Staff Reporter

Plea to permit boys to study subject

Introduce home science as subject in B. Ed. colleges

Appoint nutritionists in

all PHCs

COIMBATORE: Home science should get the status of a separate paper from standard V in the school curriculum and should be handled by specialised teachers.

This was one of the recommendations arrived at, at the two-day Southern Regional Seminar on “Gearing Home Science Curriculum towards Better Career Prospects”, jointly organised by the Home Science Association of India (HSAI), South Zone, and Avinashilingam Advanced Centre for Education and Research in Basic Sciences, at the Avinashilingam University for Women.

Among the other recommendations made to the State and Central Governments and non-Governmental organisations (NGOs) were seeking to introduce home science as a subject in B. Ed. colleges, appointing nutritionists in all primary health centres to give nutrition counselling, etc.

There was also a proposal to include home science as an optional subject in the Civil Service examination.

Human development students were sought to be recognised by the Rehabilitation Council of India for employment and other purposes, while home science graduates were asked to be utilised as project officers in various NGOs, as trainers, child protection officers, project officers in Social Welfare Department, etc.

Home science representatives should find place in District Planning Commission, State Planning Commission, Central Planning Commission and Human Rights Department.

Some recommendations were also made to the Home Science Association of India. The name “home science” was asked to be converted to “human sciences”.

There was also a plea that boys should be permitted to study the subject as the course had assumed commercial value.