Mentorship Programme for Young Innovators launched

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh launched the first-ever Mentorship programme on November 8, 2021.


  • The mentorship programme was launched for Young Innovators for marking 75th Year of India’s independence.
  • This mentorship programme will help in promoting scientific temper among masses, by strengthening scientific research & innovation efforts in India.
  • The programme is a pan India Scheme, which envisages Star College in every district supported by Department of Biotechnology (DBT).

DBT-Star College Mentorship Programme

This programme will help towards the concept of networking, outreach and hand holding. It seeks to organize workshops, handhold at colleges particularly in rural areas, meetings per month and conduct outreach activities in government schools. These activities will enable new colleges that have started their journey under the scheme to come up in line with the mandate of Star college scheme.

Star College Scheme

Star Status Colleges will help in incorporating the vision of DBT for strengthening UG Science Courses by mentoring new colleges through hand-holding and peer learning. It will bring these colleges under the aegis of Star College Scheme.


Mentorship Programme of the Star Status Colleges under Star College Scheme is being organised in line with Prime Minister’s vision that “roadmap for the next 25 years will be determined by scientific & technological innovations and scientific prowess” across all walks of life.

How many colleges are under DBT Star College Scheme?

Currently, 278 undergraduate colleges in India are being supported under the DBT Star College Scheme. 55 colleges from rural areas and 15 colleges in Aspirational districts are being supported in just two years. Around 1.5 lakh students were supported in last five years.




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