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DBT – Prakash Lab Orientation Workshop on the use of Foldscope: Towards Democratising Science by providing “microscope for every child”.

Date: 16th-17th April 2018
Venue: ICGEB, New Delhi

The Department of Biotechnology, under Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, will organize a two-day DBT-Prakash Lab Orientation Workshop on the use of Foldscope at International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, (ICGEB), New Delhi on 16th-17th April 2018. The event will have an hour of interactive session with the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Government of India (GoI) Prof. K VijayRaghavan with teachers from schools & colleges. These teachers can ask questions /pose concerns on Science to the PSA. During this workshop, 445 school and college teachers across the country will be trained in the use of Foldscopes, for further imparting training to students in these schools and colleges (117 schools and 328 colleges).

DBT-Prakash Lab Orientation Workshop on the use of Foldscope at ICGEB, New Delhi on April 16 -17, 2018

North East Region Category ‘A’ Category ‘B’
Arunachal Pradesh 2 5
Assam 12 37
Manipur 14 14
Meghalaya 2 9
Mizoram 1 8
Nagaland 1 2
Tripura 1 4
Sikkim 0 2
Total 33 81
Others than North East Region Category ‘A’ Category ‘B’
Andhra Pradesh 3 8
Jammu and Kashmir 1 9
Karnataka 15 26
Madhya Pradesh 4 4
Maharashtra 14 39
New Delhi 5 14
Punjab 2 9
Rajasthan 1 6
Tamil Nadu 24 65
Uttar Pradesh 9 17
Uttarakhand 1 6
West Bengal 5 7
A & N Island 0 1
Bihar 0 2
Chhattisgarh 0 4
Gujarat 0 4
Haryana 0 2
Jharkhand 0 2
Kerala 0 11
Telangana 0 6
Odisha 0 5
Total 84 247
Grand Total 117 328

The Foldscope is a proprietary and unique invention by an Indian scientist, Dr. Manu Prakash, Professor at Stanford University developed to foster deep interest in science at an early age by providing “microscope for every child”. The Foldscope is an ultra-affordable paper microscope inspired by origami. It is a portable, sturdy and versatile microscope made mostly out of paper (water-proof) that magnifies the wonders of the microscopic world, without the bulk and expense of a conventional research microscope. Foldscope is designed to bring microscopy out of science laboratories and into the hands of people around the world. Foldscope is a real microscope, with magnification and resolution sufficient for imaging live individual cells, cellular organelles, embryos, swimming bacteria and much more. Because the Foldscope is so affordable and can be used anywhere, it brings science to daily life, whether that means looking at what’s growing in ones flower pot or watching bacteria on filthy hands.IMG-20171229-WA0000

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.

In an attempt 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: Democratising 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, 445 applications have been selected for the award of Foldscope and a micro-grant. These include 117 schools and 328 colleges from across India.

Foldscope Workshop details