If you want to have a diverse variety of subjects as part of your under-graduation course, then College of Home Science is the right place for youMaryam Sultana firstname.lastname@example.org
Located in the Secretariat, the Home Sciences College has a charm of its own. Home Science, has come to be known as a subject synonymous with cooking and stitching, but in reality it isn’t so. Affiliated to Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University this college offers a plethora of subjects, which include Nutrition, Psychology, Textiles, Fashion Designing and Interior Designing.
Despite being rated among the best colleges in India for under-graduate courses in Home Science, this college is not well-known enough. “Our college is not that popular in the city, more so because Home Science as a subject isn’t able to attract many students when compared to other streams. But thankfully, enhancement of the course is bringing this college to the attention of many people,” says Kruti, a second-year student of this college.
The college offers under-graduation, PG and PhD courses. Its UG course is spread over four years, divided in eight semesters. Zaina Hazari, a second-year student says, “Initially I was hesitant in taking up this course, but after I joined this college, I just fell in love with Home Sciences. Every semester we have different subjects like Instructional Technology, Textile Designing, Market Management, Dynamics of Marriage and Family, etc. The best part about it is that we’re taken on frequent field trips, which give us practical and extensive knowledge about the subjects. I’ve been encouraging a lot of people to take up this field.”
“This college has taught me how to live. The course covers every little detail of your life, from cooking to banking, from designing your house to planning your marriage, from preparing nutrition charts to counselling people. It has contributed a lot in my all-round development,” says Nida Maaz, doing her PhD in Nutrition through this college. This college has transformed lives of so many girls, that now even boys are getting enrolled in this college!
Best thing about your college
The courses offered here. We learn practically everything in a span of four years. And we just love the campus, it’s beautiful and serene.
You can see a lot of girls wearing Indian dresses. These days girls have started to sport jholas and jootis. You can see very few people wearing Western stuff. We never miss a chance to wear half-saris during occasions.
Music playing on your iPods
The hit song Sir ostara from Businessman, has become a rage among us. We’re listening to songs from Rockstar and Agneepath also. Oo la la from Dirty Picture is also on everyone’s lips.
Favourite hang-out inside college
The students hang out at the stairs behind the gym, popularly known as ‘The big steps’.
Favourite hang-out outside college
We frequent Tara Bakery a lot. Sensation theatre and Imax are walking distance from our college, so we also hang out there. Sometimes we even hang-out at NTR Gardens, but that’s very rare!
Things you’d like to change about college
Their are big plans to change the name of the college. As of now we’re just looking forward to that. A new name will give us a new identity.
• How many years have you been teaching from?
It’s been a good 36 years. I’ve been a student of this college, was offered lectureship in Koti Women’s College, but turned it down to take up research in my college. That’s how much I love Home Sciences!
• What exactly is Human Development and Family Studies about and what kind of a scope does it hold in today’s times?
What’s really sad is that people don’t even know much about Home Sciences, yet they go ahead and make judgments about this course. HDFS is about conveying what you want the society to be, dealing with people from different backgrounds, and creating awareness. It’s not a philosophical science. We study development across different life spans, and educate students about marriage and family issues. Other than creating a well-aware student body, Home Sciences gets you jobs in the teaching sector, the health sector and fashion and textiles as well.
• For a subject like Human Development and Family Studies, what is the best way to go about teaching this subject?
Well, narrating real-life instances, even sharing my stories, come in very handy. There is a very interactive atmosphere that is set up; sharing helps them loosen up a little, and reaching them is easier. They relate to what is taught once they realise they have experienced most of what they’re being told. And when you experience something, understanding it is a piece of cake.
• If you could change one thing about the students of this generation, what would it be?
Their attitude. It’s a don’t-care attitude, like, “you do your job, I’ll do mine”. Very casual, very light.
• It is very obvious that Home Sciences, or Community Sciences as you’re now going to call is, has amazing scope. But the problem is that not many people even know much about this course. How do you plan to change that?
See, I’ll be honest. We do not have sufficient resources to go around advertising this course. But we are trying as much as we can. We plan to host a college festival in the near future. The idea is just in its conception stage, let’s see what happens.
Dr S Ratna Kumari (Associate Professor, College of Home Sciences)
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