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About Department

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.

List of External Mentors

  1. Prof. Chandashree Lenka, R.D.W University, BBSR
  2. Prof. Gayatri Biswal, S. B. W College, Cuttack
  3. Prof. Harapriya Samantaray, Sambalpur University
  4. Prof. Charubala Pani, S.B.W College, Cuttack
  5. Prof. Nibedita Mishra, Govt. Women�s College,Puri


Master Degree (M.A. / M.Sc.)

About Course Programme

Course Curriculum - Post Graduate Degree course in Home Science at Berhampur University started in 1983. It is full time research oriented course which offers M.Sc. Degee to B.Sc. and M.A. Degree to B.A. students. The syllabus is framed as per UGC guideline keeping in mind the possibility of student qualifying for NET, GRF & SRF.

Graduates from B.A. degree and B.Sc. degree with Home Science, Education, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology are eligible for admission in educational merit basis as prescribed by the University Admission rule for the year.

How to Enter into the Course Programme

For Post Graduate programme in Home Science only women students with subjects - Home Science/Psychology/Sociology/ Economics/Education/Anthropology/Botany/ Zoology/ Nursing are eligible for the admission.

Class Schedule

class schedule 10.45 to 4.30 p.m.


About Course Programme

One year M.Phil course work in Home Science is offered with two semesters.

How to Enter into the Course Programme

For M. Phil programme in Home Science Master's Degree in Home Science with at least 55% of marks or equivalent grade (for general candidates) and 50% of marks or equivalent grade (for the SC/ST candidates) are eligible for admission. Admission is offered through written and Viva-voce.

Curriculum / Syllabi

One Year M. Phil course is having two theory papers and one dissertation having 300 marks in total (Syllabus attached).

Class Schedule

Daily classes scheduled from 10.30 am to 4.30 p.m. with six classes per theory papers per week.


About Course Programme

Pre Ph. D course work is compulsory for all the candidates qualifying URET Examination conducted by the University. The course work shall comprise of two papers of 100 marks each. One paper shall be on Research Methodology which may include quantitative techniques and computer applications. Other paper shall be in general on the broad areas of Home Science. After completing the coursework successfully, the candidate will be asked to register for Ph. D work.

How to Enter into the Course Programme

For Ph. D programme in Home Science a Master's Degree in Home Science with at least 55% of marks or equivalent grade (for general candidates) and 50% of marks or equivalent grade (for the SC/ST and physically challenged candidates) are eligible for admission. College teachers and professionals with 15 years of experience can be allowed to register for Ph. D with at least 48% of marks at Master's level provided that they qualify the URET (University Research Eligibility Test).

Course Schedule

Ph. D regular course work is similar to that of M. Phil course with examination along with research work of three years duration.

D.Litt. / D.Sc

Candidates with Ph. D Degree in Home Science (M. Sc Degree) are eligible for D. Sc in Home Science.

Candidates with Ph. D Degree in Home Science (M.A Degree) are eligible for D.Litt in Home Science.

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Ms. Ashmita Beura
Contractual Teacher
M.A (President Gold medalist) , UGC NET
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Dr. Sasmita Behera
Associate Professor and Head
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Dr.Sasmita Behera is an Associate Professor at Home Science Department, Berhampur University. She obtained her P.hD. in Textiles from Berhampur University. She has been in the teaching profession for more than 28 years. She has many national and inter-national publications published in peer reviewed journals and as book chapters to her credit. She has published four books also. Most of her publications are in the fields of buying behavior of textile consumers and food & nutrition.She has delivered several invited lectures in various universities. Dr.Behera has participated in three different international conferences. Three Scholars are presently continuing their P.hD. under the supervision of Dr.Behera.At present she is the superintendent of Salunki and Jhanjabati Ladies Hostel, Presiding Officer in internal Complain Committee in addition to her normal assignments of the department.

Alita Minz
Assistant Professor
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Mrs.Alita MInz is an Assistant Professor at Home Science Department, Berhampur University. She has joined in this University on date 13.04.2022 She has qualified UGC NET and has been in teaching profession for more than 8 years. Presently She has taken charge as Assistant Superintendent of Mahendra Tanaya Ladies Hostel, Berhampur.

Mrs. Anita Pandey
Assistant Professor
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Mrs. Anita Pandey is an Asst. Professor of Department of Home Science at Berhampur University. She has newly joined in teaching profession as Asst. Professor w.e.f. date 12.05.2022. Prior to her joining in Berhampur University, 16 (Sixteen) numbers of articles written by Mrs. Pandey has been published in reputed journals during the period 2018 to 2022. Mrs. Pandey has also attended and participated in 06 (six) numbers of state level, 06 (six) numbers national level and 03 (three) numbers international level conference / workshops / seminars either physically or in virtual mode during the period 2018 to 2021. She is a Ph.D. scholar of Sambalpur University. She has been entrusted the responsibility of web-coordinator of PG Department of Home Science of Berhampur University. The detail Biodata of Mrs. Pandey is given below.

Gayatri Raut
Guest Faculty
M. A (B. U),M.PhiL (B U), P.hD (B U),UGC NET
Human Development, Counselling and Guidance, Women Empowerment
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Seminar Library

Department has a seminar library of 600 books and 200 back volume Journals.


Teaching staff are provided with lap top computers with internet facility in the department.


Department has laboratory facilities for Dietetics, Extension Education and Human Development specialization.

Student Project Work

Students are required to undertake project work in related fields in Home Science at the fourth semester of Masters' course in Home Science.

Study Tour

The Department undertake study tour for master's students.


Research Area in the Department

Nutrition and Dietetics, Human Development, Family and Gender studies, Rural Development, Community Resource Management

Project Execution in the Department

R & D Project

Project Title :

Peer Social Initiation: Promoting Social Competency in Disadvantaged Primary School Children.

Funded by

UGC Major Research Project, New Delhi

Principal Investigator

Prof. Aparajita Chowdhury

Co Investigator



Two Lakhs


Two Years




  • UGC sponsored National Seminar on A Challenge of Millenium Development Goals, Department of Home Science, Berhampur University, from 4th to 5th May 2011.
  • Workshop on "Youth Development in India" at Berhampur University, 2010.
  • National Seminar on Maternal and Child Health - "A Challenge of the Millennium Development Goals." at P.G. Dept, of Home Science, B.U -2011
  • State level UGC sponsored workshop on "Curriculum Development in Home Science Education" on 3rd - 4th December 2004 at Berhampur University, Orissa, India.
  • Workshop on: Safe and Efficient use of Fuel Feb 2001.
  • National Workshop on Food Technology, Sponsored by Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Government of India from 29th to 30th April 1999.
  • National Seminar on Home Science in 21st Century. 1998.
  • Workshop on Peer Educator's Training (District level), ORDAT (NGO) Berhampur (Organiser) DIPS, BBSR, at Berhampur University from 15th to 16th Nov 1996.
  • "20 Years of ICDS" - State level Seminar at Bhanja Bihar, Berhampur University, on 28th February 1996, Sponsored by the Department of Women and Child Development, Govt. of Orissa, India.
  • "Family in Transition" - State Level Seminar at Bhanja Bihar, Berhampur University on 14th March 1995, Sponsored by the UGC, India.
  • Silver Jubuli celebration of Berhampur University, 1991




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Dr. Sasmita Behera
Associate Professor and Head
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