Delhi Universitys Hindu College has been selected for research funding under the Star College Scheme of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT),acting principal of the college,Dr Pradyumn Kumar said on Thursday.
Under the Scheme,four departments of the college Physics,Chemistry,Botany and Zoology will receive research funding from DBT,which functions under the Ministry of Science and Technology.
We received the communication this week,granting us status of a star college. The approval has been granted on the basis of presentations made by the faculty after the department invited entries from Delhi Zone colleges for the scheme. It comes as a great achievement for the college and our faculty, Dr Kumar said.
The Star College Scheme is a DBT initiative to improve infrastructure and academic capabilities in undergraduate colleges in order to promote research. Among Delhi University colleges,the Sri Venkateshwara College and Sri Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College had earlier been awarded Star College status under this scheme.
Only colleges which offer the UG courses concerned for a minimum of 10 years are considered under the scheme.
Selected colleges receive a one-time non-recurring grant,up to a maximum of Rs 10 lakh,for each science department (Botany,Zoology,Microbiology,Biochemistry,Physics and Chemistry),and recurring grant of Rs 2 lakh per year for consumables for two years,along with other funding.
The support will continue for another three years,based on performance.
This year,Hindu is the only college from Delhi Zone to be awarded under the scheme. The status will bring in substantial funding to the college for research,and will strengthen research at the undergraduate-level. Projects under the scheme will start as soon as the funding is received, Dr Kumar said.