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Science Express flagged off, will reach out more than six lakh villages

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New Delhi: The 9th phase of Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS) was flagged off yesterday (17 Feb 2017). The Science Express should reach out to 6.5 lakh villages of the country during 17 February  2017 – 8 September  2017.

After today’s flagging off, the SECAS will be open for public viewing at Delhi Cantonment Railway Station on February 18-19, following which it will embark upon its journey across the country.  SECAS II will run from February 17 to September 8, 2017, over 19, 000 km during which it will be exhibited at 68 stations across India. The exhibition will convey a message about Climate Change and will also be a good opportunity to generate dialogue and discussion.

The Department of Science & Technology has entrusted Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre (VASCSC), Ahmedabad with the task of managing the SECAS across India. VASCSC’s team of qualified, trained and highly motivated Science Communicators travelling with the train explain and interpret the exhibition, answers queries, facilitate the visitors and conduct complementary activities.

Three Ministers jointly flagged off the 9th phase of Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS) from Safderjung Railway Station here yesterday.   While Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mr Anil Madhav Dave and Union Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Harsh Vardhan were present at the railway station, Union Railway Minister, Mr Suresh Prabhu, joined the flagging off event through videoconferencing.

 Addressing the gathering, Mr Dave said that in future, the Science Express should reach out to 6.5 lakh villages of the country.  He emphasised that till the train is transformed into a peoples’ movement and a vehicle to motivate people to take individual actions and initiatives to fight climate change, it will not succeed in its endeavours on the ground and will only be reduced to becoming a point of discussions in seminars.

Minister of Railways Mr Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that Climate Change is a big threat for the mankind and we can tackle this through collaborative efforts.  Dr Harsh Vardhan said that four more such trains must be run in the coming years to develop the train into an even bigger movement.   The Minister also said that the importance of Climate Change can be gauged from the fact that it is the only theme that has been chosen for two consecutive years for Science Express.

He added that the role of school students is most critical in making the Science Express a peoples’ movement.   Recounting the statistics, the Minister said over 1.5 crore visitors and students from    33, 801 schools have visited the Science Express till now.   The Minister also lauded the role and contribution of all departments and agencies at the Centre and States, as also the educators aboard the train in the running of Science Express.

The exhibition is open to all, but primarily targets students and teachers. More information is available on the website www.sciencexpress.in. For visit to the exhibition, an email can be sent to [email protected],  or the team aboard the train can be contacted on 09428405407. School students can participate in the JOS Lab in small batches of up to 20 students, by prior registration.

At each halt of SECAS, activities are planned to engage visitors across different age groups to reinforce its message. An exciting and much sought-after Outreach Programme is also conducted in local schools/institutions, along with activities on the railway platforms. In addition, informative take-away material has been made available for wider distribution amongst schools and visitors.

There is no entry fee for visiting the exhibition. Items such as mobiles, cameras, bags, match-boxes, cigarettes, beedis, tobacco, water bottles, any liquid, and any sharp/ pointed objects.  During its run across the country, the Railway station of the respective city will be the venue for visiting the train.  The timing for visiting the train is from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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