Ludhiana: A workshop on ‘Foldscope as a research and diagnostic tool for animal parasitic disease’ was organised by the Animal Disease Research Centre, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University (Gadvasu), Ludhiana, under the aegis of a related ongoing project.
Foldscope is a paper microscope which was designed and developed by an Indian researcher Prof Manu Parkash and his team at Stanford University, USA. Foldscope is attachable with a smart phone to visualize and capture images viewed through it.
Dr K S Sandhu, senior scientist cum in-charge of ADRC and co-coordinator of the workshop expounded the importance of practical training in the overall development of the researcher. He also highlighted the role of the research centre in providing disease diagnostic services to farmers of Punjab and the importance of foldscope in on-the-spot diagnosis.
A total of 25 participants had enrolled for the workshop, including 15 postgraduate students from the university and 10 participants from MCM DAV College for Women, Chandigarh, which is also a partner in the project.
The workshop was divided into lecture and practical sessions. The former comprised of the presentations on the utility of foldscope as a diagnostic tool for parasitic disease, followed by an informative talk on its use as a novel approach in diagnostics by Dr C K Singh, senior veterinary pathologist and HOD.