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DBT Star College

“Star College Scheme” has been initiated by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt of India to support colleges and university departments offering undergraduate education to improve science teaching. The programme aims to improve the skills of teachers by organising faculty training, improved curriculum and emphasis on practical training to students by providing access to specialised infrastructure and consumables. In 2018, DBT under Star College Scheme has sanctioned a sum of Rs 1.04 crores for three years for strengthening of Life Science and Biotechnology Education and Training at undergraduate level for five departments of our college i.e. Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, Electronics and Mathematics.
January 2018
Industry Academia Workshop
An industry-academia interaction program was organised on January 9, 2018 under the aegis of DBT-Star College Scheme for presentation cum demonstration of safe handling, manufacturing process of Borosilicate glass, Calibration of glassware, do's and don’ts in laboratory and proper uses of glassware in laboratory by experts from “BOROSIL” company.

February 2018

Hands-on-Workshop on the Introduction and Applications of UV-Visible Absorption Spectroscopy Organized by Department of Chemistry, DDUC (Under the aegis of DBT Star College Scheme) on February 20, 2018
Programme Schedule
A Hands-on-Workshop on the Introduction and Applications of UV-Visible Absorption Spectroscopy was organized by the Department of Chemistry, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College (University of Delhi) under the aegis of DBT Star College Scheme on February 20, 2018. It constituted of a key note lecture on the topic “UV-Visible Absorption Spectroscopy” by Dr. Vinod Kumar, guest speaker and resource person for the day. The lecture was followed by a Hands-on-session in which students from various science courses of the college participated.
Summary of the Event
The event started with brief introduction of DBT Star College Scheme by Dr. S. K. Garg, Principal. After that, Dr. Vinod enlightened the audience with the keynote lecture on UV-Visible Spectroscopy. Lecture was attended by a total number of 85 students and 13 faculty members of the college. The main key points of the lecture were:-
1. Different spectroscopic techniques
2. Electromagnetic spectrum
3. Absorption spectroscopy- its principle and working
4. Instrumentation and Applications of UV-Visible absorption spectroscopy
The lecture was concluded with a demonstration by Dr. Vinod Kumar using a portable VISIBLE spectrophotometer. He conducted an analysis using solutions of different concentrations of potassium permanganate and showed their respective spectra’s. 
After the lecture, the Hands-on-Workshop was conducted in the chemistry research lab of the Department in which a total of 32 students participated. It was conducted in batches of five students each. Resource persons Dr. Jyoti, Dr. Nityanand Agasti, Dr. Reema Chhabra and Dr. Chetna Angrish conducted this workshop. The participants acquired the skills of using a Spectrophotometer and understood its principle and its working. The experiment was conducted by all the students with the help of different samples and the data was recorded by the experimentalists. The workshop was concluded with a valedictory ceremony.

National Science Day 2018

A Poster titled “Synthetic Seeds: A promising method to conserve endangered plant species” by Priya Singh Kushwaha and Kritika Bahuguna, both of B.Sc. (H) Botany 1st year, (prepared under the aegis of DBT Star College Scheme) was selected for National Science Day 2018 celebration organized by ‘Indian National Science Academy’, Delhi, ‘Indian Academy of Sciences’, Bengaluru and the University of Delhi on February 28, 2018 at INSA, Delhi. Two student projects (prepared under the aegis of DBT Star College Scheme) were selected for National Science Day 2018 celebration organized by ‘Indian National Science Academy’, Delhi, ‘Indian Academy of Sciences’, Bengaluru and the University of Delhi on February 28, 2018 at INSA, Delhi.

  • “IoT based Real Time Gas Concentration Monitoring and safety Alarm System” by Pawan Kumar Mishra (B.Sc. (H) Electronics 3rd year) and Manish (B.Sc. (H) Electronics 2nd year).
  • “Spybot and Autonomous Path Follower PROTOBOT” by Praveen Kumar Gond (B.Sc. (H) Electronics 3rd year) and Praveen Kumar Chaturvedi (B.Sc. (H) Electronics 3rd year). 
Sneha Bisht, Abhay Verma of B.Sc (Hons.) Zoology II year and Rohan Bahl, B.Sc (Hons.) Zoology I year were selected for a project presentation (prepared under the aegis of DBT Star College Scheme) on “Effects of different acoustic treatments on growth & biosynthetic capabilities of unicellular & multicellular forms” in National Science Day 2018 celebration organized by ‘Indian National Science Academy’, Delhi, ‘Indian Academy of Sciences’, Bengaluru and the University of Delhi on February 28, 2018 at INSA, Delhi.
Under the aegis of DBT Star College Scheme, Deepika Pawar and Kavita of B.Sc (Hons.) Zoology II year participated and won 1st prize in the debate competition on “Scientific Issues for Development of a Nation” in National Science Day 2018 celebration organized by ‘Indian National Science Academy’, Delhi, ‘Indian Academy of Sciences’, Bengaluru and the University of Delhi on February 28, 2018 at INSA, Delhi.
March 2018
An Industrial Visit to Yakult Danone India Pvt. Ltd., Sonepat, Haryana was organized under the aegis DBT Star College Scheme on March 10, 2018. Students of B.Sc (Hons.) Electronics Semester II, IV and VI along with six faculty members visited the plant and had an exposure to the automation of the plant. Thirty eight students of B.Sc (Hons.) Zoology Semester IV and VI and B.Sc (P) Life Sciences Semester VI and six teaching and non-teaching faculty visited the factory.
A total of 62 Students from B.Sc. Chemistry Hons and B.Sc. Physical Sciences with Chemistry from all the years 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The students were accompanied by teachers of Department of Chemistry. Yakult is a probiotic dairy product made by fermenting a mixture of skimmed milk with a special strain of the bacterium Lactobacillus casei Shirota (LcS). LcS was discovered by Dr.Minoru Shirota, a Japanese scientist in 1930. A single bottle of Yakult has 6.5 Billion LcS. Yakult is a probiotic drink which is maily used for digestion and Its production comprise of many complex processes i.e. The first area was the Seed room where skimmed milk powder, sugar, glucose in hot water are allowed to ferment at 37degees for 3- 4 days with an innoculum  of LcS bacteria in sterile conditions which is tested and given OK tag for further proceedings. Next was the Culture Mixing Room where the fermented seed is given its homogeneous liquid form by adding sugar syrup, chilled water and other ingredients in Blending tanks. Next was the laboratory were all the materials before and after processing are approved by more than 100 safety tests. Next the Bottling and Filling area where all processes like production of bottles, labelling, filling ,capping and packaging are automated. Each batch of Yakult is monitored for 24 hours before it is dispatched for sale. The visit was then followed by a lecture by the members of Yakult family about its various uses and benefits to human body. After the presentation free samples of their probiotics were distributed among the students. The taste was sweet and tasty inspite of its medical subject. Students and Teachers enjoyed the visit and learnt various things about how productions at such a large scale happen and how the bacterias such as LcS are used for digestion purposes.
Faculty Development Program on Biostatistics: Theoretical and Practical Aspects (14.03.2018 – 18.03.2018)
A five day Faculty Development Program on Biostatistics was organized by Department of Mathematics and Department of Botany from 14th April to 18th April 2018 under the aegis of DBT Star College Scheme. A total of 40 candidates participated in this program including teachers and research scholars from different colleges of University of Delhi and other universities like Banaras Hindu University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Kurukshetra University, GGSIP University, Sharda University, Lucknow University, National Institute of Immunology, Delhi Technological University, Govt. College for Women. A total of 10 candidates from Mathematics, 13 from Botany, 5 from Environmental Sciences, 5 from Statistics, 3 from Zoology, 2 from Immunology, 1 from IUCN and 1 from NGO have participated in the program. 
April 2018
A Science Academies’ Lecture Workshop entitled “Role of Epigenetics in Health and Diseases” was organized from April 5-6, 2018 under the aegis DBT Star College Scheme.
Prof. Madan Mohan Chaturvedi convened the event and Dr. Sudhir Verma served as the coordinator. The event included lecture sessions by the following eminent scientists and fellows of the Science Academies:
  • Prof. Madan Mohan Chaturvedi, Department of Zoology, University of Delhi
  • Prof. Pramod C. Rath, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Prof. Shantanu Chowdhury, Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology
  • Dr. Beena Pillai, Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology 
Academic Excursion to The Energy And Resources Institute (TERI)
Gururgram, Haryana  (13th April, 2018) Under DBT Star College Scheme
Department of Botany had organised a one day academic excursion to The Energy And Resource Institute (TERI), Gual Pahari, Gurugram on 13th April, 2018. A total of 76 Students from B.Sc.(H) Botany and B.Sc. Life Sciences, 5 Teachers and 2 Non-teaching staff visited the place. Lush Green Campus of TERI is beautifully designed, green forested area with some cutting edge research activities and facilities as well as Self Sustainable Green  RETREAT close to mother nature. This RETREAT training complex uses no  power  from  the  Grid and is a unique model of Solar Energy, Waste and Water  resource - use  efficiency producing  no waste, with all the waste water  and  sewage being treated organically by the plants roots techniques specially  chosen  for  the purpose,  Heating and cooling with EAT tunnels technology ,tour to Herbal / Medicinal Garden  and Vermi Composting unit. The visit gave an opportunity to the students to see all the state of the art technologies involved to provide  sustainable environment and development, but most importantly, the students were exposed in an atmosphere where the air is clear,  the  sky is blue and there is lush greenery all around.
Three Days Workshop on Cyber Security
Department of Electronics, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College (University of Delhi) Organized Three Days Workshop on Cyber Security Under the Aegis of DBT Star College Scheme during April 13-15, 2018 at ICT Centre, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College
Theme of the Workshop - India is the global hub of IT and business process outsourcing. With exports of USD 53 billion in software and services and the industry projected to generate revenues of about USD 73 billion in the current year, this sector is expected to grow to the level of USD 225 billion by the year 2020. But, for this certain revolutionary steps are critically required. These include development of IT & Communication infrastructure and the education system that produces skilled manpower who can be readily deployed. Besides, to establish a strong data protection culture and legal regime in the country, India needs to develop global best practices of data security and privacy protection and encourage the companies to implement the same. This is because the threat landscape is changing, new technologies give rise to newer vulnerabilities in the applications and are exploited by criminals to commit cyber crimes. Cyber crimes, therefore, need to be given an effective response. We need to train not only our law enforcement agencies including police, public prosecutors and judiciary, but also to create awareness on cyber security and cyber crimes among the people at large. The proposed three day workshop on cyber security is a small step towards this distant objective. The faculty / trainers engaged for this workshop are thorough professionals of their domain and are experts both in licensed and open source software used for this purpose. The workshop intends to give a comprehensive information about the issues and tools and techniques to resolve them through practical / hands on training. We sincerely hope that the participants shall be deeply benefited by undergoing this specialized training.
Resource Person - Mr. Nishant Sharma covered
Network Security- Firewalls and AAA - Firewall- Fundamentals of firewall-based security, Firewall Types, Firewall capabilities, Firewall Limitations, Firewall architecture, Packet filters, Application gateway, proxy servers
Type of attacks handled best by Firewall: Denial of Service (DoS), Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS); Latest trends in firewall design, Examples of contemporary firewall and data sheets, third generation firewalls, IPV6 based design
AAA framework – Data Center & client end; Unified Threat Management (UTM) module: firewall + IPSEC from single platform
IPSEC - TCP/IP Stack, IP Packetization and fragmentation, Introducing IPSec, Tunnel Mode, Transport mode of IPSec, Protection provided by Authentication Header, Authentication modes, AH processing for outbound and inbound messages, Auditing and Threat mitigation, Encapsulating Security Payload, RFC 2406
Virtual Private Networks - Need for VPNs for network security, leased lines vs VPN –what is good for network security, GRE tunnels as VPN: Case study, Security capabilities in VPN
Wirelesses Security - Fundamentals of wireless based network security, Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), Wireless security in current cellular networks
Authentication Security - Authentication based on shared security key, Authentication using a key distribution center, Authentication using Kerberos 
Resource Person - Col (Retd.) H K Trivedi covered
Public Key Cryptography: E-mail security: PGP, PEM, S/MIME, Web Security - DNS Spoofing, Secure DNS, SSL; Active X, Java Script; Steganography ; Digital Signatures; PKE Infrastructure and framework; Cryptology – Basic principles of cryptology algorithms, MD5 (Now compromised) , SHA-1, DES, Triple DES, AES 
Resource Person - Mr. Vikas Sharma covered
Application oriented Security for Data at Rest - SCADA Systems, Security Breaches across world, Database Security, IPTables / Advanced Security Measures, File Systems Security Policy, Web applications / VPN / Access for Offensive /Defensive Applications, Web Crawling & its nuances


Educational Visit to Department of Biophysics, University of Delhi South Campus On 23.04.2018
The Department of Mathematics of DDUC took the students for Educational visit to Biomathematics Lab to attend workshop on mathematical Biology organized by Biomathematics Forum, Department of Biophysics and Department of Mathematics, University of Delhi, South Campus on 23rd April 2018. A total of 34 students with 4 teaching staff visited the place.
About the workshop- One day workshop on Mathematical Biology was an orientation program for the Undergraduate students. 
Aim of the workshop- To provide students an overview of how mathematics can be linked and applied to biology, e.g. application of linear and nonlinear differential equations in biology, probabilistic/stochastic modelling of biological phenomena. The idea was to motivate students to pursue career in mathematical biology and related fields. The workshop consisted of lectures and hands on tutorials on MATLAB. In tutorials students were given small mathematical problems related to biology how mathematics makes the complicated biological problems to understand in an easy way. Prof. Subhendu Ghosh and Prof. Patrick Das Gupta delivered their talks on understanding biology through mathematics.
May 2018
Workshop on Ionic Equilibrium through Experiment (A three day outreach activity for school students) organized by Department of Chemistry & Science Foundation, DDUC (Under the aegis of DBT Star College Scheme) during May 14-16, 2018
A three day workshop on 'Ionic Equilibrium through Experiment' was held under the DBT star college outreach program by the Department of Chemistry, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College between 14th to 16th May 2018. Twenty seven students of class eleven from Bal Bharti Public School, Dwarka participated in the workshop. The workshop involved a transacting the concepts through learning by doing, the Discovery Approach. The pedagogy involved was a new one different from the conventional method of teaching Science. The event started with a brief introduction about the necessity of outreach activity by Dr. S. K. Garg, Principal, DDU College. He also apprised students about the DBT star college scheme. Further, students were divided into six groups; they were made to do a series of experiments according to a scheme that has been evolved to cover the concepts of this important topic of Chemistry. At various stages as per the scheme, the results were compiled on the board, collectively discussed and analysed to arrive at the concepts. The concepts covered were 1) Classification of substance as electrolytes and non-electrolytes using conductance as tool, 2) Ionisation, 3) Equivalence in Chemistry, 4) pH of water, acids, bases and change in pH on dilution using pH paper, universal indicator and pH meter, 5) Ionic product of water, 6) Common ion effect, 7) Strong and weak electrolytes through conductance, titration and pH measurements, 8) Dissociation constant of weak acid through pH measurements. Skills taught were weighing, making standard solution, titration and use of pH meter. Students worked very enthusiastically, not just in doing the experiments, but participating in the discussion to understand the concepts. As a result so many new concepts could be covered in a very short duration.  
Coordinators – Dr. Ratna, Dr. Shashi Saxena
Resource persons - Dr. Ratna, Dr. Shashi Saxena, Dr. Mahaveer and Dr. Amreeta Preetam
Two Days Hands-on Workshop on Molecular Techniques Under the aegis of DBT Star College Scheme organized during 23-24th May, 2018
The Department of Botany under the aegis of DBT STAR COLLEGE SCHEME organized Two days ‘Hands-on workshop on Molecular techniques’ for the undergraduate students of our college on 23-24th May, 2018. The program aimed at providing hands on training of molecular biology techniques viz. DNA isolation, PCR technique and gel electrophoresis to the students. In these two days, a batch of 21 students isolated DNA by spooling method, amplified DNA by putting polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in thermocycler, prepared agarose gel, loaded the PCR amplified products onto the gel, ran the gel and finally visualized the amplicons using transilluminator. These techniques have wide applications in genetic fingerprinting, detection and diagnosis of genetic and infectious diseases, personalized medicines etc. Thus hands on experience of these techniques will give the participants a breakthrough in their research endeavors.
June 2018
Two Days Hands-on Workshop on “Immuno-techniques, based on Antigen-Antibody (Ag-Ab) Interactions” organized by Department of Zoology, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College under the aegis of DBT Star College Scheme
June 13-14, 2018
A two-day Hands-on Workshop on “Immuno-techniques, based on Antigen-Antibody (Ag-Ab) Interactions” was organized for students of B.Sc. (Hons.) Zoology and B.Sc. Life Sciences of our own college by Department of Zoology, Deen Dayal Uapdhyaya College (university of Delhi) under the aegis of DBT Star College Scheme on June 13-14, 2018. A total of 20 students were registered for the workshop out of which 16 students could attend the same. The workshop was intended to provide a hands-on experience to students about immunological techniques being taught in theory but not practically, due to lack of funds. These techniques involved were, immunoelectrophoresis, double immunodiffusion (ouchterlony method), single radial immunodiffusion (mancini’s method) and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay, ELISA (sandwich method). These techniques are widely used in research and diagnosis and hence provide a good learning exposure to undergraduate students. The workshop started on June 13, 2018 with a brief introduction about antigen, antibody and their interactions. Dr. Anita Gulati from Department of Zoology introduced these techniques briefly to students. Firstly, immunoelectrophoresis was performed by students followed by double immunodiffusion. On June 14, 2018, radial immunodiffusion and sandwich ELISA were performed by students.  At last, students submitted their feedback wherein they expressed their willingness for many more such workshops in future. This workshop was convened by Dr. Anita Gulati and Dr Renu Solanki from Department of Zoology who also acted as resource persons along with Dr. Sudhir Verma, Dr. Krishna Bansal and Dr. Kamlesh Kumari.  

Some glimpses of the workshop


Clockwise: Dr. Anita Gulati, introducing the immune-techniques to students, students performing ELISA, Group photograph of the students with Dr. S.K. Garg (Principal) and other dignitaries, students performing immunodiffusion.