The conventionally popular courses of English, Mathematics, Economics, Chemistry, Biology, Botany, Fashion Technology, Political Science, BCom, etc. have ruled the charts in many universities, especially at University of Delhi.
Admissions in DU are a rat race which the students surely wish to run, yet they sometimes fail to realise that the race can also begin from where they stand. For instance, students of class 12 who studied under the science stream can make sure they have a lead in the rat race by choosing to study the BSc Home Science (Hons) and Pass course in University of Delhi.
When an uninformed prospective student of this course hears its name, what comes to mind is a homely curriculum that teaches lessons on being a good ‘homemaker’ with women mostly, opting for it. However, this is not the case. Offered in Lady Irwin College and the Institute of Home Economics, this course is everything one does not expect it to be.
Offering knowledge of social sciences, biological, and physical sciences with areas namely Development Communication and Extension, Food and Nutrition, Fabric and Apparel Science, Human Development and Resource Management, this course is truly multidisciplinary opening up a vast spectrum for students to explore in their post graduation.
Within the first year of admission, students are exposed to all five areas and are helped to develop an interest in a particular field of their own choice. Subsequently, students can choose an area of specialisation on the basis of their merit as well as interest.
This course provides the student with a number of diverse options after graduation, some of which are courses in Mass Communication, Social Work, Home Science, Human Resource Management, and Developmental Studies and Nutrition.
As per Garima, a student of BSc Home Science (Hons) at the Institute of Home Economics, this course has allowed her to explore many more academic options than before. She says, “At first, I wasn’t decisive about the course, but since I wished for DU to be my alma mater, I went ahead with any subject under BSc but as the year passed by, not for a moment did I regret my decision, as it allows me to explore all walks of life, and helped me to decide what I want to be.”
Now pursuing her specialisation in Development Communication & Extension, she says, “This course has taught me how to deal with everyday life and everyday people. I know how to talk and with what regard to which person, I know it because that’s what I’ve been taught. Providing a huge skyline to paint my rainbow in, this course has a huge scope of knowledge and employment for all aspirants.”
This course trains a student with a variety of applicable skills, allowing the student to carve out whatever niche they wish to. Instead of limiting, it actually lets a student expand their horizons and explore a plethora of postgraduate options.
Hence, from being a ‘home’ oriented course to a highly specialised professional course, BSc Home Science has come a long way. If you’re in class 12, and still confused, this might just be the right thing for you.