About Department

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) was founded in 1949 and is India’s pioneering institution in this discipline. The HDFS program focuses on the interdisciplinary developmental study of individuals and families across life span. More specifically it aims at developing teaching, research, program planning, training, evaluation and consultation. The uniqueness of the department is characterized by a tradition that focuses on collective ethos, free sharing, and team work, scope for autonomy and innovations and critical inward reflection with a strong concern and commitment for striving towards maintaining high academic standards.

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