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Star College Scheme For Strengthening Of Science Education And Training At Undergraduate Level

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The Dept. of Biotechnology (DBT) has launched a scheme "Star College Scheme for Strengthening of Science Education and Training at Undergraduate Level" for improving critical thinking and 'hands-on' experimental work at the undergraduate (college) level in sciences. It is expected to encourage, more students to take up higher education in science. DBT will identify colleges with ambition and potential for excellence and provide academic and physical infrastructure for achieving excellence in teaching and unique exposure of students to experimental science.

The Star College Scheme is a pan-India Scheme that envisages a Star College in every district of the country, thus the Department shall exert dialogues with the State Government and identify colleges that can be considered for support under this Scheme. DBT has supported over 200 undergraduate colleges across the country in the past 9 years. Apart from financial support, colleges benefit tremendously from guidance received in Advisory Committee Meetings, mentoring, Task Force Meetings, and learning from peers in other colleges.

  1. To strengthen the academic and physical infrastructure for achieving excellence in teaching and training.
  2. To enhance the quality of the learning and teaching process to stimulate original thinking through ‘hands-on’ exposure to experimental work and participation in summer schools.
  3. To promote networking and strengthen ties with neighboring institutions and other laboratories.
  4. To conduct specialized training programs for faculty improvement for optimizing technical capabilities.
  5. To increase capabilities of core instrumentation resources by procuring new equipment and upgrading existing facilities.
  6. To provide access and exposure to students to research laboratories and industries in the country.
  7. To help in devising standard curricula and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) / kits for practicals.
  8. To provide better library facilities to students and teachers.
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