Government Home Science College is one of the pioneer institutes in Home Science in the country. Since its inception in 1961, it has grown into an excellent educational centre satisfying the professional and specialized needs of the contemporary woman. The then dynamic Chief Minister of undivided Punjab, Late Sardar Partap Singh Kairon, was instrumental in establishing this prestigious institute which has undergone a long successful journey of expansion. Starting with a three year degree course in B.Sc. Home Science, it expanded its horizons in the true sense by offering a revamped undergraduate programme in B.Sc. Home Science by moving it towards specialization to make it career oriented. Need based changes have been introduced as five specializations namely Apparel and Textile Design, Dietetics, Human Development and Family Relations, Interior Design and Resource Management alongwith a B.Sc. Home Science Composite course. The college offers an undergraduate degree courses in Fashion Designing and Postgraduate degree courses in Clothing and Textiles, Foods and Nutrition, Human Development and Family Relations; Postgraduate Diplomas in Fashion Designing, Nutrition and Dietetics and Child Guidance and Family Counseling . A Ph.D. programme is also offered.
The latest development is the introduction of B.Sc. (Hons.) Home Science and B.Sc. (Hons.) Fashion Designing in accordance with the Choice Based Credit System module suggested by UGC from the academic session 2017-18.TheCollege runs a laboratory Nursery School, Chaitanya, with 50 students on its rolls, attached to the department of Human Development and Family Relations, to impart practical training to its students. The college has made its mark through its participation in the Adult and Community Education Schemes of Panjab University and offers short term training to the Gram Sevikas and Associate Village Women of U.T. Chandigarh, besides undertaking projects offered by various Universities.
Home Science is a unique field of knowledge. Its inter disciplinary approach in synthesizing knowledge drawn from physical and biological sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities has enriched its educational programmes and also caters to the present day needs of education in order to meet the rapidly changing demands of family life and the multiple roles that women have to play in home as well as professional life. The different areas of specialization also concentrate on providing suitable training to the students for various job opportunities. The trained graduates and postgraduates are absorbed in hospitals, industrial units, hotel industries, and health fitness clubs and also as teachers, counselors, sales managers, designers, consultants and field workers in extension education and community development programmes.
Over the years, the college has built up great credibility and gained recognition as a premier institute for education, research and extension work. The beautiful spacious college and hostel buildings offer a peaceful, serene yet stimulating environment to the students. The campus is endowed with well manicured lawns, spacious lecture theatres and laboratories which are a delight to work in. The faculty comprises of very well qualified and experienced members, instrumental in imparting a high standard of education to its students. The faculty also participates in national and international conferences, seminars and workshops and has technical and professional affiliation.
In anticipation of the changing environment and also the changing skill requirement of professionals, the curricula has been revised to make it more relevant, holistic, contextual and specialized. The college offers facilities for academic excellence as well as cultural enrichment of the students to build a multifaceted personality and prepares them to face the challenges that lie ahead.
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