To empower the young students by imparting professional knowledge and skills, moulding their
holistic personality and making them economically competent to face all personal and global
To prepare the students in becoming self-reliant, to establish themselves as an entrepreneur in any of the varied fields of Home Science and to uphold professionalism and ethics for improving their quality of living.
History of the Department
Department of Home Science is one of the vibrant Science Departments established in the year 1981. It has been selected by UGC under the vocationalisation of the first-degree programme, offering a dual degree programme of Certificate and Advanced Diploma Course in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics since 2002. Home Science course has been converted to Food Processing in 2006. The nomenclature of the course changed into B.Sc Nutrition and Dietetics with Computer Applications in the year 2012 for the benefit of the students’ career. In the year 2016-2017, the nomenclature of the course was changed into B.Sc Home Science - Nutrition and Dietetics. The Department extends its services for the upliftment of rural homemakers, self-help groups, rural school children and public. The main aims of the department are empowering the rural girls for societal excellence and thereby empowering the individual, family, community and the nation.
The Department of Home Science also offers a University Affiliated Certificate and Advanced Diploma Course in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics .
Highlights of the Department
The Department offers Certificate and Advanced Diploma Courses in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics.
It has well-equipped laboratories with expertise in performing food analysis including raw materials and finished products that will lead to accurate nutritional information
The Department offers consultancy services to various industries and institutions to ensure physico- chemical properties of foods at a variety of food processing stages.
The Department launched the startup company Virutcham in the year 2019-2020 to showcase the innovative ideas and entrepreneurial skills of the students.
The Department conducts Food Mela with delightful food stalls every year to nurture the innate creativity and team spirit in students.
Since 1996 the Department has been organizing Idhayam Cookery Contest in collaboration with Idhayam Group of Companies, Virudhunagar at the Departmental and InterDepartmental level.
The Department celebrates important national and international days and weeks designated to promote awareness of nutrition for upholding a holistic healthy lifestyle.
The Department established a diet counseling center from 2021-2022 onwards to provide personalized nutritional care.
The Department conducts prominent alumnae meetings to motivate the students to pursue their carrier opportunities.
The Department completed a training progamme and popular lecture series under the sponsorship of TNSCST–DIT and CTEP-DBT.
The Department emphasizes the importance of nutrition for healthy living among the rural people through extension activity in collaboration with ICDS, Virudhunagar every year.
The faculty members associate slow learners with advanced learners so that extra care is taken for those slow learners to come forward in academics.
The Department successfully organizes seminars, workshops, and conferences at national and international levels to prepare the students to pursue their career objectives in advanced education, industry, scientific research, and teaching.
Provides entrepreneurial training programmes to Earn While You Learn students.
Invited resource persons from various Universities and colleges to organize guest lectures.
Organized a State level seminar on “Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian diet - PANACEA for Modern Life Style Diseases” in 2017.
Organized a training programme for the Self Help Group Women sponsored by Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology on Dissemination of Innovative Technology (DIT) entitled “ Food preservation and Convenience Food” from 24.07.2017 to 26.07.2017.
Conducted an Inter-Collegiate Hands-on Training Workshop on “Entrepreneurial Skills” in collaboration with the Departments of Biochemistry, Zoology, Botany and Costume Design and Fashion on 09.01.2019 and 10.01.2019.
Organized an Interdepartmental level workshop on “Entrepreneurial skills” on 04.02.2019 and 05.02.2019
A study on Impact of diet counseling among Anaemic Adolescent Girls was conducted to the WUS students on 04.02.2019 and 05.02.2019
Organized a Two day International Conference on “Scientific and Social Approaches to Mental Well-being” on 03.10.2019 and 04.10.2019
Organized a Training programme for the School Teachers in collaboration with Rotary club of Virudhunagar on “Importance and Benefits of Clean Drinking water and Importance of Personal Hygiene” on 11.01.2020
Organized a Two day Webinar on "Strategies to Overcome Pandemic Diseases" at the Interdepartmental level on 24.05.2020 & 25.05.2020.
Conducted an awareness programme in connection with Poshan Abhiyaan for identification of SAM children and also promotion of Nutri garden by Ms.Hema Latha, Child Development Project Officer, Virudhunagar on 21.09.2020
Organized a Virtual Workshop on “Rush to Brush" in collaboration with JCI conducted a workshop on Herbal Sanitary Napkin Making on 27.10.2020.
Conducted Inter collegiate and Inter-Departmental competitions Health Fest-2021 such as oratorical competitions, Ad-Act, For and Against, Video making and E-Poster Creations through virtual mode as a part of National Nutrition Week Celebrations on 06.09.2021.
Organized DBT-CTEP Popular Lecture Series on Biotech foods - Panacea to cure human diseases sponsored by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), New Delhi on 06.10.2021, 02.02.2022 and 16.02.2022.
Organized a One Day National level webinar on Medicinal Values of Indian Traditional Foods in collaboration with Tamil Department on 30.03.2022.
Mrs.S.Balasaraswathi has completed UGC Sponsored Minor Research Project on Development and Supplementation of Iron rich food products for rural anemic adolescent girls in the academic year 2014-2016.
Mrs.S.Balasaraswathi awarded as best teacher of 2020 by Idhayam G Fortune School.
Dr.D.Vijayarani won I Prize in the paper presention at the International Web Conference on Food Technology and Nutrition-Prospects for Health organized by Avinashilingam Institute of Home Science, Coimbatore. Held on 2.8.2021.
Dr.D.Vijayarani received Kamarajar Award from the Rotary Club of Virudhunagar in the academic year 2020 – 2021.
Mrs.S.Balasaraswathi received SE.VE.Best Teacher Award from the SE VE Record Holder Forum &All India Book of Records.
Mrs.S.Balasaraswathi was awarded the title Desathin Sirppi by Aram anbin adaiyaalam arakattalai.
Mrs. S.Balasaraswathi got Star Performer Award 2020-2021 - III Position on 04.10.2021 by college board.
Mrs. S.Balasaraswathi got Award of appreciation for attending webinar/short term course/online courses for the year 2020-2021 on 04.10.2021 by College Managing Board.
Dr.D.Vijayarani is working as Principal Investigator of the project entitled Popularization of millets based food products among rural people to overcome malnutrition under Phase I Category II of VVVCMB-MRP scheme 2023 (ongoing).
The Department won the overall shield in Arokh Fest - 2017, Intercollegiate competitions organized by The Standard Fireworks Rajaratnam College for Women, Sivakasi on 10.01.2017.
Selvi. G. Jenani I B.Sc Home Science – Nutrition And Dietetics won II Prize in the Nutri News Competition and Selvi. K.Kaviya II UG Home Science – Nutrition and Dietetics won III Prize in the Vegetable carving Competition in the Health Fest-2018 conducted by the Department of Food Science and Technology, Arulanandhar College, Karumathur.
M.Hemalatha, B. Tharani, K.Gurudevika and N. Sivaranjani of II B.Sc Home Science – Nutrition and Dietetics won I Prize in the Ad act Competition and M.Vaishnadevi and Malar Vizhi of II B.Sc Home Science – Nutrition and Dietetics won II Prize in the Art from Waste Competition and M.Haritha of I UG Home Science – Nutrition And Dietetics won II Prize in Poster Making Competition in the FIT FEST 2K’18 Inter collegiate competition conducted by the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, The American College, Madurai.
S.Karthika devi III B.Sc Home Science –Nutrition and Dietetics received the Best Outgoing Student Award for the academic year 2018 – 2019.
M.Mahalakshmi, A.Mahalkshmi, and S.Subbulakshmi of I, II, III B.Sc Home Science –Nutrition and Dietetics respectively received the Best library user award for the academic year 2018 – 2019.
K.Kavitha of II B.Sc Home Science – Nutrition and Dietetics received Sakalakalavalli Award -2019 for sports.
J.Ayisha juhi secured I Prize in the Cooking competition in the” Nutritive Fest” conducted by Fatima College, Madurai on 14.09.2021.
K.Kanchana devi ,R.Aarthi and V.Marutha veni of III B.Sc Home Science – Nutrition and Dietetics won II prize in the Food spin competition organised by Fatima College, Madurai on 26.09.2022.
C.Shanmathi of III B.Sc Home Science – Nutrition and Dietetics won Miss.Ryla in the Ryla competition jointly organized by Rotary Club and IQAC of V.V.Vanniaperumal College for Women , Virudhunagar .
S.Dhanalakshmi of I B.Sc. Home Science - Nutrition and Dietetics and Jameel Barsana of III B.Sc. Home Science - Nutrition and Dietetics won the second and third prize respectively in the Cooking competition organized by the Department of Home Science in collaboration with ICDS, Virudhunagar on 26.09.2022.
R.Jameel Barsana of III B.Sc.Home Science - Nutrition and Dietetics won I prize in Idhayam cooking competition organized by Department of Home Science on 14.02.2023.
The Department of Home Science signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with
Idhayam Gingelly oils, Virudhunagar (2022-2027)
Arthur Asirvatham Hospital, Madurai (2019-2024)
Sri Meenakshi Government Arts College for Women , Madurai(2022-2025)
Nutrient analysis of curry leaves, chutney powder and idly powder for Maamis Food Pvt Ltd, Virudhunagar in the year 2016.
Nutrioptimizer software development for Sri Mookambika Infosystems, Sivakasi in the year 2017.
Procedure for incorporating functional ingredients in the bakery products provided by Mahesh Bakery, Virudhunagar in the year 2017.
Analysis of moisture content of the samples from Pavalam Dhal and Oil Mills, Virudhunagar in the year 2018.
Nutrient analysis of Herbal candy for Department of Biotechnology, Kamaraj Engineering and Technology, Madurai in the year 2019.
Drying of the given samples for the department of Physics, V.V.Vanniaperumal College for Women, Virudhunagar in the year 2020.
Nutrient analysis of Cashewnut oil cake and groundnut for Pavalam Agencies, Virudhunagar during the academic years 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.
Nutrient analysis of fruit samples for the students of PG Physics, V.H.N.S.SN College, Virudhunagar in the academic year 2021-2022.
Mrs.M.Ponmani, Head, Department of Apparel and Fashion Technology, AIMAN College of Arts and Science,Trichy.
Mrs.Jeya manavalan, Social Safeguard Specialist, Chennai.