The Institute of Home Economics (IHE), Delhi University (DU), offers courses that match professional career trends. The college, apart from offering undergraduate courses like B.Sc in microbiology and biochemistry, offers specialisations in areas like resource management, human development, communication and extension, food and nutrition, fabric and apparel science and film production.
Neeti Vaid, assistant professor, department of communication and extension, says, "The college when established, had only home science as the main course on offer, but realising the needs of students, it evolved into a professional training institute catering to various specialisations. The curriculum was diversified to suit the changing needs of young women." According to Vaid, the viability of job options available under course specialisations is in-sync with current professional trends.
While students specialising in fabrics and apparel can work for fashion designers, fashion houses, export houses, and textile companies, students from the food and nutrition programme get offers from corporates and organisations like WHO. A good number of resource management students get into entrepreneurship or interior design, become architects or get associated with green building projects. "The IHE also has a course on film making.
As part of the course, students learn about making documentaries, production, script writing, etc. Many work with production houses, or as script-writers and film-makers," says Yuki Azaad, assistant professor, department of communication and extension. For placements, IHE has a tie-up with DU's central placement cell besides its own placement cell. Parveen Pannu, convener, placement cell, says, "Students pursuing the dietician course get offers from reputed hospitals and fitness centres like VLCC. Students of resource management, fabric and apparel and film studies get placed through their respective departments in several companies."
Besides, the college also offers postgraduate courses in food and nutrition, fabric and apparel science and PG diploma courses in dietetics and public health nutrition, health and social gerontology. Besides, short-term certificate courses offered include radio jockeying, managing learning disabilities, early childhood care and education, management of individual and emotional well-being and entrepreneurship for fashion boutiques.
Courtesy: Times of India