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Updated on 26 Sep, 2014

The School of Continuing Education (SOCE), starting from rural development and women’s education related programmes, has in the process of its growth, identified certain important areas of concern and addressed them through a number of programmes such as Rural Development, Child Development, Disability, Youth and Development Work, Nutrition, Food Safety and Dietetics. Most of these areas stand qualified for an individual discipline status.
With the establishment of new schools, a number of programmes that were housed in SOCE were relocated to the respective Schools. Accordingly, Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication was relocated to the School of Journalism and Media Studies, while the Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Social Work, CAFÉ and DAFE were transferred to the School of Social Work.
The School Board of SOCE in its 37th meeting held on September 12, 2008, reaffirmed its earlier decision to have disciplines of Nutritional Sciences and Child Development located in the School.
Regarding women’s education programmes, the School Board noted that the programmes have been already relocated and would be developed under the School of Gender and Development Studies, where the discipline of Women’s Studies is housed. The Academic Council in its 45th meeting held on October 24, 2008, approved the above decision of the School Board of SOCE. In a subsequent meeting of Academic Council, the discipline of Home Science was added to the already assigned disciplines.
SOCE currently has the following four disciplines assigned to it by the Academic Council:
  • Rural Development
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Child Development
  • Home Science 

The School has currently on offer a Ph.D. programme in three discipline areas, two Master’s Degree level programmes, one Post-Graduate Diploma, two Diploma Programmes, four Certificate programmes, and four elective & application-oriented courses.

Rural Development

The vast rural area of the country, the large number of functionaries working in the area of rural development and the future employment opportunities that this developing sector is throwing up, point out the need to provide cadre of professionals to serve as specialist manpower in the field of rural development. The study programme in rural development is in response to this felt need for trained manpower in rural development and consists of the following areas of intervention:

  • Elective in Rural Development ( as a part of BDP)
  • Certificate Programme in Rural Development (CRD)
  • Diploma in Panchayat Level Administration & Development (DPLAD)
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Rural Development (PGDRD)
  • Master’s Programme in Rural Development (MARD)
  • PhD Programme in Rural Development {PHD(RD)}

Nutrition Sciences

The Discipline of Nutrional Studies is devoted to the study of human nutrition and combines and provides expertise in public nutrition, clinical and therapeutic nutrition, institution food service management, food sciences and technology, food safety and quality control. It has a potential of emerging as a potential employment sector. The following programmes are on offer:

  • Nutrition for the Community (ANC)
  • Certificate in Food and Nutrition (CFN)
  • Certificate in Nutrition and Child Care (CNCC-1)
  • Certificate in Food Safety (CFS)
  • Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education (DNHE)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Pediatric Nutrition (PGDPN)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Pediatric Nutrition (PGCPN)
  • Master’s of Science Degree in Dietetics and Food Service Management {MSc.(DFSM)}
  • PhD in Nutritional Sciences {PHD(FN)}

Child Development

The discipline of Child Development is devoted to the study of human development in the socio-cultural context, with particular focus on the critical childhood years. The programmes of study offered in this discipline provide an understanding of developmental challenges and life-cycle issues in a life-span perspective. The areas of early childhood care and education (ECCE); working with the child with disability; early and middle childhood, adolescence and adulthood; understanding and nurturing the development of the individual in the familial and cultural context; and developing expertise in the domain of counselling and family therapy have been the focal areas in the discipline of Child Development. The following programmes are on offer:

  • Organising Child Care Services (ACC-1)
  • Certificate in Nutrition and Child Care (CNCC-2)
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (DECE)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Family Therapy (PGDCFT)
  • Master of Science in Counselling and Family Therapy, M.Sc. (CFT)
  • Ph.D programme in Child Development {PHD(CD)}

Home Science

Home Science is a discipline which incorporates many pertinent life skills in its fold. In addition to the development of valuable intrapersonal skills, the discipline also introduces the students to a wide variety of potential career paths such as Community Resource Management and Fabric and Apparel Sciences. These two sub discipline of home science are being addressed through various educational interventions in SOCE.