To carve a niche for the discipline in India through theory building, research and applications rooted in Indian social realities
To nurture indigenous perspectives and cross-cultural sensitivity for sustained research innovations and field-based interventions
To contribute at the interface of self and social development by creating HDFS professionals who can optimize human potential across the life span, in a variety of contexts.
To engender worldviews that promote integral and spiritual human wellbeing.
- To advocate a rights-based, inclusive, gender and culture sensitive curriculum covering the human life span in response to contemporary social challenges.
- To encourage a scholarly and progressive professional environment that appreciates and engages with a diversity of perspectives for research and application.
- To establish professional networks at regional, national and international levels for sustained exchange of ideas within and across the discipline.
- To establish sustainable linkages with industry, community and state bodies for enhancing the wellbeing of individuals and families.
- To enable students to advocate basic principles of human development and establish a variety of time tested and path breaking careers as HDFS professionals.
Why Specialise in Human Development and Family Studies?
Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) prepares students to address pressing issues and problems in societies across the globe. Students of human development are prepared to improve the lives of children, adolescents, adults, and families through innovative research and outreach programs offered by the department.
Human Development and Family Studies program provides a broad study of the physical, mental, emotional, social and moral development of individuals and families. Specialising in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) enables students to work across life span and life course i.e. from infancy through old age, couples and family relationships, research methods, parent-child relations, family health and well-being, parent education and support, gender studies and cultural diversity in families. In addition to coursework, all students engage in internships and field placements or learning experience in a professional setting related to their career goals. These settings include early childhood education centres such as preschools, health care agencies, research labs, special education institutes, CSRs, NGOs and so on.