Home Science is a dynamic and ever growing field of education. It is an applied field built upon multidiscipline such as science, humanities, management, commerce and medicine for the purpose of achieving the welfare and wellbeing of the family in an ever changing society. It is the education for "better living" and the core of this education is the "family ecosystem". It is the study of reciprocal relations between the family and its natural and manmade environments.
The development of Home Science education reflects social pressures that are evident around the turn of the century. It is a need-based, professionally oriented education to assist family and community towards improved living. In the context of growing pressures in the work environment and external world, the family assumes a significant role in shaping the citizens of tomorrow. The family is the main factor which protects the individuals from all external forces and provides the right type of atmosphere for children to grow into strong and independent personalities. Home Science, then becomes the key subject in shaping the future course of our lives, as it equips the future citizens with relevant knowledge, competencies and prepares them to become efficient custodians of the nation’s future.
The Post Graduate Department of Home Science, Berhampur University, Odisha offers Masters, M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Home Science. Home Science as a discipline has enormous applied implications in the field of Foods and Nutrition, Public Health, Human Development and Family Studies, Extension Education, Family Resource Management and Textiles and Clothing. The department aims at promoting quality family life by empowering women through theoretical knowledge with its practical applications to the best of their expectations.