FOLDSCOPE – THE MICROSCOPE IN YOUR POCKET

The invention of the microscope and its developments helped the researcher community to understand the microscopic world around us and opened up a new dimension of research and study. From primitive microscope with one glass lens to the most advance electron microscope, we have come a long way in exploring the microcosmos and restricting the use of the bulky instrument only to the laboratories. Regular microscope with its cost, heavy weight, fragility and high maintenance, makes the applications of the microscope limited to labs only.

Dr. Manu Prakash Demonstrating paper microscope “Foldscope”

Dr. Manu Prakash, Assistant Professor from Stanford University along with his student, Dr. Jim Cybulski encountered this issue during their field visits to a poorer country, they had found that microscope was limitedly available, fragile and are not being used properly. For overcoming these limitations, Dr. Prakash and team came up with the idea of making affordable and easy to use microscope, by using folded papers, and hence named as “Foldscope”.

Foldscope which is an ultra-affordable paper microscope inspired by origami, is a part of the “Frugal science” movement which aims to make reasonable and easy tools available for scientific use in the developing world. It is a portable, robust and versatile microscope made mostly out of paper (water-proof) that can magnify from 140x and has 1.9 μm resolution without the bulkiness and expense of a conventional research microscope. Fold scope differs from the microscopes typically found in science labs because it’s not only portable, but it also has the ability to project an image on any surface, allowing a larger group of people the ability to look at an image simultaneously.

Dr. Prakash is hoping that because the Fold scope is so cheap to manufacture and easy to assemble that everyone will have access to the world of microscopy and one day every kid will have a Fold scope in their backpacks or tucked away in their pocket. Department of Biotechnology is walking hand in hand with PrakashLab in helping Dr. Prakash achieve his dream “Foldscope for all”.

BRINGING FOLDSCOPES TO INDIA – A DBT Prakash Lab Initiative

The initiative of “microscope for every child” has been taken up by Department of biotechnology alongside Prakash labs (Stanford) through Foldscope which is designed to descend science out of laboratories and leads it into our regular lives.

The Foldscope has been brought to India after the signing of a Statement of Intent between the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and Prakash Lab (Stanford University), USA in the presence of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi during his visit to USA for the India-US Startup Konnect event at Silicon Valley on 27th September 2015.

Workshop at Sri Venketeshwara College and Gargi College, Delhi; students were taught about the assemble of Foldscopes, sample collection and how to observe through Foldscope.
Workshop at veterinary college, Assam Agricultural University, Kaziranga National park, Assam and Brahmaputra River cruise.

Immediately after the signing of Statement of Intent, a series of Foldscope workshops and talks were conducted in India between 16-21 December 2015. Manu Prakash, his team (Marie Bas, Tom Hata, Jim Cybulski and Lakshminarayan Iyer) from Stanford and volunteers from TIFR-Hyderabad worked together with DBT and local organisers to teach students and enthusiasts the workings of the Foldscope.

Sri Venketeshwara College and Gargi College, Delhi University:The first in the series. Students from all over Delhi and India attended this workshop. The day ended with a long talk by Manu Prakash where he spoke to assembled students about how uninhibited inquiry and learning from mistakes are important components of science.

Guwahati Workshop: Manu Prakash gave a talk on foldscopes and how to use small inventions to kickstart one’s science at the Veterinary College, Assam Agricultural University, Guwahati. An assemblage of students (school, college and postgraduate level) worked with the Foldscope and DBTteams for an entire day to examine botanical samples, pond water, insects and even fossils.

Brahmaputra River cruise and workshop: On Day 2 of the Northeast leg, participants continued the workshop, examined specimens from the river.

Kaziranga National Park, Assam: a series of Foldscope workshops for students, forest department staff and naturalists was conducted.

TAKING A STEP FORWARD…

In addition these workshops, an attempt has been made by Department of Technology to bring the Foldscope to the most “resource constrained parts of India” with special emphasis on the North Eastern Region of India a “Request for proposals for wide use of the Foldscope as a research and education tool: Democratizing Science through a Major Twinning programme of the North East with other parts of India” was announced inviting proposals from by schools, colleges and universities of India. Under the request for proposals, 439 applications were selected for the award of Foldscope and a micro-grant. These include 114 schools and 325 colleges from across India.

DBT has also been working to bring Foldscope to the Aspirational districts identified by the Government of India for immediate improvement.

A Map showing the number of schools and colleges in every state selected for Foldscope project

Colleges from Aspirational districts under Category ‘B’

SI. No.

PI Name

Institute Name

State

Districts

1.

Dr. Ekramul Islam

University of Kalyani

West Bengal

Nadia

2.

Dr.P.Annapoorani

V.V.Vanniaperumal College for Women

Tamil Nadu

Virudhunagar

3.

Dr. Jayateertha. R. Diwan

University of Agricultural Sciences

Karnataka

Raichur

4.

Dr.Sanjaya Shankar Tripathy

Birla Institute Of Technology

Jharkhand

Ranchi

6.

Dr. K. Vijaya Rachel

Gitam University

Andhra Pradesh

Visakhapatnam

10

Dr. Chandramani Raj

ICAR-RC North East Hilly regions

Meghalaya

Ri Bhoi

11

Dr. Krishnappa R

ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region

Meghalaya

Ri Bhoi

12

Mrs. M. Prabha Devi

ICAR Research Complex for North eastern Hill Region

Meghalaya

Ri Bhoi

13

Dr. Akoijam Ratankumar Singh

ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region

Meghalaya

Ri Bhoi

14

Dr. Rajappa J.J

ICAR, Meghalaya

Meghalaya

Ri Bhoi

15

Dr. Shweta Singh

ICAR-National Organic Farming Research Institute

Meghalaya

Ri Bhoi

16

Dr. Jugabrat Das

Goalpara College

Assam

Goalpara

17

Dr. Bhabajit Doley

Goalpara College

Assam

Goalpara

Schools from Aspirational districts under Category ‘A’

SI. No.

PI Name

Institute Name

State

Districts

1.

T. Duraichamy Pandian

Hindu Primary School

Tamil Nadu

Virudhunagar

2

Ashraful Hussain

Agomani H.S.School

Assam

Dhubri

‘FOLDSCOPE FOR EVERY CHILD’: Workshops Conducted Across The Nation In The Most Resource Constraint Settings From Kashmir To Andaman & Nicobar And From Gujarat To Arunachal Pradesh

The call for proposal was then followed by a chain of  workshops encouraged by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. Aim was to bring science to the Most Resource Constraint parts of India. To reach the goal, two days training was conducted for the Foldscope jointly organized by

  • ICMR-NIRRH and IIT– Bombay at Sangharsh Nagar Urdu Municipal School, Chandivali, Mumbai and at Dharavi where children, who have never been exposed to a formal education, participated with utter enthusiasm.

Dr. VijayRaghavan distributing Foldscope kits to students at Sangharsh Nagar Urdu Municipal School, Chandivali, Mumbai.
  • The Sangharsh Nagar Urdu Municipal School; Chandivali Mumbai- Nearly 75 girls from class 5-8 participated. In addition boys and girls from nearby slums, teachers form interiors of Maharashtra and from Northeast attended the workshop.

  • Dharavi- Nawneet Ranjan and Kunal Kanase took the lead in organizing the event. With the help of volunteers the nearly 50 boys and girls (age 12-15 years) participated and learnt to assemble and use the Foldscope.

DBT-PrakashLab Orientation Workshop on the use of Foldscope at International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, (ICGEB)

Department of Biotechnology organized a two-day DBT-PrakashLab Orientation Workshop on the use of Foldscope at International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, (ICGEB), New Delhi on 16th-17th April 2018. During this workshop, teachers from 114 school and 325 colleges across the country that are being funded by DBT under the Foldscope project got trained in the use of Foldscopes, for further imparting training to students in their respective schools and colleges.

The students and teachers who were trained in this two-day Orientation Workshop are further pioneering the cause, helping DBT and Prakash lab to reach to the interiors of India and lead science into daily lives of the citizens.

In the two days orientation workshop more than 439 teachers from various school and colleges across India participated in the training of foldscope assembly and use very enthusiastically and were hopeful for its best use in future.
  • India International Science Festival (IISF) Lucknow, October 2018

Foldscope training workshop was conducted at the Science Village, IISF Lucknow India 2018. 2000 Children from across the country were trained in using the foldscope.

 

Prof. K. VijayRaghavan, the then DBT Secretary  with Foldscope Superusers/ Mentors
Dr. Manu Prakash at IISF 2018

 

S. No.

States

Number of Students participated

No. of Teachers Participated

1

Andhra Pradesh

90

18

2

Assam

5

1

3

Bihar

117

24

4

Chhattisgarh

34

7

5

Delhi

59

12

6

Gujarat

82

16

7

Goa

19

4

8

Himachal Pradesh

15

2

9

Haryana

24

5

10

Jammu and Kashmir

39

8

11

Jharkhand

18

4

12

Kerala

93

20

13

Karnataka

36

7

14

Madhya Pradesh

182

36

15

Maharashtra

203

40

16

Manipur

10

2

17

Mizoram

10

2

18

Odisha

13

3

19

Pudducherry

5

1

20

Punjab

6

1

21

Rajasthan

27

5

22

Sikkim

10

2

23

Tamil Nadu

284

55

24

Telangana

73

15

25

Tripura

10

2

26,

Uttar Pradesh

203

41

27

Uttrakhand

33

6

28

West Bengal

11

2

Over 2000 Students and 600 Teachers  participated in Foldscope Workshop at IISF 2018

S. No.

District, States

Number of Students participated

No. of Teachers Participated

1

Nawada, Bihar

5

1

2

Dahod, Gujrat

9

2

3

Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu

20

3

4

Osmanabad, Maharashtra

10

1

5

Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

10

1

6

Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh

4

3

7

Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu

5

1

8

Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh

5

1

9

Bastar, Chhattisgarh

5

1

10

Dhalai, Tripura

10

1

11

Palamu, Jharkhand

2

1

12

West Sikkim, Sikkim

5

1

90  Students and 17  Teachers from 12 Aspirational Districts participated in Foldscope Workshop at IISF 2018

WORKSHOPS IN THE MOST RESOURCE CONSTRAINT REGIONS OF INDIA

  • Remote Tribal Village, Kharha, Chhattisgarh: Cell images projected using Foldscope through Night Film Shows at remote tribal village, Kharha, Chhattisgarh State Conducted by Dr Mooventhan Palanisamy. The Place had no electricity yet Dr. Mooventhan took Foldscope to the one of the most resource constraint area. The children and residents were amazed by the images projected through Foldscope.

  • Kendriya Vidyalaya, Aizawl: The students at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Aizwal were introduced to foldscope and world of microbiology and basic hygiene. The students of the class 9th and 10th participated in the workshop. Students observed pre-prepared slides including various specimen including fungal sporangia, apical bud of plant and cross-section of fern rhizome.

  • Remote Village in Himachal Pradesh: In the month of July, workshop was conducted in a remote village of Himachal Pradesh where students were trained and taught about sample preparation and observation. The students observed water samples, collected from a stagnant water, moving rotifers, leaves and flowers.

    Twitter post by a student and reply by Dr Manu Prakash to this post suggesting observation of mint oil droplets
  • Harvesting Knowledge off the Farms: Foldscope succeeded in bring out science to the commoners: Instructors sharing Foldscope experience with locals and farmers in various remote villages of Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan.

    Foldscope has proven its worth in the field of agriculture. For example, Foldscopes were used to identify the microscopic eggs of agricultural pests in India, to catalog the biodiversity of soil arthropods, follow toxic blooms, detect bacteria in water samples, map pollen diversity in a city landscape.

Farmers and Locals from Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu were taught to assemble a Foldscope and were also explained about the use of Foldscope.
  • NCCS, Pune and ICAR Research Complex for Northeastern Hill Region Meghalaya conducted workshop on the Foldscope for students from North-East:

Under this program a group of  15 MeECL School, Shillong visited NCCS, Pune between 12th to 15th November 2018. During this visit the students visited different labs at NCMR campus, NCCS main campus, IISER, Pune and one-day field trip to Panshet dam, Pune.

Students from MeECL School, Shillong assembling their foldscopes during four days workshop on applications of foldscope under NE student exchange program observing samples during field trip to Panshet Dam.
  • Eden Educational Resource Centre, Madurai:
    • 16 Training carried out all over Tamil Nadu including:

      • Field Visits to 10 Places, 8 Bio walks, Foldscope Exhibition and Demonstrations in schools, colleges, book fairs, parks etc.

      Trained about:

      • 95,000 students, 15,000 commoners, 17,000 teachers.

        Tribal school children at Vellimalai, Vilupuram district

  • IIT Bombay for school students from J&K Migrant Camp School: 40 students and 7 teachers from Jammu and Kashmir migrant camp schools participated. The initiative was taken by IITB and was sponsored by IDEA cellular as part of their corporate social responsibility.

Dr. Jim Cybulski, Foldscope instruments  demonstrating the assembly of Foldscope to Students and teachers  from J&K migrant camp school trained at IIT- Bombay

  • Government Schools and Shiksha Kendras in rural Rajasthan

  • Kumbhalgarh, Rajsamand District Around 40 children were trained to assemble and use foldscope from Government Schools in Gundika Bhilwara, a tribal hamlet, and Aret ki bhagal, in Kumbhalgarh block of Rajsamand District. The children took the lead – anything and everything was a sample for foldscope! Their curiosity and understanding made it easy to develop the science based WASH curriculum for Shiksha Kendras.

  • Udaipur District – Shiksha Kendras are Non-Formal Education Centres established by Seva Mandir, in areas with no/low access to schools across Udaipur district. Shiksha Kendra instructors usually hail from the same village who have a slightly better education level among other locals yet are passionate for educating the next generation.

                                                                                  children from a tribal hamlet of Rajasthan

  • 155+ instructors from 150 Shiksha Kendras trained and over 4500 children trained across all the Shiksha Kendras.

  • The foldscope trainings have been with major focus on viewing germs in real, which they had only heard of during sanitation awareness campaigns, and understand the science behind sanitation and hygiene to empower them with knowledge to make an informed decision towards their sanitation practices.

  • A separate Science curriculum is proposed to be added to their existing Hindi-English-Maths curriculum.

  • B.R Ambedkar Insitute of Technology, Port Blair: A one day National Conference on Foldscope will be held during March 2019 at Dr.B.R.Ambedkar Institute of Technology(Govt.), Port Blair under the command of Dr. E.Muthu Kumaran, Assistant professor who is also the Principle Investigator for one of the funded Foldscope project. Along with his team, He has been working to analyse for phytoplankton and zooplankton species richness and diversity as well as chlorophyll content.

Nematodes and mites in pond freshwater; copepods, diatoms, planktonic gastropods and polychaete larvae from seawater were observed by Dr. Kumaran during his project.

  • Foldscope Workshop in Bastar: Mr Prem Sewak Sudhish affiliated to Dayal Singh College, working towards education in tribal areas of MP, Bihar; conducted a Foldscope workshop in Bastar. The enthusiasm and hunger to learn spotted when the children came up with handmade Foldscopes when they ran out of Foldscope kits.

Children came up with handmade Foldscopes when the Trainer ran out of kits

Actively participating Children at one of the workshops conducted in a school in Bastar.

Foldscope

The Foldscope invented by an Indian scientist, Dr. Manu Prakash, Associate Professor at Stanford University, USA, to seed science deeply into children at an early age. Foldscope is an ultra-affordable field microscope, build from common materials such as paper. It is designed to be produced affordably, to be durable, and to give optical quality similar to conventional research microscopes. With magnification of 140X and imaging resolution of 2 micron; Foldscope brings microscopy to new places. This initiative of “microscope for every child” has been taken up by Department of biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, alongside Prakash Lab (Stanford University) to reach students across the country particularly from most resource constrained regions including aspirational districts.

DBT brings Foldscope to most resource constrained parts of the country

Foldscope Microgrant Project of DBT across the country

Foldscope which is an ultra-affordable paper microscope is a part of the “Frugal science” movement which aims to make essential scientific tool affordable in the developing world to engage the masses on curiosity driven experiments. It is a portable, robust and versatile microscope made mostly out of paper (water-proof) that can magnify upto 140x and has 1.9 μm resolution without the bulkiness and expense of a conventional research microscope. The uniqueness of the Foldscope lies in the fact that unlike conventional microscopes found in science labs, it is portable and has the ability to project an image on any surface, allowing a larger group of people to look at an image simultaneously.

Foldscope was invented by an Indian researcher Dr. Manu Prakash and his student  Dr. Jim Cybulski at Prakash Lab, Stanford University, USA. The Prakash Lab invented Foldscope which is a new approach for mass manufacturing of optical microscope that is printed-and-folded from a single flat sheet of paper, akin to origami and can enable accessibility to microscopy in field and resource constrained settings at a global scale.  Prakash Lab has incorporated a company Foldscope Instruments Inc., USA, for manufacturing of Foldscope.

The Foldscope has been brought to India after the signing of a Statement of Intent between the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India and Prakash Lab (Stanford University), USA in the presence of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi during his visit to USA for the India-US Startup Konnect event at Silicon Valley on 27th September 2015.

Since then, DBT in partnership with Foldscope Instruments Inc. and Prakash Lab (Stanford University) has reached out to school students, teachers, scientists/researchers & masses interested in science exploration across India by training them in use of Foldscope to popularize science and trigger excitement in it. DBT has organized a number of workshops and distributed Foldscopes to the resource constraint schools and colleges across the country including north eastern region of India.

So far, DBT has supported 409 schools and colleges (92 schools and 317 colleges) across the country by training the teachers/faculty to use foldscope and provided micro grant (Rs. 4.00 lakhs to each selected school and Rs. 8.00 lakhs to each selected colleges) to pursue their research activities using foldscope. The use of foldscope among young students has encouraged them towards science exploration and strengthening their scientific temperament. The school and colleges used foldscope for training students to visualize unicellular and multi cellular cells like bacteria, fungus, protozoans, plant cells, animal cells, arthropods and exopolymeric substances.

Category

Organizations supported

                                                    Remarks

Category – A

(Schools)

          92

NER Schools – 28

Non NER Schools – 64

Category – B

(Colleges)

          317

NER College– 81

Non NER Colleges– 236

Total

          409

 

The following map depicts number of schools and colleges in every state selected under Foldscope outreach programme.
The selected schools/colleges have organized 2,020 workshops and trained 1,17,573 students besides creating 5,280 trainers. The positive impact of this exercise in terms of fueling the scientific temperament can be assessed from the fact that within a period of 1 year, more than 22,598 pictures and videos taken by students & teachers while observing the samples have been reported to DBT.

 

Workshops conducted

Students trained

Trainers created

Pictures/videos posted

Category A (Schools)

NER

274

12500

1122

649

Non – NER

455

30291

2843

8588

Category B (Colleges)

NER

380

21841

391

3327

Non – NER

911

52941

924

10034

Total

 

2020

117573

5280

22598

 

Workshops for Teachers and Students of Aspirational Districts (First Year)

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India has entrusted Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) to organize Hands on workshops for teachers and students of Aspirational Districts in the country. During the first year, five (5) workshops were planed and organized by BCIL in close coordination with DBT and District Administration of the district where workshops were organized.

Letters for nominations of teachers from aspirational districts were sent by DBT to the District Education Officers with intimation to the concerned District Magistrates. A vigorous follow up done with the district administration for mobilizing teachers and students for the workshops organized in the aspirational districts at convenient venue identified in consultation with DBT. Senior officers from DBT participated in the above workshops.

Around twenty (20) including ten (10) super trainers from across the country were arranged for each venue to train teachers and students. The nominated teachers from aspirational districts were also given fifteen (15) foldscopes for further training of their students at their host schools.

During the first year, five (5) workshops have been organized at following locations:

Sl. No.

State

Venue & Date

Districts Covered

Participants Trained

1

Madhya Pradesh

Rajaborari, Harda District,

17th – 18th April 2019

2

728

2

North Eastern Sates (8 states)

Darrang, Assam,

August 26, 2019

14

285

3

Jharkhand

Ranchi, Jharkhand,

October 22-23, 2019

19

329

4

Bihar

Gaya, Bihar,

November 18, 2019

13

376

5

Rajasthan

Bikaner, Rajasthan,

 December 9, 2019

 

5

417

 

 

Total

53

2135

The detailed breakup of the participation is as follows;

Venue and Date

State and districts covered

Students trained

Teachers Trained

 

Male

Female

Total

Male

Female

Total

Rajaborari, Harda District, 17th – 18th April 2019

Madhya Pradesh, Khandwa,  Barwani & Harda (tribal district)

292

378

670

33

25

58

Darrang, Assam, August 26, 2019

Namsai, Arunachal Pradesh; Darrang, Dhubri, Barpeta, Goalpara, Baksa, Udalgiri, Hailakandi, Assam; Chandel, Manipur; Ribhoi, Meghalaya; Mamit, Mizoram; Kiphire, Nagaland; West Sikkim, Sikkim; and Dhalai, Tripura

140

92

232

49

4

53

Ranchi, Jharkhand, October 22-23, 2019

Jharkhand – Sahebganj, Bokaro, Latehar, Lohardaga, Chatra, West Singhbhum, Simdega, Ramgarh, Pakur, East- Singhbhum, Ranchi, Dumka, Garhwa, Giridh, Gumla, Hazaribagh, Khunti, Godda, Palamu

90

160

250

68

11

79

Gaya, Bihar, November 18, 2019

Bihar-Katihar, Begusarai, Sheikhpura, Araria, Sitamarhi, Khagaria, Purnea, Aurangabad, Banka, Gaya, Jamui, Muzaffarpur, Nawada

122

187

309

56

14

67

Bikaner, Rajasthan, December 9, 2019

Rajasthan Baran, Dholpur, Karauli, Sirohi, Jaisalmer

159

211

370

39

8

47

Total

12 states and 53 districts covered

803

1028

1831

245

62

304

At each location, the participants were taught on the science behind the Foldscope and the intended use of the foldscope for the teachers and students for their practical work including science exploration around them to encourage curiosity driven science among the young students.

Three hundred and four (304) teachers from aspirational districts were trained as “Trainers” and those trained teachers will act as Trainers for initiating future Foldscope activities of DBT in their respective districts. The trained students (1831 students) were encouraged to present their microscopic findings to the other students during workshop. During the first year, participants were trained from 12 States covering 53 aspirational districts.

During these workshops, students and teachers were encourage to use Foldscopes as microscopic tool for curiosity driven science exploration. The students were also encouraged to make their curriculum-based projects using Foldscope in biodiversity, ecology, botany, zoology and exploring the world of microorganisms.”

Madhya Pradesh,
Radhasoami Adivasi Higher Secondary School, Rajaborari, Harda,
17th – 18th April 2019

                                                                                                       

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India organized a Foldscope Workshop (Hands-on workshop) in the Radhasoami Adivasi Higher Secondary School at forest village Rajaborari. Hands on training to six hundred and seventy (670) students and fifty eight (58) teachers from tribal villages in forest areas including Khandwa and Barwani districts on making Microscope using frugal method. Training was imparted to create and use the paper-based microscope.

During the inaugural ceremony the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to Government of India and the Chairman of Prime Ministers’ Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council; Prof. K. VijayRaghvan addressed the participants through video conferencing. Students were provided with the Foldscope kits. Dr. Shailja Gupta, Adviser, DBT along with Dr. Jim Cybulski and Ms. Elenor Gleknor from Stanford University, USA also participated in the workshop.

The students and teachers were trained by the Foldscope Super Users who are invited from different parts of the country.

Assam
Mangaldai College, Darrang,
August 26, 2019

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India organized a Foldscope Workshop (Hands-on workshop) on 27th August 2019 at Mangaldai College, Darrang, Assam for teachers and students of Aspirational Districts in the North Eastern Region (NER) (Namsai, Darrang, Dhubri, Barpeta, Goalpara, Baksa, Udalgiri, Hailakandi, Chandel, Ribhoi, Mamit, Kiphire, West Sikkim, Dhalai) of India. Mangaldai (Darrang) is one of the Aspirational District in the NER.

Fifty three (53) school teachers nominated by respective District Education Officers (DEOs) from Fourteen (14) aspirational districts and two hundred and thirty two (232) school students from Darrang District attended this one day workshop at Mangaldai College, Darrang, Assam.

Dr. Shailja V. Gupta, Adviser, DBT inaugurated the ceremony in the presence of other dignitaries like Dr. Manish Rana, Scientist E, DBT, Prof. Prabodh Bohra, College of veterinary Sciences under the Assam Agricultural University (AAU) and Prof. Dinabandhu Sahoo, Director, Institute of Bioresoreces and sustainable development (IBSD). Dr. Gupta gave a brief presentation on the ‘Foldscope project’, how foldscope came to India and narrated how the concept is becoming popular among the students and faculties covering four hundred and forty five (445) schools and colleges across the country. Dr. Khagen Kumar Nath, Principal, Mangaldai College also addressed the gathering.

During this hands-on workshop, a total of two hundred and eighty five (285) participants (teachers and students) were trained to visualize unicellular and multi cellular cells like bacteria, fungus, protozoans, plant cells, animal cells, arthropods and exopolymer substances. They were also provided with the Foldscope Kits. They were also provided with the Foldscope Kits.

This workshop provided a platform to the students & teachers from NER to use Foldscopes as microscopic tool for curiosity driven science exploration. The students were encouraged to make their curriculum-based projects using Foldscope in biodiversity, ecology, botany, zoology and exploring the world of microorganisms.”

Jharkhand
Birla Institute of Technology (BIT), Mesra, Ranchi,
October 22-23, 2019

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India organized a Foldscope Workshop (Hands-on workshop) on October 22-23, 2019 at Birla Institute of Technology (BIT), Mesra, Ranchi for teachers and students of Aspirational Districts of Jharkhand (Sahebganj, Bokaro, Latehar, Lohardaga, Chatra, West Singhbhum, Simdega, Ramgarh, Pakur, East- Singhbhum, Ranchi, Dumka, Garhwa, Giridh, Gumla, Hazaribagh, Khunti, Godda, Palamu).

Seventy nine (79) school teachers nominated by respective District Education Officers from nineteen (19) aspirational districts and two hundred and fifty (250) school students from schools at Ranchi attended this two day hands on workshop at Birla Institute of Technology (BIT) Mesra, Ranchi. Dr. Mohd. Aslam, Advisor, DBT inaugurated the ceremony in the presence of other and gave a brief description on Foldscope and how it came to India. Dr. Padmini Padmnabham, Acting Vice chancellor and Prof. Ramesh Chandra, HoD, Deptt of Bioengineering BIT, Mesra also addressed the gathering.  Dr. Manish Rana, Scientist E, DBT concluded the inaugural ceremony with vote of thanks.

The workshop commenced with a brief presentation by Dr. Praveen Rahi, NCCS Pune, on the science behind Foldscope and its use.

During this two day workshop, a total of three and twenty nine (329) participants (teachers and students) were trained to visualize unicellular and multi cellular cells like bacteria, fungus, protozoans, plant cells, animal cells, arthropods and exopolymer substances. They were also provided with the Foldscope Kits.

Bihar
Magadh University, Bodh Gaya, Gaya
November 18, 2019

 The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India organized a Foldscope Workshop (Hands-on workshop) on November 18, 2019 at Magadh University, Bodh Gaya, Bihar for teachers and students of Aspirational Districts of Bihar (Katihar, Begusarai, Sheikhpura, Araria, Araria, Khagaria, Purnea, Aurangabad, Banka, Gaya, Jamui, Muzaffarpur, Nawada).

Sixty seven (67) school teachers nominated by respective District Education Officers (DEOs) from Thirteen (13) aspirational districts of Bihar and three hundred and nine (309) school students from Gaya Districts attended this one day hands on workshop at Magadh University, Bodh Gaya. This workshop was inaugurated by Vice Chancellor, Magadh University, Bodh Gaya. Dr. Abhishek Singh, Scientist C, DBT, also attended this workshop.

The workshop commenced with a brief presentation by Dr. Praveen Rahi, NCCS Pune, on the science behind Foldscope and its use.

During this workshop, participants were trained to visualize unicellular and multi cellular cells like bacteria, fungus, protozoans, plant cells, animal cells, arthropods and exopolymer substances. 

Rajasthan
Government Chopra Senior Secondary School, Bikaner
December 9, 2019

 The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India organized a Foldscope Workshop (Hands-on workshop) on December 9, 2019 at Government Chopra Senior Secondary School, Bikaner for teachers and students of Aspirational Districts of Rajasthan (Baran, Dholpur, Karauli, Sirohi, Jaisalmer).

Forty seven (47) school teachers nominated by respective District Education Officers from five (5) aspirational districts of Rajasthan and three hundred and seventy (370) school students from local schools at Bikaner attended this one day hands on workshop at Government Chopra Senior Secondary School, Bikaner. Mrs. Devlata, Joint Director, Secondary Education Rajasthan, Mr. Umashankar kiraru, District Secondary Education officer, Bikaner Dr. H.P. Vyas Former Director, DRDO, New Delhi addressed the students and teachers.

The workshop commenced with a brief presentation by Dr. Praveen Rahi, NCCS Pune, on the science behind Foldscope and its use.

During this one-day workshop, a total of four hundred and seventeen (417) participants (teachers and students) were trained to visualize unicellular and multi cellular cells like bacteria, fungus, protozoans, plant cells, animal cells, arthropods and exopolymer substances. They were also provided with the Foldscope Kits.

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Prof K. VijayRaghavan, the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India said

“I am very pleased to have been associated with the Foldscope initiative of the Department of Biotechnology since it’s inception.  I believe that this Frugal Science will truly transform the science landscape of the country. It will open up a wonderful new “microcosmos” to the students of India and tap a realm of school students by training them in research from a young age, thus gearing up the country for tackling the future challenges of science in the country”.

Hon’ble Minister of Science & Technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan said

“I am delighted to inaugurate  the two-day DBT-PrakashLab Orientation Workshop on the use of Foldscope at International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, (ICGEB), New Delhi on 16th-17th April 2018. This initiative of the Department of Biotechnology will have a huge impact on science education in the country. The Foldscope is a powerful tool that will increase curiosity in science and inculcate the research culture in children right from school, thus nurturing future scientists of the country”.