The Institute of Home Economics is beautified with well-maintained lawns, airy lecture theatres and laboratories. It has a total strength of nearly eight hundred students from various countries of Asia and Africa.
Dr. (Mrs.) S. Malhan laid the foundation of the Institute of Home Economics in 1961 in order to cater to the demands of higher education and professional learning. Excellent curriculum, practical application backed by the help of a group of competent faculty has enabled this institute to gain popularity amongst the students. In 1969, it was integrated as a 'constituent college'. In 2001 the Institute was shifted to its newly formed building. The then Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University, Prof. Deepak Nayyar inaugurated the building. Encompassing a total area of approximately 3.5 acres, it lies in the midst of nature's bounty far away from the noise of the city life.
Over the years the Institute of Home Economics has expanded by leaps and bounds. It had a humble beginning when only a 2-year Diploma course in Home Science was offered. A 1-year Course in Teacher's Training was incorporated subsequently. Later the institute made its mark in the fields of research, educational work and extensional programs.
Presently it offers various courses both at the undergraduate and post-graduate level. One can opt for courses like B.Sc. (Hons.) courses in several subjects like Home Science, Microbiology, B.El.Ed, M.Sc. Home Science (Food and Nutrition), M.Sc. Home Science (Fabric and Apparel Science), Post Graduate Diploma in Dietic and Public Health Nutrition. Ph.D. Programme also is incorporated in the curriculum of Institute of Home Economics. As a recent inclusion, a 4 year integrated course in Elementary Education and B. Sc in Biochemistry has been incorporated.
The Institute of Home Economics consists of a well-stocked library which built in a duplex structure. It has a large collection of over twenty thousand resource materials; it is fully computerised. Variety of books is available, like textbooks, reference books, thesis, journals and periodicals in different subjects namely Pure and Applied sciences, Home science, Microbiology and Education, Fiction and encyclopedia. The library also bears subscription to more than forty journals both at national and international level. There is a comfortable and spacious reference section providing ample opportunity to the students to read, seek reference or toss through the book catalogues. Besides, students can get internet facilities and an intranet linking with Delhi University. Special attractions include the photocopying services and computers. The library is staffed by competent and efficient members. To help the poor students, the library stocks a number of books that can be issued for quite a long time. Associated laboratories are illuminated, well ventilated, airy and well stocked. All the labs are provided with computer facilities & internet for the benefit of the staff and students.
Qualified and experienced teachers have contributed in maintaining the high standards and imparting quality education to its students. They are involved in research work of international standards, publish excellent articles and also participate in a handful of workshops and seminars held either in India or abroad.
Within the college premise there is ample scope for amusement and entertainment of students and staffs. The Common Room for students is built on the third floor of the college building so that students can spend time in fun and frolic. The College Café serves a wide assortment of snacks and beverages that all the students can easily afford. Other facilities include a bookshop, spacious conference rooms and advanced computer laboratory. A high-tech audio studio which has twin soundproof rooms, is furnished with sixteen channels and several instruments like Analog audio mixer, audio-monitor, speakers & two track sound card. The studio is used to train students in various aspects of radio Journalism.
Interestingly, The Institute of Home Economics runs a nursery school, which is supervised by the 'Human Development Department'. In 2006, the Department fruitfully had set up 'The IHE school of performing arts' in this nursery school which offers long and short-term courses in numerous dance and musical forms for the kids as well as for the adolescents after school hours and during holidays.
Besides education, students are motivated to take part in extra curricular activities as well. Quite a number of societies have developed for hunting new talents, developing and initiating training to the students who are interested in literary and cultural endeavours. The Wings of National Cadet Corps ( NCC) and 'SPICMACAY' are quite active in The Institute of Home Economics.
Cultural programs like the "The Rhythm Mix" (choreography), "Swaranjali" (Indian Music), Western Music & Dance are organised frequently. The Dramatics Society organises the street play competition "Masquerade" every year. The Annul cultural fest Mélange, is organised every year during the winter season. Stage dancing, street play, one-act play, fashion show, debate, poster making, music and dance competitions form an integral part of this festival. All the students participate in this festival with enthusiasm and jubilance. The Literary and debating society is active which orchestrates debates, just a minute contests, creative writing, quiz and also poster making competitions. Students are encouraged to participate in sports and athletic events like Volley Ball, Throw ball, Badmintion, Kho-kho.