Workshop on Foldscope Facilitators - Project Swasth

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Date: 24th September 2022

Venue: Offline

Faculty Mentor : Dr. Rajashree Jain

Submitted by : Aditya Tuteja

Event Description:

  1. Number of participants:  26
  2. Speakers:   1
  • Sonali Kadam, Research Assistant at the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society

Event Details:  

On September 24, 2022, the Pravidhi-SICSR IEEE Pune Student Branch hosted a Workshop on Foldscope Facilitators under Project Swasth in collaboration with the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society. Prof. Dr. G. S. Mani welcomed all participants and gave an introduction session in which he explained the importance of the foldscope and why it is so popular. The foldscope was first presented to us by the speaker, Ms. Sonali. She explained the historical significance of foldscope. Prakash had the concept for a low-cost microscope while working at a field station in Thailand in 2011. Ms. Sonali then began work on the foldscope. It was a diplomatic effort to make the foldscope precise, after which participants were supervised by Ms. Sonali personally, from obtaining samples from our surroundings and researching to comprehending the conclusion of the data. We examined leaves, flowers, cobwebs, puddle water, and pollen grains with the foldscope.


  • To introduce participants to the Foldscope, a low-cost microscope.
  • To demonstrate the functionality of the Foldscope and how it can be used to observe and analyze samples.
  • To provide hands-on experience in using the Foldscope to observe different samples and draw conclusions from the data obtained.
  • To foster curiosity and interest in science and technology, particularly in microscopy and observation.

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