Matrabhasha Vigyani: A scientific initiative to spread awareness in mother tongues

by Srishti Batra – The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has hit everyone. Life of all of us is affected in this hard time. To add to this, there is lot of misinformation coming via WhatsApp forwards, fake news etc. To keep ourselves sane and make sure that correct information is available to people, several PhD scholars, mostly from NCBS and couple of NICE lab members have come up with video series called “Matrabhasha Vigyani”. We have a YouTube channel where videos are uploaded in regional languages of the Indian subcontinent, currently eight languages – Hindi, Punjabi, Marwari, Urdu, Nepali, Assamese, Bengali, Kannada, and Tamil. More languages are being added to this list. We are making informative videos in a relatable way, so that we can educate each other about Coronavirus, burst myths, and keep all of us informed. We are talking about general issues like social distancing, lockdown, disinfection, cooking, food related issues, etc. It is been a great experience making videos and doing outreach remotely. This lockdown is hard on all of us and the scientific outreach medium has changed for us with this pandemic. Below is a link of our channel, do share this with your friends and family who will find it useful and informative.

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