DBT Star College


The Star College Scheme was initiated by DBT in 2008 to support colleges and universities offering undergraduate education to improve science teaching across the country. This Scheme was launched for improving critical thinking and encouraging ‘hands on’ experimental science at undergraduate level in basic science subjects. On a larger perspective, the scheme was initiated envisioning that it shall encourage more students to take up higher education in science. Through this scheme the Department identifies colleges with potential for excellence and provides support for developing infrastructure for academics and laboratory activities. This support is in turn expected to invigorate teaching and provide unique exposure of students to experimental science. Starting with a meagre 30 colleges in 2008, this pan India scheme has supported science departments in more than 300 colleges all over the country till date.

SGGSJ Government College, Paonta Sahib was selected under this scheme in 2019 with sanction order no. BT/HRD/11/010/2019 dated 05-03-2019

Three departments are covered under this scheme
1. Department of Botany
2. Department of Chemistry
3. Department of Zoology

Objectives: The objectives of the DBT Star College 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 provide better library facility to students and teachers
  • To promote networking and strengthen ties with neighbouring institutions and other laboratories
  • To conduct specialized training programmes for faculty improvement for optimizing technical capabilities
  • To increase capabilities of core instrumentation resources by procuring new equipment and upgrading 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) / kits for practicals.

Campus Pics




A one day industrial (educational) visit to Gurukul Kangari Pharmacy and Patanjali Haridwar on Nov. 29th, 2021was organised by Department of Chemistry of SGGSJ Govt College Paonta Sahib, under the star college scheme founded by DBT New Delhi. In this tour, 45 students and 3 teachers participated and started their journey from the college Campus at 7.30 AM by bus (Kashmi Travels). Students enjoyed their breakfast on the way. Bus reached the destination at 11.00 AM where students and teachers were welcomed by Sh.Vijender Choudhary (Official of Gurukul Kangri Pharmacy) followed by the visit to pharmacy plant. During the visit students were well explained about the whole pharmaceutical processes by the concerned staff of different units. Students showed keen interest in this reputed and one of the oldest pharmaceutical plant of the country.

After visiting the pharmacy, the whole group reached Patanjali Yogpeeth by 1.30 PM and visited the various departments there and also enjoyed the lunch in the Patanjali canteen.  There after students visited the ‘har ki pauri’ (Ganga Ghats) and the market around. The back journey started by 5:30 p.m. and reached the college campus by 9:20 p.m. after enjoying the tea and snacks on the way. It was a very well organised and fruitful visit as students learnt a lot and also enjoyed the time spent during the journey.

National Seminar “Biodiversity and Sustainable Development”  

organised by 

Department of Zoology and botany, SGGSJ Govt. College Paonta Sahib 

On 28.12.21 & 29.12.21 

Under Star College Scheme

The seminar was inaugurated by the Dr. A.K. Bhatt, Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. His inaugural address shed light on the importance of Biodiversity and its conservation. Dr. Jahid Ali Malik, Coordinator, Star College Scheme gave a brief introduction of Star College Scheme being implemented in the college. Seminar convener Dr. Ritu Pant briefed the delegates about the seminar. Thereafter the Souvenir of Seminar was released. The seminar was attended by about 75 participants from different universities and colleges of India in hybrid mode (offline and online). 100 students of BSc life sciences also attended the seminar.

Educational tour organized by Department of Botany

One day educational tour to Punjab University Chandigarh, Sukhna wild life sanctuary and Rock garden was organized by Deptt. of Botany , SGGSJ Govt . Degree College Paonta Sahib on 3.12.2021 under the proposal of Star College scheme submitted to DBT New Delhi. 

Two Days National Workshop on Floriculture

Two days national workshop on Floriculture 25-26th Feb. 2020 was organized by Deptt. of Botany under star college scheme proposal submitted to DBT, New Delhi.


A two day national workshop on “Food adulteration” was organized by the Department of Chemistry on 27th & 28th Sept 2019 under the star college scheme founded by DBT New Delhi. About 180 delegates (teaching faculty, research scholars and students) from different colleges and universities participated in the workshop.  


30th November, 2021

(Under DBT Sponsored Star College Scheme)

Organized by 

Department of Zoology 

SGGSJ Government College Paonta Sahib

Workshop on LPG Gas safety awareness conducted by Department of Chemistry under star college scheme (December 2019)