Male aspirants were surprised when they came to know that none of the 63 Delhi University Colleges offer a course in Home Sciences.
Kumar from Bhopal studied Home Sciences till class 12. He wants to pursue a career in the culinary arts to become a chef. He thought Delhi University colleges will provide the best platform for a UG degree.
However, he got to know that Delhi University is offering BSc in Home Sciences course that is only available for women.
He said it was surprising to know that the DU does not offer the course to men. Home Sciences is traditionally supposed as a female-oriented course. But stuff has changed and now boys are showing interest in the course because of decent opportunities.
Kumar was not alone. Many male candidates were surprised to notice that either several courses are not available for male candidates or they have very few college options in these courses. Courses like Sociology (Hons), Philosophy (Hons), Psychology (Hons), and Geography (Hons) are available in women’s colleges only.
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Currently, around 14 colleges in DU offer BA (Hons) in Sociology in 10 colleges, of which 8 are women colleges. BA (Hons) in Psychology, of which 11 are girls colleges. And, BA (Hons) in Philosophy is being offered in 16 colleges, of which 10 are Women College.
BSc course in Home Sciences in the university is offered by only 3 colleges –Institute of Home Economics, Bhagini Nivedita College, Lady Irwin College. And all these are women colleges.
The principal of Lady Irwin College, Anupa Siddhu, said though the syllabus of the course has no gender bias. The co-ed colleges do not come forward to start the program for male aspirants.
She said the course is completely progressive and encloses all the topics which can help candidates get good career options in hospitality, food, nutrition, and textile science. Many schools in Delhi are now offering Home Sciences to all aspirants. However, they have no information from any co-ed science college showing interest in starting the course.
The principal of Aryabhatta College, Manoj Sinha, said that there is a shortage of demand among men for home sciences.
He said if the co-ed colleges start the course for few enthusiastic aspirants, it will become difficult for us to manage the resources in limited funds. The only option to give equal opportunity in these courses in DU is that a condition shall be made wherein the women colleges providing these courses can include some male candidates.