Lady Irwin College is a constituent college of the University of Delhi and is the first Home Science College of India. Established, with the motto of Vidya Hi Sewa, on November 11th, 1932 under the patronage of the then Vicereine, Lady Dorothy Irwin. The college has a glorious history. Among its founding mentors were eminent national and international leaders such as Annie Besant, Sarojini Naidu, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, Kamala Devi Chattopadhyay, Sir Ganga Ram Kaula, the Maharani of Baroda, Maharani of Bhopal, and Margaret Cousins.

Since its inception, Lady Irwin College, has pioneered the discipline of Home Science and has remained in the forefront of the academic map of India. The college offers Bachelors in Home Science, Ph.D. and Masters Programmes in five areas - Food and Nutrition, Human Development & Childhood Studies, Fabric & Apparel Science, Development Communication & Extension and Resource Management & Design Application. The college also offers PG degree in Education - B.Ed. ( Home Sc.) and B.Ed. Special Education (MR) and a PG Diploma in Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition (DDPHN). The B.Sc. Home Science Honours and General Programmes were restructured as per the Choice Based Credit System, and were introduced in 2015. The B.Sc. (Hons.) Food Technology programme was launched in July 2017.

A large part of the college is housed in heritage structures. The college infrastructure and facilities are continuously being upgraded to renovate and build new facilities. The college has well-equipped laboratories and classrooms with projection facilities. The renovated well-stocked college library is fully computerized providing access to national and international online databases. The centralized computer centre, one of the first of Delhi University maintains internet connectivity and is a key resource for computer based learning. The Equal Opportunity Cell provides assistance to students with disabilities in their coursework and during examinations. Large sections of the college have been made disabled-friendly. The pioneering RAK Child study centre, provides a range of innovative facilities for the care, education and development of children.

The college has a well-qualified and dynamic faculty that regularly upgrades itself to enrich teaching, research and outreach processes / initiatives. Many have received national and international recognition for their work. Several faculty members are engaged with apex educational bodies, serve as consultants and resource persons for governmental and non-governmental organisations and often invited to lead research projects by eminent organizations.

To remain abreast with changing academic and industry environments and increase the skill sets of students, the departments have instituted special public lectures, held annually. Workshops, seminars, and conferences are also held periodically and public outreach activities are organized in collaboration with the industry, government and non-government organisations and research bodies.

The college has been able to establish international linkages through MoUs with Michigan State University, Syracuse University, University of Winchester and Portland State University that have led to cross border faculty, student interactions and exchange programs. International exchanges have provided multicultural perspectives and tremendously enriched teaching learning processes.


Strives to inculcate the spirit of service along with professional development and skills for women empowerment through state of the art education, research and extension by nurturing innovation, leadership and national development.

Lady Irwin College has been a pioneer in women’s education. Set up more than eight decades ago, the vision for empowering women continues to be the key thrust of the College. It is indeed a matter of pride for us that the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi gave us our motto Vidhya Hi Sewa (service through knowledge). True to the motto, our educational endeavour has been to inculcate the spirit of service along with professional growth of students. The college remains committed to building leadership, conscious citizenry and active participation of women for furthering national developmental goals. The college encourages the development of scientific temper with special focus on individual, family and community life. The education in the college aims towards developing creative and critical thinking, nurturing innovation and excellence. Lady Irwin sees its students building capacity to acquire global skills for entrepreneurship, professional proficiency and improved quality of life.

Eminent national and international leaders helped envision Lady Irwin College goals and the role it could play in the field of higher education for women. They built strong foundations based on core values of social justice, veracity, service and sustainability for achieving excellence in all spheres of life. These have continued to guide and contour the curricular and co-curricular thrusts of the college through the decades.

Since its inception, Lady Irwin College, has been a flag-bearing institute for Home Science education in the country, both at the school and college level and has always provided leadership to other institutions across the country. The knowledge, innovations, tenets and thrusts provided by the college over the years have percolated to put Home Science as a discipline on the academic map of India.

The vision statements of the different departments of the college emanate from the core values of the college:

Department of Food and Nutrition
Endeavors to achieve excellence in teaching and research for outreach to community, industry and institutions to ensure promotive health for all.

Department of Human Development & Childhood Studies
Multi-disciplinary department devoted to understanding the nature of human development across the life span in a culturally diverse, changing and complex world.

Department of Fabric & Apparel Science
Equips students with an understanding of design and technology in fabrics and apparel along with an appreciation of our rich textile heritage.

Department of Resource Management and Design Application
Strives at empowerment through knowledge and skills towards management of personal, family, community and shared resources for creation of sensitive, aesthetic and sustainable environment.

Department of Development Communication and Extension
Develop understandings and skills in culturally appropriate behaviour change communication and extension strategies for promoting gender equity, social inclusion and sustainable development.

Department of Education
Strives to prepare reflective and empowered teachers for humane progressive and democratic society


The college faculty has consistently strived to contemporize its academic content through innovative research, strong community outreach and implementation of new technological knowledge in the field of Home Science. Every department of the college, along with developing core discipline specific skills among the students, also addresses larger societal issues like health, gender, conservation of textile heritage, socio-economic inequalities, community mobilization, people’s participation, resource utilization, environment and education.

The curriculum helps young women students develop key life skills for their future professional and societal roles. Their experiences at college are designed to facilitate self-development and nurture them so that they become aware, active and enthusiastic members of the community and the nation at large. In a nutshell, through curricular and co-curricular activities at both UG and PG levels, we strive to:

  • Accomplish training and development of young women for professional employment
  • Generate an appreciation and respect for our cultural heritage and traditions with a critical orientation towards social and economic advancement
  • Undertake training of trainers and educators
  • Develop research and critical analysis skills for analyzing and suggesting national development strategies
  • Strengthen linkages with other teaching and research institutions and professionals at all levels
  • Give impetus to community outreach and extension

The courses at Lady Irwin strive to build a cadre of professionals:
  • Focusing specifically on issues, programmes and policies of health and well-being of children, women and families
  • Nutrition, dietetics, food processing, food safety and security
  • Heritage textiles, textile technology and apparel design
  • Early childhood care and education, parenting, family counselling
  • Education of children in formal and non-formal settings, including persons with disabilities
  • Sustainable management of resources and new product development
  • Communication for development, participatory communications and innovative media development

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