NEW DELHI, November 8: Minister of State of the Union (Independent Charge) Science and Technology; Minister of State (Independent Officer) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Staff, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today launched the very first Mentorship Program for Young Innovators to mark the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government is taking a number of measures to promote the scientific temperament among the masses, especially the youth, by strengthening the scientific research and innovation efforts in the country. . He said it is a pan-Indian program that is considering Star College in every district of the country, supported by the Department of Biotechnology.
Dr Jitendra Singh said the DBT-Star College mentorship program will contribute to the concept of networking, empowerment and awareness. The plan foresees to organize workshops, meetings per month; take control of colleges, especially in rural or less well-endowed areas and carry out awareness-raising activities with public schools. He said the activities will enable new colleges that have started their journey under the program to run under the mandate of the Star College program. Star Status Colleges will help incorporate DBT’s vision towards strengthening UG science courses across the country by mentoring new colleges through hands-on and peer learning and placing them under the umbrella of the Star College Scheme, added the minister.
Speaking to students, faculty and principals at the launch event, Dr Jitendra Singh informed that the Star Status Colleges Mentorship Program under the Star College Scheme is in line with the Prime Minister’s speech on the independence day in which he stressed that the roadmap for the next 25 years will be determined by scientific and technological innovations and scientific prowess in all fields of life and called on young scientists to give the your. He added that this will only be possible with a very well articulated vision, mission and goals, guided by a well-defined set of strategies and a clearly defined implementation action plan.
Dr Jitendra Singh informed that a total of 278 undergraduate colleges across the country are currently supported under the DBT Star College program. He said the categorization of the program into urban and rural categories during the 2018-19 period ensured a level playing field for applicants from rural and urban areas of the country. He noted with satisfaction that at present, 55 middle schools in rural areas and 15 middle schools in Aspiration districts are supported under the program over a short period of two years.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that more than 1.5 lakh of students have been supported over the past five years and full support has also been provided to colleges participating in the Star College program. He said that this support is not limited to the purchase of equipment, but that the program also supports the training of teaching and laboratory staff, lectures given by eminent scientists, visits to research institutes and industry, etc. This kind of holistic support should create an environment for students to motivate themselves and pursue scientific studies, the minister added.
The Minister affirmed that there is a need to focus on an increasing number of beneficiaries in the human resource related programs such as the Star College program, the Skill Vigyan program (skills development program) in biotechnology, the training program industrial biotechnology and doctoral and postdoctoral and readmission programs. Programs and scholarships, and other similar programs.