VARANASI: Chandana Basu and Garima Jain, both working as scientists in Centre for Genetic Disorders, Banaras Hindu University have been awarded the — Outreach grant — funded by India Bioscience. Their team is one of the five teams that has been awarded the grant this year in India.
According to BHU spokesperson, they will work on a project “GENETIKS4U” under which they will teach difficult concepts of genetics, the science of biological inheritance, to high school students (grade 9-12) through colourful illustrations, infographics, comics and story-telling. They have teamed up with Nandini Chilkam, co-founder, Learn with Comics. They have chosen government schools in urban and rural areas in Varanasi. In addition, they will also address some private schools.
For better comprehension of the concept and the underlying scientific method the students will conduct the experiments themselves through hands-on activities. The picture e-books will also be freely available on the website for biology instructors and teachers to be used as resources in their classes.
Initiatives like these would usher in novel ways to learn and comprehend complex concepts at an early age and contribute towards nation building. These methods have the promise to revolutionize learning since it adds to fun and adventure with learning.
The director of the Institute of Science, Prof. Anil Kumar Tripathi said that the outreach grant to Chandana and Garima will boost their enthusiasm to do and deliver genetics with a difference and to make its learning a joy.

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