30th Anniversary Celebrations – Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India at St. Albert’s College, Ernakulam on January 13th and 14th. Dr. Babu Sebastian, Honourable Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam will inaugurate the celebrations.
DBT STAR COLLEGE SCHEME OVERVIEW
The Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, was established in February 1986, as a result of the visionary decision taken by the then Prime Minister, Shri. Rajiv Gandhi and as a sequel to the formation of the NBTB in 1982. Over the past 30 years, the Department of Biotechnology has administered research and implementation to tackle some of the most challenging bioscience questions and benefit the mankind. The DBT has funded research and implementation in multifarious areas like healthcare, agricultural and industrial, development of human resources in biosciences, creation of societal impact and creation of innovative and state-of-the-art facilities for R & D.
The Star College Scheme instituted by the DBT envisages holistic improvement of science education at under graduate level with special emphasis on improving the knowledge and skills of teachers and students through training programmes, provisions for hands-on-experience for students through laboratory infrastructure development and access to knowledge banks with strong support of books and journals including e-journal facilities. The Star College Scheme was awarded to St.Albert’s College in 2012 for a period of three years supporting five departments including Aquaculture, Botany, Chemistry, Physics and Zoology and after review by the DBT, extended for two more years up to 2017.
Implementation of the Scheme in the institution has had tremendous impact on the learning facilities with availability of state of art laboratory equipments for the students at the undergraduate level, increased number of books and journals in the library, subject knowledge improvement for faculty and students through Invited Lectures, Seminars and specialized training programmes and improvement in overall results leading to better higher learning opportunities for the students. Detailed update of the activities at St. Albert’s College is available at http://alberts.ac.in/dbt-star-college-scheme.
Dr. Edward Edezhath Retired Assistant Professor, Department of English, St. Albert’s College have been nominated by the Kerala State Government to the Syndicate of Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady. Congratulations to Dr. Edward Edezhath.
The St. Albert’s College Department of Social Work is organizing – “Vivekodayam – Talent Hunt” as part of the National Youth Day Celebrations. The National Youth Day Celebrations is organised on 12th January 2016 at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel Hall (EH), St. Albert’s College, Ernakulam. As part of National Youth Day Celebrations Vivkekodayam Talent Hunt department is organizing Battle of Brains – Quiz Competition on 11th January 2016 at 10 a.m in Room No. 114, Extempore – Speech Competition on 11th January 2016 at 11.30 a.m. in Room No. 114 and Art Attack – Painting Competition on 12th January 2015.
Prof. Harry Cleetus, Principal, St. Albert’s College inaugurated Ph.D. Course Work for the academic year 2015-2016. Dr. Jude Martin Mendez (Vice Principal), Dr. M L Joseph (UGC Coordinator), Dr. Alexander Mendez (Research Committee Convenor) addressed the gathering.