RAHA, March 10 - Nowgong College in collaboration with the Department of Biotechnology, Thakur College of Science and Commerce, Kandivali, Mumbai organised a workshop on foldscope here on Thursday .
Dr Sarat Borkataki, Principal of Nowgong College explained the uniqueness of the foldscope, its special features and important applications for the students.
Lalit Gogoi, Head of the Department of Zoology welcomed the faculty members from Thakur College. Dr Chinta Moni Sharma spoke about the achievements of the college during the last couple of years.�
Dr Lalit Mohan Goswami, Assistant Professor in the Department of Zoology,�principal investigator of the foldscope project, dwelt at length�on his research on�fish parasites by using the foldscope.
Dr Aparna Deshmukh from Thakur College shared her findings on the special use of the foldscope to observe soil, water, algae and root nodulation.
A hands-on session was also organised for the students to know the assembly and utility of the low-cost microscope which�can be attached to a smartphone to take photographs of the specimen.
Dr Mohite,�Kary Desouza, faculty members of the college, Dr Faristha Yasmin, Dr Bhuban Chandra Chutia, Dr Jyotishmita Das, Dr Priyanki Sharma and research student Pooja Bordoloi demonstrated the foldscope assembly process.
Around 100 students from the departments of Zoology, Botany and Biotechnology of the college participated in the workshop. Dr Goswami subsequently offered the vote of thanks to the participants. Later, an�MoU was signed between the two institutes for effective teacher-student exchange programme.
�It may be mentioned here that foldscope is a frugal microscope invented by Dr Manu Prakash and his student Jim Cybulski from Standford University in the USA. It is an inexpensive paper- based microscope having magnification of 140X resolution, besides being lightweight and also costs much less.
It can be fruitfully utilised as an alternate to traditional microscopes, which are expensive, bulky and fragile in nature. The project on �foldscope� as a research and education tool was funded by the Union Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Central Ministry of Science and Technology in partnership with Foldscope Instruments Inc and Prakash Lab (Stanford, USA), where Manipur was selected as North East twinning partner for exchange of ideas, collaborative research and conducting workshops.