Star College Scheme has been initiated by DBT to support colleges and university department offering undergraduate education to improve science teaching. The programme aims to improve the skills of teachers by organising faculty training, unproved curriculam and emphasis on practical training to students by providing access to specialised infrastructure and consumables. Star College scheme has been divided into two catagories viz strengthening of support for undergraduate education and Star College Status. Criteria for selection as a “Star College” are very stringent and budget provision is double for colleges accorded star college status. So far 88 colleges have been supported under the strengthening support category. The support has strengthened physical infrastructure in laboratories, library, teaching aids and promoted networking with neighbouring institutes. Hands on training and project of day to day relevance have enhanced interest in students to pursue science courses at undergraduate level.
DBT granted STAR COLLEGE SCHEME to S. S. COLLEGE, Hailakand in the financial year 2013-14. All the science departments of our college are under the purview of the scheme. Our college performed various activities under Star College Scheme and also procured various scientific instruments, laboratory equipments, accessories, chemicals, glass wares, consumables, books etc. We have also organised workshops, invited lectures, Hands on trainings, Science Quiz Competition among the students of our college.
GLIMPSE OF STAR COLLEGE PROJECT AT S. S. COLLEGE, HAILAKANDI
The first phase i.e strengthening phase of prestigious star college project was sanctioned in the year 2012 to this college by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, New Delhi . It is boost to the science stream of the college to carryout different practical prescribed in the syllabus which were demonstrated earlier. Moreover, as part of star college activity, different eminent resource persons are invited in the college and the students of this localities are deriving the benefit of interaction with them.
Again the financial assistance from the DBT. Govt. of India under star college scheme provides a scope for the UG level science students to visit different research laboratory, situated in the country. On the other hand, this type of visit provides an opportunity to interact with different scientist working in different laboratories of national and international repute.
As part of star college acitivity, different science department organizes hands on training program and students from different science department can join these program as per their choice. By this type of activity, student get an opportunity to learn how to operate scientific instruments, on the other hand it provides a chance for the student to acquire inter disciplinary knowledge.
A number of books has been added to the departmental library under the financial support from DBT, sponsored star college, project. These books are made available to the student for their teaching learning activity. Again teachers are also consulting these for the up-gradation of their knowledge.
As part of star college activity, different science department strengthen its ties with neighbouring institute. Many student of the college can visit other nearby advanced institute for their needs even many students from other institute visits this institute to attend different lecture and training programme.