Speed Identification of Food Microbes: Foldscope way forward

UMA CHAUDHRY.

A one day workshop on foldscope was conducted by the Department of Biomedical Science of Acharya Narendra Dev College, in collaboration with Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences University of Delhi under the aegis of DBT, star college scheme. The main idea of the workshop was to popularize the paper microscope which offers wide scope of studying
microorgasnisms, water samples and food samples. This microscope cost around Rs 1000/- developed by Stanford University based Prakash Lab. 
The students of Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences attended the workshop as trainee and taught the students the assembly of different parts of foldscope. The workshop was conducted on 2 February 2019 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in seminar hall of Acharya Narendra Dev College. Over 50 students along with teachers and mentor participated in the workshop. Workshop was started by the introduction of foldscope and its aim and future goals by the speaker Dr. Uma Chaudhry Assistant Professor at Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences, University of Delhi. Later students of Bhaskaracharya College demonstrated the Assembly of different parts of
foldscope to the students. The workshop was well appreciated by all. We have seen temporary slide of pollen grains, water sample and few permanent slides of euglena, human cheek cell and rhizome. At last, in our final segment we watched few online videos related to the Assembly of foldscope parts, preparation of foldscope slides and the method of viewing images through foldscope. The workshop was very informational and more of such workshop should be organized in and around the university.

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