About Star College

About Star College

 Star college scheme for strengthening of life science and biotechnology education and training at undergraduate level

1. Introduction:

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 In the cutting edge-technologies needed for modern biological studies at undergraduate (college) level in life sciences. It is hoped that as a result of such experiences, more students will take up life science as a career.

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 colleges that successfully implement the strategy will be considered as life science 'Star Colleges'

2. Objectives :

  • 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 of 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

3.Eligibility to qualify for star college:

  • College should have completed minimum 10 years in offering UG courses in the specified subjects 

  • Minimum 4-5 UG courses in basic life science such as botany, zoology, applied life science, microbiology, physiology / biochemistry, biotechnology etc. and 1-2 applied course/PG diploma courses or minimum two honours course in any discipline of life sciences at undergraduate level.

  • About 5-6 permanent faculty in each science department and minimum 3 faculty with Ph.D.

  • Independent laboratories for practical to accommodate at least 10-15 students at a time 

  • Lecture halls/rooms for theory classes with minimum  capacity for  20-25 students at a time 

  • Basic  infrastructure and facilities in laboratories and library 

  • LCD / overhead projection facilities 

  • Computers with internet access 

  • Any other relevant additional information 

4.Activities to be performed as part of star college:

For  faculty 

  • Faculty improvement programme 

  • Participation in Summer courses for skill upgradation to be able to train students.

  • Curriculum change to ensure more, 'hands - on' laboratory work

  • Greater emphasis on communicating research and research process to students 

  • Introduce internal review process by students 

  • Feedback from students regarding competence of faculty,  adequacy of   teaching / laboratory environment and additional needs, if any

  • Continue to think and assess use of funds to improve teaching / learning 

  • Any other relevant additional information

For students 

  • Students training through summer training, industry visits.

  • use of IT in classroom, laboratory and library activities 

  • Inclusion of techniques for 'hands - on' training 

  • Any other relevant additional information

5. Nature of financial assistance:

One time non recurring grant up to a maximum of   Rs. 10 lakhs for each science department (botany, zoology, microbiology, biochemistry, physics, chemistry) and recurring grant of Rs. 2 lakhs / year for consumables, Rs. 1 lakh/year for contingency to cover expenses on visiting faculty, guest lectures, seminars etc. for each department will be provided initially for a period of 2 years. continuation of support for another 3 years will be based on evaluation of performance.

6.Who can apply:

To apply, the college must be Government or Government aided, autonomous and among the top three life science undergraduate programmes in the city ( state). 

7. How to apply :

15 copies of duly filled proforma forwarded through head of institute should be sent to the respective regional coordinator.

8.Mode of selection :

Applications will be invited through advertisement on DBT website, direct correspondence with potential colleges, nominations by vice chancellors etc. in a specified format. Consideration will be given to regional requirements, women's colleges, autonomous colleges etc. Applications will be screened by an expert committee and site visit, if required, will be undertaken to arrive at final decision. Decision of peer committee will be final. 

9. How to measure success:

DBT will measure progress of star colleges by following parameters:

  • Substantial increase in proportion of 'hands on' experimental work by students.

  • Increased access of undergraduate students to laboratory and bioinformatics infrastructure 

  • Improvement in access to life sciences related journals 

  • Summer schools 

  • Percentage of students pursuing life science as a career 

  • Measure effectiveness on the basis of  feedback from students, faculty and employers of students



Proforma for submission of Application for Star College


Information about existing  facilities and programmes: 




Section-A : General Information


Name of the College


Complete postal address with Pin-Code


Name of the Principal

Telephone No. with STD Code 

Fax No.


Website (URL)


Location of College

  1. Urban

  2. Rural

  3. Tribal


Age of the College

  1. 10-25 years

  2. 26-50 years

  3. 51-75 years

  4. 76-100 years


Affiliated to which university


Status about affiliation

  1. Permanent

  2. Temporary 


Name of Department (Subject wise)

Name of  Contact Person

  1. Name of Degree Course

  2. Date of start of Course

  1. Designation :

  2. Complete Address :

  1. Phone :

  2. Email :


Name of Programme Coordinator

  1. Designation :

  2. Complete Address :

  1. Phone :

  2. Email :

Section-B: Infrastructure



DepartmentTotal expenditure 

during the past three years

  1. PhysicsList of equipment

  2. ChemistryName

  3. BotanyNo.

  4. Zoologyyear of purchase

  5. Computer

  6. Biochemistry 

  7. Microbiology




  1. Are there separate departmental libraries other than the Central Library



  1. Indicate the total Amount spent during the last three years


Computer Internet Facility


a) No. of lecture halls

b) No. of laboratories

Section-C: Faculty


Details about teachers in each science department

  1. Number, Name

  2. Permanent 

  3. Temporary

  4. Part Time

  5. Adhoc/Re-employed

  6. Qualification

  7. Area of specialization 

  8. And list of publications in last five years

  9. R&D projects received from different funding agencies indicating title, cost, duration, date of sanction, name of funding agencies.


Details about in service training for teachers:

Address a) – c) and give additional 

inputs,  if any 

Number attended during last five years under the following

  1. Orientation Course (ASC/Identified Deptt/College)

  2. Refresher Course

  3. Conferences/Symposia/Seminar/Workshop

Section-D: Students


Student Details

  1. Student statistics for last 5 years

    1. S.No.

    2. Year

    3. No. of seats

    4. Mode of selection

    5. No. of students admitted

    6. No. of students passed out

    7. Category G, SC, ST, OBC

    8. Sex M/F

b)Do students under-take a summer training/research project? If yes, what is the duration

c)Provide the list of projects under-taken items by students in last 2 years along with institution :

Section-E : Curriculum



  1. Enclose copy of curriculum

  2. List of the practical experiments in the curriculum actually done by the students and practical demonstrated.

  3. When was the last exercise for curriculum revision undertaken?

  4. Specialization of the course


  • PART- B: 

Technical details of the proposed programme :

  1. One page executive summary indicating relevance and expected outcome

  2. Specific objectives

  3. Measures to be adopted to enhance bench skills of students, project work, summer training & industrial training

  4. Measures to be undertaken to upgrade skills of faculty by participation in faculty improvement programme

  5. Appropriate modifications proposed in curriculum to cover laboratory exposure to students and IPR & biosafety issues (details thereof) 

  6. Techniques to be included for hands on training to students

  7. Involvement of visiting faculty (details of lecture & practicals to be covered)

  8. Timelines for activities listed at iii-v in each academic session indicating no. of proposed courses, no. of beneficiaries

  9. Name of contact persons with address, email, phone etc. 

PART- C:  

Budget requirements :

(Rs. in lakhs)


Ist Year

IInd Year

IIIrd Year

IV th


V th



Non  recurring :

Equipments, accessories etc.) indicate itemwise cost 





(as per rules)