What’s in the news?
● Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology Dr Jitendra Singh
launched the first-ever Mentorship Programme for Young Innovators to mark the 75th Year of India’s independence.
● It is a pan India Scheme that envisages Star College in every district of the country
supported by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT).
● The DBT-Star College Mentorship Programme will help towards the concept of
networking, hand holding and outreach. The plan envisages organizing workshops,
meetings per month; handhold at colleges particularly in the rural areas or lesser
endowed areas and conduct outreach activities with government schools.
● The activities will enable newer colleges which have begun their journey under the
scheme to come up as per the mandate of Star college scheme. The Star Status Colleges
will help in incorporating the vision of DBT towards strengthening of UG Science
Courses throughout the country by mentoring the newer colleges through hand-holding
and peer learning and bringing them under the aegis of Star College Scheme.