About Us

Genetiks4u is an IndiaBioscience Outreach program dedicated to advancing scientific literacy, with a special focus on genetic literacy, as it is essential for informed public decision-making. Our team of Scientists and Comics committed to identifying and promoting the key components of genetic literacy. We understand that traditional textbook-based learning can often be less interactive and engaging. To address this, Genetiks4u employs a FUN-LEARNING approach using comic formats, which we believe is ideal for educating youth and wider audiences about genetics. Our innovative method not only makes learning about genetics more engaging but also encourages active participation through small, related experiments. Through the Genetiks4u program, we aim to spark genetic knowledge and create an environment where learning is both enjoyable and educational. Join us in our mission to enhance genetic literacy and empower informed decision-making within our communities.

There is the need to have an enlightened citizenry, people who are aware of the nature of science, who use the scientific approach in their decision-making. (Ebert, 1993)

Teaching genetics at the school level can be challenging but is achievable with the right approach and resources.

Passive Teaching

The teaching of genetics in schools put students in passive position (only listening and writing) and students may lack interest in this system due to absence of active engagement..

At HighSchool level

School students of class 9-12, have limited experiments related to human genetics in the curriculum.

Teaching genetics at the school level can be challenging but is achievable with the right approach and resources

Images and Visuals

Our idea is to create visual/graphic representation of knowledge that is easier to remember and is engaging.

Hands-on

We are addressing to Kinesthetic learning style through “hands-on” learning. This allows students to become comfortable with the concepts. Experiencing the skills of research will hopefully motivate them to take research as their careers.

Project objectives TO MAKE genetics more interesting

Teaching the concepts of genetics with Comics and hands-on activities to school students in a way that they understand and identify with.

To create resource of reading material which combines images with text.

Glimpse of our Project

As part of IndiaBioscience outreach program Dr.chandana Basu Visited Hyderabad school

Genetiks4u Popper

A glimpse of genetiks4u - Genetiks4U is an outreach project, funded by IndiaBioscience and is an effort to bring concepts of genetics to school children (Grade 9-12) through comics, story telling and hands on experiments. This is a collaborative effort of scientists Dr Chandana Basu and Dr Garima Jain at Banaras Hindu University and Ms Nandini Chilkam at Learnwith comics. Together, they form crew-X (women in STEM) bringing genetics approachable and understandable to school children.

Contact Us

Centre for Genetic Disorders
Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi -221005

If you wish to conduct a GENETIKS4U workshop/STEM activity at your school or institute or have any questions, please write to us at [email protected].

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Ebook

Here is what we created, a handbook featuring all our comics in every language.
E-book name - Genetics Odyssey: genetics concepts through comics

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Dear scientists, science communicators and educators
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The workshop was very interesting and knowledgeable. It helps to understand difficult concepts easily through various models.

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I learnt something about myself which I am possessing and that's the reason I love biology.

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I liked about how easily you taught us about base pairing by that activity.

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It was well presented and explained very well.

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The cross word puzzle was amazing.

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I liked many things like how creative is the idea to teach students about base pairing by some jellies and toothpick and I am also amazed by the idea of ncert in comic version. I am really excited for it🤩🤩

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Candy DNA pairing was fascinating.. I mean I haven't even think like that before.

Genetiks4u Funded by IndiaBioscience Outreach Program

IndiaBioscience Outreach

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Frequently Asked Questions

Lets make learning fun

Yes, all the resources generated free; email us at [email protected] to receive the Comics.

If you wish to contribute to genetiks4u please write to us at [email protected]

If you wish us to conduct an offline/online workshop, please contact us at [email protected]

No, school doesn’t have to pay for the workshop.

The content is designed specifically for Grade 9-12 , however if you wish us to share the resources or train your teachers, it is possible. They can also use our resources.
 

GALLERY

Our Team

The CREW X- Women in STEM

Dr Chandana Basu

Wellcome Trust DBT India Alliance ECF
Centre for Genetic Disorders, BHU

Dr.Garima Jain

Malviya Postdoctoral Fellow
Centre for Genetic Disorders, BHU

Nandini Chilakam

Co-founder
Learnwithcomics

IndiaBioscience Outreach Grants (IOG)

IndiaBioscience Outreach Grants (IOG)

The IndiaBioscience Outreach Grants were initiated to motivate young researchers to step out of their labs and build stronger connections with the broader public through innovative science outreach efforts.

Genetiks4u is proud to announce that it was one of the five teams across India who had won 3rd IndiaBioscience Outreach Grant award. Applications for the 3rd IOG opened in September 2022, and selected projects were initiated by December 2022. Additionally, Genetiks4u was also awarded the Fourth IndiaBioscience Outreach Extension Grant in 2023.

Let's Build a Better India!

Science outreach and communication are responsibilities for scientists across career stages and disciplines. It is increasingly important to build interactions between scientists and the broader public via strategies such as sharing scientifically reliable information, fostering scientific temperament, and increasing the accessibility of research. Despite their value and relevance, scientist-led outreach initiatives are few and often face a shortage of resources. IndiaBioscience (IBS) strives to promote the practice of science outreach among the Young Investigator community in India via the IndiaBioscience Outreach Grants (IOG).

First-time Grants: This IOG scheme is for first-time applicants. IBS will award a maximum of INR 1 lakh for a duration of 1 year. A total of up to five grants will be offered to teams led by a Young Investigator (within 8 years of starting as an independent investigator) in India. The grant will be released to the host institute of the YI in two installments: 70% at the start of the grant and 30% on a reimbursable basis (against invoices of expenditures already made) at the end of the grant period. Note: Although there are no specific guidelines for the nature of the work to be done, we are looking for innovative and diverse ideas with broad societal benefits related to life sciences.

Extension Grants: This IOG scheme is for previous IOG awardees from the 3rd IOG. IBS will award a maximum of INR 1.5 lakhs for 1 year to up to two previous 3rd IOG awardees. This funding is intended to enable successfully-executed projects to become sustainable in the long term, i.e., set up permanent structures, seek additional funding, and build partnerships with other agencies. The grant will be released to the host institute of the YI in two installments: 70% at the start of the grant and 30% on a reimbursable basis (against invoices of expenditures already made) at the end of the grant period. Note: The request for the second round of funding should be well-justified in the application. Each team will only be eligible to apply for the Extension Grant in the grant cycle immediately following their First-Time Grant and can attain the Extension Grant only once.

For any doubts or clarifications, please write to us at [email protected].

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