The Department of Life Sciences was sanctioned support under the strengthening component of the DBT star college scheme by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India (Sanction No: BT/HRD/11/06/2020) during April 2020.
Star College Scheme has been initiated by DBT to support colleges and universities offering undergraduate education to improve science teaching across the country. Through the scheme DBT focuses on improving critical thinking and 'hands on' experimental work at undergraduate (college) level in sciences by partnering with colleges with ambition and potential for excellence. The scheme is expected to encourage, more students to take up higher education in science. The scheme provides support for academic and physical infrastructure for achieving excellence in teaching and unique exposure of students to experimental science.
The scheme will commence from the academic year 2020-2021 and all students of B.Sc. Biotechnology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Botany and Genetics will be part of the skill training.
Inauguration of DBT Star College Scheme
Date: 05. 12. 2020
The Department of Life Sciences of Kristu Jayanti College was sanctioned support under the strengthening component of the DBT star college scheme during April 2020, a proud moment for the college as well as the Department of Life Sciences. Under the scheme the Department of Life Sciences will be provided support for academic and physical infrastructure for achieving excellence in teaching and unique exposure of students to experimental science. The scheme has commenced from the academic year 2020-2021 and all students of B.Sc. Biotechnology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Botany and Genetics are a part of the skill training
The formal inauguration of the DBT star college scheme was conducted on 5th December, 2020 at 9.15 a.m. in the virtual mode using the zoom platform. Dr. Jagadish Mittur, Former Principal Consultant in the Biotechnology Facilitation Cell (BFC) at KITS (Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society), Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka was the guest of honour during the ceremony. He inaugurated the Scheme in the gracious presence of Dr. Fr. Augustine George, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College, Dr. Calsitus Jude, Dean, Faculty of Sciences, Dr. Elcey CD, Head, Department of Life Sciences, Fr. Deepu Parayil, Faculty, Department of Life Sciences and Dr. Dileep Francis, Coordinator, DBT star College Scheme, Kristu Jayanti College. Students from various undergraduate programmes at the Department of Life Sciences, Kristu Jayanti College witnessed the inauguration with zeal and enthusiasm. The inaugural address by Dr. Mittur on the topic ‘Careers and Marriages: The Drama of Genes, not Jeans’ was intriguing and inspiring. The topic was related to Human Genetics, which deals with the composition and dynamics of the human genome and tries to understand how similarities and differences in the genome architecture drive phenotypic variability. Human genetics has been successful in delineating genetic components that lead to disease, well-being, longevity and behaviour. Through his inaugural address Dr. Jagadish introduced the subtle yet powerful influence that genetics and its application can have on the well-being of society, especially in preventing congenital disorders in kids. The student community felt that his talk inspired them to dwell more into the aspects of human genetics and to consider it as a career choice. Many of them shared the feeling that the talk helped them realise the importance of genetics in the overall welfare of families and the society.