DBT-Star College Mentorship Programme

Department of Biotechnology- Star College Mentorship Programme was launched to commemorate India’s 75th anniversary of independence. This programme was created to support the concepts of networking and outreach.


This program aims to promote the scientific temperament of young people in the country. The program has plans to create Star Colleges in each district. This is a program of PAN (Present across Nation) India. This program is useful for holding in the field of study, networking, and developing the concept of reach. The program also organizes workshops, conferences, hands-on at local universities, and outreach activities at public schools.

It helps new universities develop according to the mission of the Star College scheme. The Star College scheme was founded by DBT in the year 2008. Under it universities are supported in improving science education. It aims to improve students’ critical thinking and promote hands-on experience in undergraduate courses. Ultimately, the Star College scheme was created with the aim to increase the number of students taking science courses. From the month of November, 2021, about 278 universities will be supported by this program.

Objectives of this scheme

This scheme looks to strengthen academic and physical infrastructure to achieve education and educational excellence. To improve learning and education quality. Stimulates original thinking. Also looks to allow better access to the library facilities. Strengthen relationships with foreign institutions. Development of standard curriculum and standard operating procedures for practice. To improve student access to the laboratory and special training programs for the teachers of the country.

About Start College

DBT Star College’s mentorship program consists of two components. Three years of support will be provided as part of the enhancement component. The task force or committee then evaluates the performance of the program or university in which the program is taking place. “Star status” is awarded based on his performance. If the performance does not meet a satisfactory level, the supplementary funds will be extended for another two years. As part of the Star College program, DBT recognizes universities of potential excellence and supports the development of infrastructure for academic and laboratory activities.

Need for this scheme

According to UNESCO, youth enrolment in science is steadily declining. The 1999 Budapest Declaration emphasized the importance of science education to all. India lags behind science-based research as the nation has only 140 researchers per million people. On the other hand, in developed countries like the United States, there are 4,651 researchers per million.