Star College Scheme for Strengthening of UG Science
Star College Scheme has been initiated by DBT 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. 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. Department has supported around 200 undergraduate colleges across the country in the past 9 years. Apart from financial support, colleges have benefited tremendously from guidance received in Advisory Committee Meetings, mentoring, Task Force Meetings and learning from peers in other colleges.
- To strengthen the academic and physical infrastructure for achieving excellence in teaching and training.
- 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.
- To promote networking and strengthen ties with neighbouring institutions and other laboratories
- To conduct specialized training programmes for faculty improvement for optimizing technical capabilities
- To increase capabilities of core instrumentation resources by procuring new equipment and upgrading existing facilities
- To provide access and exposure to students to research laboratories and industries in the country
- To help in devising standard curricula and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) / kits for practicals.
- To provide better library facility to students and teachers
Star College Scheme has been divided into two categories viz. first, strengthening of support to science departments for undergraduate education and second, grant of Star College Status. Criteria for selection as a “Star College” are very stringent and budget provision is double for colleges accorded Star College Status.
List of Star Status Colleges
List of Colleges supported under strengthening component
At present, there are 20 colleges from “Rural” and 96 from “Urban” category that have been supported under Star College Scheme.
Some Success Stories:
1. Colleges have been able to considerably enhance quality of practical training in terms of conducting number of experiments that could not be performed earlier due to non-availability of equipments or expensive chemicals, demonstrations have been changed to practicals & practicals have been extended to projects. The colleges have been able to procure multiple copies of basic equipments like compound microscopes, pH meters, colorimeters, computers for mat labs, hand-held LCR meters, that has enabled the students to perform experiments individually. The optimized research environment has encouraged students to opt for minor projects along with the regular class room teaching.
2. To augment the capabilities of undergraduate teachers, Department has also funded a project to IISER, Pune for conducting “Multi-level Workshop on Research – based Pedagogical Tools to Improve Undergraduate Science Education in Indian Colleges and Universities”. Multi-level workshops organized under this program will help in training of approximately 900 Star College teachers across all over India. The workshops would be designed to train teachers to use Research Based Pedagogical Tools (RBPT) in the classrooms to augment critical thinking and research skills. These workshops will help disseminate locally developed innovative methods in pedagogy and would be drivers for improving the quality of undergraduate science education by reaching a large number of teachers across the country. Applications for each such workshop will be invited from UG Science teachers below 45 years of age having Masters Degree in any branch of Science plus 10 years of teaching experience or PhD in any branch of science with 5 years of teaching experience along with a statement of purpose about why they want to enrol in the workshop. For the resource persons, British Council will invite application from organizations engaged in science education in the UK to conduct these workshops. These workshops will be supported via funding from DBT and Newton Bhabha Fund of the British Council. We had also evolved a mechanism to popularize several teaching aids and manuals by the means of e-resources and SOPs developed by the participating colleges viz. Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University and Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai, for evaluation of Lab-Manuals and SOPs by different colleges. This activity has been initiated and financially supported under the Star College Scheme This is very valuable as it shall help in the compilation of the protocols in a uniform format for individual subjects and publication and access on DBT website for by all the colleges.
Concerned Officer for more information
|Programme Head||Dr. Meenakshi Munshi, Adviser|
|Programme Officer||Dr Garima Gupta Scientist E|