• A Mega “Workshop on Foldscope”, encompassing 55 students from 11 different schools (along with 16 science teachers from the Districts of Thanjavur, Tiruchy and Tiruvarur), was conducted on 28th September 2018. From each school, top 5 students were recommended by the respective Principals of the school, for this program. The total count 71 doesn’t include participating Faculty from IIT-Madras and SASTRA University.

• The objective is to create “Foldscope Trainers”, in order to democratize science through low-cost & affordable Foldscope. Each school was given a Foldscope.

• The session was convened by Dr. P. Raja, School of Mechanical Engineering, SASTRA Deemed University, Thanjavur. The other speakers are Dr. M. Nalini from Poompuhar College (Autonomous), Dr. S. Balaji from Manipal Institute of Technology, MAHE and Dr. W. Anupma Harshal from Kishinchand Chellaram College.

• The program was sponsored by Department of Biotechnology – GoI (under category B: Research Proposals) and SASTRA Deemed University. Few photographs are attached with this mail.

Thank you very much for the motivation and support.

With best regards,

Dr. P. Raja B.E. (Mech Engg.,), M.E. (Production Engg.,), Ph.D., (Robotics), MIET
Associate Professor
School of Mechanical Engineering
SASTRA Deemed University, Thanjavur – 613401,
Tamilnadu, India.
Mobile No: +91 94434 75985

Work hard in silence, let success make the noise


Foldscope assembly explained to the science teacher and students, by Dr. P. Raja

Curious students assembling the Foldscope

A student is viewing the Foldscope containing blood cells

Participating teacher became “Foldscope Trainer”!!!

A science teacher is viewing the sample with the assistance of student !!!

Fit for the sentence”Foldscope is for curiosity based learning”

An enthusiastic science teacher helping the students for slide preparation

View by a science teacher along with students

Curious participating teacher became “Foldscope Trainer”

See the curiosity of students, with an enlarged image, using cell-phone

A Session by Dr. M. Nalini on “Foldscope for Curiosity based Learning”

A session by the convener Dr. P. Raja on “Assembly of Foldscope using Origami”

A session by Dr. W. Anupama on “Hands-on experience using various samples”

A session by Dr. S. Balaji on “Assembly of Foldscope using Origami”

A eager student capturing am image

Time for Feedback !!!

Convener (left) with co-speakers



Science teacher viewing the sample specimen under foldscope

Students make their own specimen slides

Teacher and students making their own slides

Student seeing the specimen under foldscope

Explaining the specimen slide preparation, by a speaker

Students assembling the foldscope with enthusiasm

Foldscope assembly doubts were clarified

Students were assembling their own foldscope

Foldscope assembly session

Assembled foldscope viewed by a student

Foldscope assembly session by Dr. P. Raja


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