Awareness Prog on foldscope held

From Naya Tara

GUWAHATI, Mar 30: GoI biotechnology department, Gujarat Vidyapeeth and Shanti Sadhna Ashram (SSA) jointly conducted awareness programmes on foldscope at three places of the city recently.

In all 120 members of SSA, 231 students of South Beltola HS School and 42 farmers took part in the events involving Gujarat Vidyapeeth science  (micro-biology) associate professor Dr Pratik Shilpakar & chemistry associate professor Dr Mayur Saha  as resource persons.

The participants were given theoretical and practical knowledge about foldscope, an optical microscope that can be assembled from simple components, including a sheet of paper and a lens. It was developed by Manu Prakash and is part of the “frugal science” movement which aims to make cheap and easy tools available for scientific use in the developing world.

SSA founder Hembhai, in his address, said that foldscope could be seen 100 to 2,000 times being a cheap microscope and easy to carry.  This was followed by demonstration using lens to watch soil, water & milk. SSA office bearer Champa Deka also addressed the participants.

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