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SciTales by CCMB

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Shadow a Scientist

Started last year this program provides a platform for motivated (high school onward) students to choose a lab of their choice at CCMB, and spend a day according to the mutual convenience on both sides. This allows for a much larger number of students to have detailed discussions with our scientists on their work. 

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Superheroes against Superbugs

One of the most urgent healthcare challenges of this century is the emergence of antibiotic resistance. Yet it stays much undiscussed among the public. Through the Superheroes against Superbugs initiative we have developed lesson plans for conducting workshops with secondary school students of the country, and conducted workshops with students in the city. The idea is to create champions among the soon to be decision makers of antibiotic usage. We also believe this age group can influence the behaviour of the adults around them in many ways. We have also started training potential trainers in other cities. We are now creating an awareness video that talks of the spread of antibiotic resistance in an Indian context.  click here to visit Website

Young Innovators Program (YIP)

Running for 7 years now at CCMB, YIP provides a platform for school students to spend an extended amount of time with scientists here. Of around 200 interested students from schools of Hyderabad as well as nearby districts the top 10% are selected for the 2-week program on the basis of a screening test. During this period, the students interact with young and senior scientists alike. They have deep discussions to understand the motivations that drive scientists, and activities to appreciate the scientific methodology. At the same time, they carry out experiments and build instruments to feel the excitement of doing hands-on science. We now also encourage them to think of science in novel ways such as while writing fiction, and engage with global concerns of climate change and antibiotic resistance through their interactions with ecologists and wildlife biologists, and microbiologists respectively at CCMB.

Over years, parents and teachers of the participants have suggested us starting similar initiatives across the country for different socio-economic backgrounds. The teachers have often mentioned the excitement their students feel in biology after being a part of YIP. They say the program helps change the mindset around studying biology - one from rote memorization to appreciating the beauty of life around them.  click here to visit Website

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Hindi – Jigyasa

CCMB publishes an annual science magazine in Hindi – Jigyasa focusing on a current topic relevant to scientists and society. The topic for last year was Omics, and the magazine highlighted advances of the scientific community in doing large scale studies of cell’s molecular biology.

In addition, we contribute articles to other regional science magazines/ science communication organizations. Bigyan in West Bengal and Radio Loktak in Manipur have been the avenues that we have contributed into over the last year.

JIGYASA NO.18 pdf-symbol , 246 MB   PAATHSHALA SEpdf-symbol , 1.93 MB All JIGYASA