The Patkai Christian College (Autonomous) has become the first college in Nagaland to be selected for the implementation of the “Strengthening Component of Star College Program” by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.

The DBT has launched a scheme called “Star College Scheme for Strengthening of Science Education and Training at Undergraduate Level” to improve critical thinking and ‘hands-on’ experimental work at the undergraduate (college) level in sciences. The award will run for three years, with the mandate to support the strengthening of infrastructure for undergraduate-level science laboratories.

The Project Coordinator is Dr Kensibo Pamai, Assistant Professor at Patkai Christian College (Autonomous), and the Departmental Convenors are Dr T Moaienla Ao (Chemistry), Panchanan Thakur (Physics), Dr Zevelou Koza (Zoology), and Dr Thejanuo Rhetso (Botany). The funds for the project are meant for the creation of capital assets as well as general grant-in-aid during the three-year period.

Reacting to the news, Dr Thepfüvilie Pierü, Principal of Patkai Christian College (Autonomous), stated that the prestigious award with large funding will greatly augment and enhance the laboratory facilities of the Science Departments.

“This has come at a very appropriate and crucial time because the college will introduce the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020) in the present academic session (2024-25), which focuses strongly on multidisciplinary education that is affordable and accessible to all students,” he noted.

An important aspect of NEP 2020 can be fulfilled by the college through the generous funding provided by the Department of Biotechnology through their Star College Program, he added. He also congratulated Project Coordinator Dr Kensibo Pamai and all the faculty members of the Science Departments for achieving this important milestone.

The Star College Scheme is a pan-India initiative that envisions a Star College in every district of the country. It is expected to encourage more students to pursue higher education in science. The DBT will identify colleges with ambition and potential for excellence and provide academic and physical infrastructure for achieving excellence in teaching and unique exposure of students to experimental science.

Apart from financial support, colleges benefit tremendously from guidance received in Advisory Committee Meetings, mentoring, Task Force Meetings, and learning from peers in other colleges.

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