Ulidiah primary school, Balarampur, Purulia, West Bengal, India

A one-day workshop was conducted in an underprivileged primary School of Purulia, West Bengal, India Ulidiah Primary School on 13th April 2019 where the students have hardly heard the name of the microscope. To them, The concept of the microscope was in itself a fascinating thing. When a paper microscope was introduced to them, they were excited to observe the microcosmos through the Foldscope.

Introductory Session

The session started with the introduction of Paper microscope the “Foldscope” to the participants through which they can explore the microscopic world.

Tanushree, introducing foldscope to the students

Demonstration Session

The Foldscope team demonstrated the procedure to fold the foldscope from a sheet of paper, its handling and its application to observe the microscopic life forms

Dipmala demonstrating how to insert a slide in foldscope
Dipmala demonstrating prepared slides of pollen grains to the participants

Slide preparation session

In this session, Slide preparation technique was demonstrated to the students by the Foldscope team and then the individual student was allowed to prepare slides by themselves so that they observe their own slides under foldscope.

Participants preparing slides under the guidance of foldscope team members

Obervation Under Foldscope.

The students prepared slides of pollen grains of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, a  easily available flower, Stomata of the leaves and each slide made by the students were observed under Foldscope and documented.

Participants observing their prepared slides under foldscope
Prepared slides by the participants under foldscope


The students from the interior village of Purulia, West Bengal, India were exposed to the concept of Microscopy for the First time with the help of Foldscope and they were over-enthusiastic. Their interest, curiosity, and response throughout the workshop are worth mentioning, making the workshop was Successful.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Manu Prakash says:

    Congratulations. What an incredible documentation as well. Love those smiles.


  2. Punarbasu says:

    Thanks for your continuous encouragement. Hope we will do this kind of grassroot level study more in future.

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