Star College Scheme

The Departments of Botany, Zoology, Physics and Chemistry have been selected by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, for financial assistance under the Star College Scheme. The objective of the scheme is to strengthen Life Science and Biology education and training at the undergraduate level, thereby encouraging students to pursue a career in the Life Sciences. The scheme envisages

  • A substantial increase in the proportion of hands-on experimental work by students
  • Summer programmes, industrial visits and field visits for students
  • Improvement in access to books and journals
  • Upgrading the skills of the faculty through training programmes.

New and simple experiments have been added to the curriculum to make the learning process more experiment-oriented and equipment has been purchased to permit more students to individually handle both regular and relatively new experiments. The fund has enabled the concerned departments to organize field trips, guest lectures and workshops for both faculty and students. Using the funds from the scheme, the departments have also brought out laboratory/workshop manuals.

The Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India has accorded "Star Department Status" from October 2013 to all the undergraduate science departments supported.presently under the Star College Scheme of DBT.


Celebration of 30 Years  (1986-2016) of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.

DBT, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India is completing 30 years of its service in 2016. The Department has decided to celebrate 30 years of DBT through yearlong activities. A few colleges under Star College Scheme have been selected to conduct student centric activities. Stella Maris College is one of the two colleges selected from Tamil Nadu to organise such activities.

Stella Maris College is extremely happy to be part of this celebration and organise various programmes and events.