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Overview of DBT Sponsored Star College Scheme

Star College Scheme (SCS) has been initiated by Department of Biotechnology (DBT),Govt. of India in 2008 to support colleges and universities offering undergraduate education to improve science teaching across the country. DBT is committed to the values of i) Pursuit of excellence ii) Academic and intellectual freedom iii) Creativity and innovation iv) Diversity v) Cooperation and Communication & vi) Accountability. DBT has therefore, launched a scheme for improving critical thinking and 'hands on' experimental work at undergraduate (college) level in sciences. It is expected to encourage, more students to take up higher education in science.

Implementation of DBT Sponsored Star College Scheme

Four departments of Shivaji College, namely, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry and Zoology,have been supported by the Star College Scheme by DBT since May, 2019. A Memorandum of understanding (MoA) between Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Sciences, Govt. of India, and Shivaji College was made on May 29, 2019.

This has tremendously boosted our capacity in enhancing the experiential learning of our students through additional experiments, project work and summer training programs. Grant received under this scheme has also expanded our ability to take students for educational trips and organize more workshops/conferences/seminars. Outreach activities have also been conducted by the college, thus, not only enhancing the knowledge of our own students, but also that of faculty and students hailing from schools/colleges with inadequate infrastructure.

Advisory Committee

  1. Dr. Minakshi Munshi, Adviser, DBT – DBT Representative
  2. Dr. Garima Gupta, Program Officer, SCS - DBT Representative
  3. Prof. Yogendra Singh, Dept. of Zoology, DU – External Expert
  4. Prof. Girdhar Pandey, Dept. of Plant Molecular Biology, DU - External Expert
  5. Dr. Shiv Kumar Sahdev, Principal, Shivaji College
  6. Dr. Darshan Malik, SCS Coordinator, Shivaji College
  7. Dr. Renu Baweja, SCS Convener, Dept. of Biochemistry, Shivaji College
  8. Dr. Jayita Thakur, SCS Co-convener, Dept. of Biochemistry, Shivaji College
  9. Dr. Anuradha Mal, SCS Convener, Dept. of Botany, Shivaji College
  10. Dr. Pratima Rani Sardar, SCS Co-convener, Dept. of Botany, Shivaji College
  11. Dr. P. K. Sahu, SCS Convener, Dept. of Chemistry, Shivaji College
  12. Dr. Nand Gopal Giri, SCS Co-convener, Dept. of Chemistry, Shivaji College
  13. Dr. Richa Arora, SCS Co-convener, Dept. of Chemistry, Shivaji College
  14. Dr. Deepika Yadav, SCS Convener, Dept. of Zoology, Shivaji College
  15. Ms. Nimita Kant, SCS Co-convener, Dept. of Zoology, Shivaji College
  16. All other faculty members of the departments of Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Zoology, Shivaji College