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Science Express - Biodiversity Special

Science Express - Biodiversity Special

 

FEATURE

Earth Science

 

 

 

 

Sudhir Tiwari*

 

 

Science Express is an innovative mobile exhibition mounted on a specially designed 16 coach AC train, traveling across India since October 2007. After the successful tour across India in four phases, this iconic train is running since 2012 as 'Science Express - Biodiversity Special (SEBS)' - a unique collaborative initiative of Department of Science & Technology and Ministry of Environment & Forests. The SEBS 2013 edition is scheduled to be flagged-off from Delhi Safdarjung on 9 April 2013 and during its journey till 28 October 2013, it will travel to 62 locations across India. At each location, it will halt for 3-4 days during which the exhibition remains open for visitors.

 

Since its launch in October 2007, the Science Express exhibition train has traveled over 86,000 km across the country. With over 87 lakh visitors at its 270 halts and 1000 exhibition days till date, Science Express is the largest, longest and most visited mobile science exhibition in India and has created several records.

 

The current decade (2011-2020) has been declared as the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity and United Nations Decade for Deserts and Fight against Desertification. The 'Science Express - Biodiversity Special', therefore, primarily addresses the theme 'biodiversity'. India hosted the COP 11 to CBD during 2012 in Hyderabad and  SEBS 2012, as the brand ambassador of COP 11, successfully showcased to the world the wide array of biodiversity in India and the conservation measures adopted thereof.

 

The state-of-the-art exhibition aboard the SEBS aims to create awareness on biodiversity of India, climate change and similar issues among various sections of the society, especially the students. The exhibition, thus, targets a wide range of audience including school and college students as well as teachers.

 

Of the 16 coaches of the SEBS, eight supported by MoEF, are solely dedicated to showcasing the myriad biodiversity spread across the bio-geographical zones of India. These include Trans-Himalaya & the Himalayas, the Gangetic Plain, North East India, the Desert & Semi-Arid Zone, the Western Ghats, the Deccan Peninsula, the Coasts & Islands. The exhibition also covers various other facets like marine, coastal, forest, microbial, agro biodiversity and their linkage with livelihoods besides challenges of conservation.

 

In rest of the rake, one coach has an exhibition on Climate Change, Biodiversity & Water, supported by HSBC. Exhibition on Green Technologies supported by UL India and exhibits on Climate Change supported by Swiss Embassy are put up in another coach. Yet another coach presents an exhibition on Energy Conservation, supported by PCRA. In one coach, a Kids Zone has been created for kids to indulge in fun-filled activities, games and puzzles in science, mathematics and environment.

 

Further, the popular VASCSC Joy of Science (JOS) lab, supported by Indus Towers, is put up in a dedicated coach. In this hands-on lab, students can perform various experiments and activities to understand concepts in environment, science and mathematics in an interesting manner. A Discussion centre-cum-training facility is provided in a coach for orientation of teachers.

 

At each halt of SEBS, activities are planned in advance to engage visitors across different ages to reinforce the message of SEBS and these include the exciting and much sought-after Outreach Programme conducted in local schools / institutions along with interesting activities on the railway platforms. Institutions and local schools associated with the MoEF's National Environment Awareness Programme (NEAC) and National Green Corps (NGC) also help in reaching out. In addition, informative take-away material is made available for wider distribution amongst schools and visitors.

 

The exhibition reflects the wisdom and the hard-work of the knowledge partners who have contributed to bring forth this exhibition. MoEF has partnered with the DST for putting up the exhibition on biodiversity. Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Ahmedabad along with the knowledge partners and Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre (VASCSC), Ahmedabad have developed and put up this unique exhibition-on-wheels. HSBC, UL India and Indus Towers have supported part of the exhibitions and complementary activities.

 

VASCSC has been entrusted by DST with the task of coordinating the SEBS across India. VASCSC’s team of well-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.

 

 

 

Science Express Biodiversity Special - 2013

 

Schedule

 

Sr. No.

Station

Exhibition Dates

Sr. No.

Station

Exhibition Dates

1

Delhi Safdarjung (Flag off)

9 April 2013

32

Raigada

12 - 14 July 2013

2

Pragati Maidan

10 - 13 April 2013

33

Vishakhapatanam

15 - 18 July 2013

3

Patiala

14 - 16 April 2013

34

Kakinada

19 - 21 July 2013

4

Jalandhar City

17 - 20 April 2013

35

Tirupati

23 - 26 July 2013

5

Verka

21 - 24 April 2013

36

Chennai Central

27 - 30 July 2013

6

Pathankot

25 - 27 April 2013

37

Cuddalore Port Jn.

31 July-3 Aug 2013

7

Bajalta

28 April-1 May 2013

38

Tiruchirapally

4 - 7 Aug 2013

8

Amb Anduara

3 - 4 May 2013

39

Kudalnagar

8 - 11 Aug 2013

9

Ambala Cantt.

5 - 7 May 2013

40

Trivandrum

12 - 14 Aug 2013

10

Haridwar

8 - 10 May 2013

41

Alappuzha

16- 19 Aug 2013

11

Bareilly

11 -13 May 2013

42

Coimbatore

20 - 23 Aug 2013

12

Azamgarh

15 - 16 May 2013

43

Kozikhode

24 - 27 Aug 2013

13

Mughal Sarai

17 - 20 May 2013

44

Kannur

28 - 31 Aug 2013

14

Bhagalpur

21 - 24 May 2013

45

Madgaon

2 - 5 Sep 2013

15

Katihar

25 May 2013

46

Miraj

6 - 9 Sep 2013

16

Purnea

26 May 2013

47

Maltekdi

11 - 14 Sep 2013

17

Bagdogra

27 May 2013

48

Aurangabad

15 - 18 Sep 2013

18

Alipurduar Jn.

28 - 30 May 2013

49

Valsad

19 - 21 Sep 2013

19

Lumding

31 May-2 June 2013

50

Navsari

22 - 25 Sep 2013

20

New Tinsukia

3 - 6 June 2013

51

Vadodara

26 - 28 Sep 2013

21

Dimapur

7 - 8 June 2013

52

Ujjain

29 Sep-1 Oct 2013

22

New Bongaigaon

9 - 12 June 2013

53

Kota

3 - 6 Oct 2013

23

New Coochbehar

13 - 15 June 2013

54

Daurai (Nr. Ajmer)

7 - 9 Oct 2013

24

New Farakka

16 - 18 June 2013

55

Marwar

10 - 12 Oct 2013

25

Raniganj

19 - 21 June 2013

56

Abu Road

14 - 16 Oct 2013

26

Joichandi Pahar

22 - 24 June 2013

57

Linch (Nr. Mehsana)

 17 Oct 2013

27

Sini

25 - 27 June 2013

58

Bhaktinagar (Rajkot)

18 - 19 Oct 2013

28

Kharagpur

28 June-1 July 2013

59

Junagadh

20 - 22 Oct 2013

29

Balasore

2 - 4 July 2013

60

Bhavnagar

23 - 25 Oct 2013

30

Cuttack

5 - 8 July 2013

61

Adraj Moti (Nr. G’nagar)

26 - 27 Oct 2013

31

Balangir

9 - 11 July 2013

62

Gandhinagar Capital

 28 Oct 2013

 

(PIB Features.)

 

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*Deputy Director (M&C), PIB, New Delhi.

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