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Journey from “College to a Knowledge  Centre”


Maitreyi’s journey to a Knowledge Centre began in the year 2009, when Department of Biotechnology, Government of India sanctioned a financial grant to the four science departments. This grant was utilised effectively for fulfilling the requirements of delivering distinct measures of progress set forth by DBT like, i) increase in proportion of ‘Hands on’ experimental work by students ii) student seminars and projects iii) strengthening biotechnology component in existing life sciences courses and practical training iv) Improvement in access to life sciences related journals


College initiated the efforts to take up programs for enhancing scientific aptitude through organization of short-term workshops, lectures, excursions, exhibitions, fairs, quizzes and other related activities such as educational visits to Institutes and Industry. This helped to inform, excite, entertain, educate, and enlighten the students for developing and sustaining interest in science. Some of the activities were undertaken to strengthen the interdisciplinary involvement amongst the students.


Under this grant a large number and variety of teaching and learning resources have been made available to teachers and students. Addition of new equipment and consumables have facilitated the implementation of new experiments (and built bench skills).


The devoted faculty jointly brought out one manual on “Laboratory Instruments” and another on “Laboratory Techniques” is under preparation, along with ready reckoners and hand outs for the students. Interdepartmental interactions between faculties have reinforced a wider appreciation for science among students too.


Coordination between the faculty members of the four implementing departments helped Maitreyi to stand on a firm footing when the progress was reviewed in 2013 in Mumbai, where the college had a tough competition with other colleges from all over India. Our efforts were rewarded by DBT conferring the status of “STAR DEPARTMENTS” to all four science departments (Botany, Chemistry, Physics and Zoology).


This definitely is a step forward on the journey towards achieving a unique and world class brand and it comes as a great achievement for the college and our faculty.

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