  • These include Child health, Resource management, Family nutrition, etc

What does a Home Science graduate do?

The essential functions of a Home Science graduate are to:

  • Manage the resources of the family

  • Suggest better healthcare for the members especially the children

  • Ensure a proper and healthy atmosphere at home and around

  • Impart education and awareness of the environment to the members

  • Ensure proper nutrition to the targeted people

Where can one study Home Science?

The reputed colleges for doing UG in Home Science in India are:

  • Banaras Hindu University, BHU, Varanasi

  • Aligarh Muslin University, AMU, Aligarh

  • Calcutta University, Kolkata

  • Uttarakhand Open University, UOU, Haldwani

  • Jaipur National University, JNU, Jaipur

  • Institute of Home Economics

The popular institutions where one can study are:

  • Bundelkhand University, UP

  • Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), Hyderabad

  • Shivaji University, Kolhapur

  • Integral University - IUL, Lucknow

  • Chaudhary Charan Singh University (CCSU), Meerut

What kinds of skills are required for pursuing UG in Home Science?

Apart from having passed the 10+2 (Board exams), the candidate should have:

  • An understanding of the applications of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, etc

  • A knack for handling resources – some being scarce and costly

  • An attitude for improving the present lifestyle

What are the major subjects taught in Home Science at the UG level?

Amongst the many subjects taught at UG level, the following are included:

  • English communication

  • Environment Science

  • Resource management

  • Fashion studies

  • Applied Chemistry

  • Nutrition and food science

  • Sociology

What are the top job opportunities for a UG in Home Science?

 A graduate in Home Science can be employed in many sectors like the following ones: 

  • Hotels as a Chief Chef

  • Health Educator

  • Fashion Houses

  • Social work

  • Dietetics

  • Food industry

  • Teaching

  • Hospitals or health Industry as a Dietitian/Nutrition

What is the expected salary in this field?

  • The average salary in this field is Rs 306,000/yr

  • Salary in Government institutes/hospitals would be as per the Government Payscale.

Who are the top recruiters in this field?

  • Elico Healthcare Services Ltd

  • Indegene LifeSystems

  • Accenture

  • Cactus Communications

  • Aon Hewitt

  • BCS-Insilico Biology

  • Government Health centres/hospitals

  • Institutes/Colleges

  • Government/Private Hospitals

What are some good books on home science? 

Following are some good books on home science: 

  • Home Science by Sharda Gupta

  • Text Book by Home Science Extension Education by Santosh Ahlawat and Serene Shekhar 

  • The teaching of Home Science by Priya Bhargav 

  • Food Hygiene and Sanitation by S. Roday

  • Home Management for Indian Families by M.K. Mann

  • Comprehensive Home Science by Anju Chauhan

Interesting facts 

1 in 4 children dies due to poor environment and lack of knowledge of their families regarding sanitation and hygiene matters. Every year, more than 1.7 million children under the age of 5 years die worldwide just due to unhealthy conditions where they live.