Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
- quotes by John Wooden.


Department of Biotechnology

Government of India

Ministry of Science and Technology



The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) identifies colleges with ambition and potential for excellence and provides academic and physical infrastructure for achieving excellence in teaching and unique exposure of students to experimental sciences.


The objectives of the scheme are as follows:


  • To strengthen the academic and physical infrastructure for achieving excellence in teaching and training.
  • To enhance the quality of the learning and teaching process to stimulate original thinking through ‘Hands On” exposure to experimental work and participation in Summer Schools.
  • To promote networking and strengthen ties with neighbouring institutions and other laboratories.
  • To conduct specialized training programmes for the faculty improvement for optimizing technical capabilities.
  • To increase capabilities of core instrumentation resources by procuring new equipment and upgrading of existing facilities.
  • To provide access and exposure to students to research laboratories and industries in the country.
  • To help in devising standard curricula and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s)/ kit’s fro practicals.
  • To provide better Library facility to students and teachers.


The College had submitted a proposal for the STAR College scheme to DBT. Accordingly, in an Interaction meeting held on 28th November, 2013, the Expert Committee of DBT agreed to support the College under STAR College Scheme. It was decided by the Expert Committee to support the following departments:

  1. 1.      Biotechnology
  2. 2.      Chemistry
  3. 3.      Electronic Science
  4. 4.      Microbiology
  5. 5.      Physics
  6. 6.      Zoology


The Expert Committee sanctioned onetime Non Recurring Grant of Rs. 5.00Lakhs and Recurring Grant of Rs. 2.00Lakhs per year for a period of three years, in the first phase.



The Details of programmes to be conducted by the departments identified by DBT are as follows:



Add On Programmes

Skill Based Programmes

Faculty Knowledge Enhancement Programmes


Protein Separation Techniques

Plant Tissue Culture Techniques

Basic Course in Microscopy and Techniques

Blotting Techniques

Animal Cell Culture Techniques

Chick Fibroblast Culture

Basic Bioinformatics



Visits to National Laboratories and Industries

Basic Course in Bio-Physical and Analytical techniques

Advanced Techniques in Bio-Physical and Analytical techniques


Electronic Science

CAD for PCB Design and SMD Practices


Summer School on e-Content Development

Special Sensors and Transducers

Smart Instrumentation

PLC Training for Industrial Automation



Immunological Techniques

Pharmaceutical Techniques

Viable but Non Culturable Bacteria

Techniques in Molecular Biology




Nanomaterials and Nanosciences

Observational Astronomy

Lecture Series on World Space Week

Solar Photovoltaic’s

HAM Radio

Radiation Physics

Audio Recording


Scientific Model making



General Laboratory Methods

Methods in Cell Biology

Seminar on IPR Issues

Haematological Techniques

Techniques in Apiculture





Departmental Coordinator’s for the STAR College Programme:




Name of Coordinator





Dr. Dhanashri Godbole


Assistant Professor

Department of Biotechnology,

Fergusson College, Pune



Dr.Meenakshi Suresh

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry

Fergusson College, Pune


Electronic Science

Dr. Madhukar Zambre

Assistant Professor, Department of Electronic Science, Fergusson College, Pune



Dr.Suneeti Gore

Assistant Professor

Department of Microbiology

Fergusson College, Pune



Dr.Raka Dabhade

Assistant Professor

Department of Physics

Fergusson College, Pune



Dr. Anukriti Nigam

Assistant Professor

Department of Zoology

Fergusson College, Pune

Coordinator for DBT STAR College Scheme:

Dr. Sameer S. Terdalkar