The initiation of Home Science Programme at Pantnagar was recommended by Mrs. Alice M. Fisher (USAID) and Dr. Elda Robb (University of Tennessee, USA) in 1961. There after, U. P. Govt. gave green signal in December 1963. Dr. Janice Smith UIUC, USA recommended two year Diploma and four year undergraduate degree programme in Home Science in February 1966. The College of Home Science was thus, established on 15 July, 1971 with a undergraduate programme. From 1971 to 1985, a single programme of two year diploma and four year degree continued.
In 1985 it was discontinued and diploma and three year degree was started for which requirement was inter science. Then in 1998, a 4 year degree programme was started which was open to both intermediate science and intermediate arts with Home Science as one of the subject. It included vocational courses involving Rural Awareness Work Experience and in-plant training.
In 2004, four year undergraduate degree programme was revised to include 2+2 system that included two years of professional training in different disciplines of Home Science viz., Apparel Designing, Interior Designing and Decoration, Nutrition and Dietetics and Organization and Management of Early Childhood Programmes which also included Rural Awareness Work Experience and In-plant Training.
In 2017, B.Sc. (Hons) Community Science is started with three years of common course work and one year of specialization.
Vision of the College
To motivate primary stakeholders for sustainable development of human resources with a strong emphasis on excellence in academics, research and extension to realize direct benefits of growing domestic and global employment market and to ensure adequate availability of competent professionals and paraprofessionals to occupy relevant niche in the economy by enabling an interactive coupling between industry, government, economy, environment and society.
The college functions through following Departments
The College has computer facilities in the students’ computer laboratory, ARIS Cell, College Library and all the Departments. Facilities also exist for Computer Aided Designing.
Day-care for Children with Facility of Child Testing, Guidance and Counselling
Day-care facility is available for children of women employees of the University. This has scientific observation facilities for parents and for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. It is attached to a testing laboratory for children and guidance and counselling cell.
College of Home Science has a library where around 8000 textbooks, 55 periodicals related to Home Science discipline, newspapers and magazines are available to the students. The library is equipped with a computer and photocopier. The library has a reading room to help inculcate the habit of reading among students. The library runs a rental book programme under which important text books are rented to students for the whole semester at a nominal rent.
The Information Center of the College aims to portray a comprehensive picture of all the multifarious activities and achievements of the College. It has exhaustive exhibits and models.
The College has a Placement Cell which assists the students in getting suitable jobs. It acts as a liaison between students and employers.
For the personality development of the students which includes development of physical and mental self, team spirit and human values, there are bodies like-
Home Science Society
Home Science Society aims at promoting professional competence among students and their over-all personality development. It organizes various activities such as debate competitions, cultural programmes, scientific and technical exhibitions/competitions, art and craft competitions, elocution contests, group