Star College Activities

Star College Activities under DBT sponsered Star College Initiative  


Six science departments of Ramnarain Ruia College are selected for Star College Program of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India form the year 2011-12 initally for a period of three years and extenedable for another two years. 


  • Botany 
  • Chemistry
  • Life Science
  • Microbiology
  • Physics
  • Zoology


Main objective of this program is to encourage more hands-on training to undergradute students by adding more individualized practical exercises, research oriented projects, summer training, project based learning, more use of ICT, getting regular student feedback etc.



Year 2011-2012

Year 2011-12 has been fruitful and successful year for Star College Scheme. Various programs were undertaken by the participating departments. Students were highly benefited by the program because of their exposure to various practical's and training modules which otherwise is not in their regular curriculum.  Visit of Dr. Suman Govil (Advisor, DBT) gave us a new direction for implementing various activities under the scheme. Many sophisticated as well as other regular instruments were purchased. Some major instruments have been listed here:




  • Motik's Trinocular Microscope with camera
  • Laminar Air flow cabinet
  • CAMAG high tech UV chamber
  • Digital Colorimeter


  • UV-VIS Spectrophotometer
  • Flame Photometer with filters for K, Na, Li, Ca
  • Karl Fischer

Life Sciences

  • Electrophoretic Apparatus
  • UV Transilluminator
  • Rotatory Microtome
  • Microscopes


  • Electro page model no.200
  • Computers


  • Hall effect Apparatus
  • Michelson's Interferometer
  • Ultrasonic Interferometer
  • Milikon's oil drop method
  • Hall effect appartatus
  • Poisulus method set


  • Refrigerated   Centrifuge
  • Trinocular Microscope with Camera
  • Electrophoresis apparatus (Horizontal & Vertical) with Transilluminator
  • Compound monocular Microscope

  First year progress report was submitted to DBT. First year progress meet was organized in G.N. Khalsa College, University of New Delhi on 30th & 31st of May 2012. Dr. Sunita Shailajan (Coordinator, Star College Scheme) represented Ruia college and delivered presentation on entire activities undertaken by Ruia college during the year. Secretary, advisor and few other eminent personalities from DBT delivered lectures in order to strengthen the program. They expected and suggested few points in order to make the program strong and benefit most UG students such as:

  • Regular meetings of the advisory committee
  • Networking of the departments and sharing of the resources
  • Evaluation on the basis of all departments
  • Differential progress amongst departments
  • Under performances and over performances of the departments
  • Involve students in the project activities
  • Fill the gap of practicals
  • Minimum six projects by each department
  • Need of Student Exchange program with some other College under Star College Scheme
  • Training program for teachers and students
  • Workshops for lab assistants regarding instrument maintenance and safety issues
  • Co-operative and collaborative programs
  • Talent Search Scheme, Innovative ideas, News letter

Recently a meeting of Research advisory committee and the coordinator was organized and all these points were taken into consideration.


Best measures would be taken for Strengthening the Star College Scheme for the coming year (2012-2013) so that more number of UG students can be benefited and they get exposure to research activities in context to industries.

Year 2012-2013

For the present year most of the departments have already started the modules. Head of the departments have prepared the schedule for the entire year which will soon be updated on the website and notice boards of the concerned department.


UG students are requested to contact HODs for the experimental modules and take maximum benefit of this prestigious scheme.




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