Star College Scheme has been initiated by The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi to support colleges offering undergraduate education in order to improve science teaching across the country.
Maulana Azad College is the only college in Eastern India who bagged the STAR STATUS from DBT in 2017. Five Science Departments (Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology and Microbiology) are benefitted from this scheme for strengthening their academic and physical infrastructure and for achieving excellence in teaching and skill based hands-on- training.
Through this programme the departments try to impart its students to have the best human and professional values. The departments encourage students not only in their academic pursuit but also in their career prospects by giving impetus to their creative potentiality and their skill development. Consequently, they are placed in different universities for their higher education and big research institutes like TIFR, IISC, IITs, ISM, IACS, SINP, SNBNCBS, NCBS, NII, IISER etc in India and abroad.
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" I was part of the two-week long Science Programme organized by Maulana Azad College Chemistry Department and sponsored by DBT in 2011 where we were exposed to modern synthetic approaches. We handled modern reagents like Lawessone's Reagent in chemical synthesis of biomolecules and performed single pot multiple step synthesis. We also got to know about latest modes like Tandem reaction and role of azide chemistry in organic synthesis. Overall, it was a great learning curve for me and helped me immensely in my future endeavors namely my selection interview in BARC".
Ayon Mukherjee: Scientific Officer C
Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration & Research
Department of Atomic Energy, Jamshedpur
Alumnus of MAC Chemistry
"I remember having done a DBT project at the Physics Department on an approach to find the terminal velocity of a raindrop which is falling as well as coalescing/ dispersing. I had given a seminar on how the Earth's magnetic field is generated and trying to understand the fluctuations in the field. It had been a very enriching and a pleasant experience during my undergraduate! I'm grateful to the faculties as well as thankful to DBT for this opportunity".
Saptarshi Dasgupta, JRF
Simons Centre for the Study of Living Machines
National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore
Alumnus of MAC Physics
"The DBT STAR College programmes ignited the passion for Science in me. I was involved in a STAR College project on finding out the molecular basis of pesticide resistance of a certain soil bacterium which eventually got published in an indexed and peer reviewed national journal, these real-life research works gave me a first-hand experience of working in a research lab. The other scientific lectures and projects allowed me to move seamlessly into the world of science. I hope the programme continues at Maulana Azad College pushing the young brains into scientific career.".
Nilanjan Banerjee, SRF
Biomolecular NMR and Drug Design Lab
Dept. of Biophysics
Bose Institute, Kolkata
Alumnus of MAC Microbiology
"During our under-graduate studies, it was always helpful to have an exposure to the lecture sessions and hands-on-trainings conducted under DBT Star college programme. It helped to understand the basic concepts of our subject better and thus guided us to our higher studies and research life. I sincerely appreciate the purpose and efforts made by DBT Star college scheme".
MetaBioSys Lab, Department of Biological Sciences
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal
Alumnus of MAC Zoology