Foldscopes are origami microscopes that have the potential to change the way we view life and microorganisms around us. Invented a few years ago by Manu Prakash and Jim Cybulski from Stanford University, these pocket-sized tools are now making their way to biodiverse, yet remote parts of the world.
Undergraduate students in several corners of the country are now enjoying the chance to explore the world of microscopic organisms with a microscope that they can take anywhere, following an initiative by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) to reach Prakash Lab’s low-cost paper folding-microscope, the Foldscope to them.
The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India and Prakash Lab at Stanford University, USA signed an agreement a few months ago to bring the Foldscope to India to encourage curiosity in science. Following an understanding between DBT and Prakash Lab, foldscopes have been distributed to several college students and series of workshops held across India to popularize the origami paper microscope.
The start of the proposed long-term engagement was a series of Foldscope workshops and talks in India between 16 and 21 December 2015. Manu Prakash and his colleagues (Marie Bas, Tom Hata, Jim Cybulski and Lakshminarayan Iyer) and volunteers from many institutes across India worked together with DBT and local organizers to teach students and enthusiasts the workings of the Foldscope.
The events included a Foldscope workshop at Sri Venketeshwara College, Delhi University and a lecture by Manu Prakash at Gargi College, Delhi, a workshop in Guwahati and a lecture in the Assam University Veterinary College, Guwahati and a few workshops in Kaziranga National Park, Assam.
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