Workshop on Foldscope at Jagadis Bose National Science Talent Search, Kolkata, West Bengal

Jagadis Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS), Kolkata is an autonomous organization, situated at Kolkata, West Bengal. This institution has evolved as a pioneering centre for identifying and nurturing young talented students.

A one- day workshop, “Magnify Your Curiosity Explore the Microcosmos” was organised by Department Of Environmental Science, University of Calcutta on 7th March 2019, at Jagadis Bose National Science Talent Search, Kolkata West Bengal.

Map showing location and route of Jagadis Bose National Science Talent Search, Kolkata, West Bengal

Introductory Session-

The session started with introducing Foldscope, and its application to the participants.

Dr. Punarbasu Chaudhuri introducing Foldscope to the participants

Demonstration session-

The Foldscope team demonstrated how to use Foldscope and after this demonstration of a lower life form such as algae, fungi and advanced life forms such as ferns, gymnosperms, angiosperms etc. were demonstrated.

Participants observing under foldscope

Slide Preparation session-

In this session, Dr. Punarbasu Chaudhuri demonstrated slide preparation of Hibiscus pollen to observe under Foldscope. After this, all the participants prepared their individual slides and observed under Foldscope.

Slide preparation by the participants
Ranjan distributing the Hibiscus anther to the participants
Slide preparation of Hibiscus pollen by participants
Demonstration of prepared slide under foldscope by Pradip Das
Participant observing their prepared slide under foldscope


This was their first exposure to Foldscope and they very much enjoyed this paper microscope.

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