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Gandhinagar: At a time when educationists are increasingly concerned over students’ waning interest in science, Indian Railway’s third run of the “Science Express” train seeks to reach out to the remote corners of country with the aim of promoting scientific knowledge among the masses.

Phase three of the train was flagged off on October 2 at Gandhinagar in Gujarat by the Railway Board chairman S S Khurana, to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The train will traverse through 55 halts covering a total of 18,000 km during the next seven months of its journey across the country. At every halt the train will remain stationed for about 3-5 days.


Some of these halts are located in Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Madgaon, Hubli, Bangalore Cantt. Mysore, Calicut, Thiruvananthapuram, Salem town, Balasur, Dimapur, Darbhanga, Chhapra, Amethi, Jammu Tawi, Kapurthala, Delhi Cantt, Agra Cantt, Jhansi and Ujain.


The exhibition on the Science Express train has been primarily developed by Max Planck Society, Germany in collaboration with Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India. The exhibition features over 300 large format visual images, 150 video clips and multimedia exhibits. A number of exhibits from Indian institutes have been put up. In the current phase, it also hosts an exhibition on Climate Change sponsored by HSBC, besides showcasing India’s achievements in Science and Technology and the ‘Joy of Science Hands on Lab’ of VASCSC.


Science Express

The fully air-conditioned ‘Science Express’ comprises 16 coaches. It has a mobile exhibition unit spread across 12 coaches with over 300 large visual images. There are over 150 video clips and multimedia exhibits throwing light on cutting-edge research and technology.

The first phase was flagged off by India’s Honorable Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel. In its earlier two phases, it traveled to more than 100 cities, covering over 32,000 km across India. This innovative exhibition, which created four National Records, received unprecedented response at all the halts and over 35 lakh people, majority of them students, visited it.


The fully air-conditioned ‘Science Express’ comprises 16 coaches. It has a mobile exhibition unit spread across 12 coaches with over 300 large visual images. There are over 150 video clips and multimedia exhibits throwing light on cutting-edge research and technology. Most of the exhibits have been developed by the Max Planck Society of Germany.

The exhibits explain in detail formation of universe, glimpses of space, black holes, galaxies, on the way to the Big Bang, our home in the cosmos, spaceship earth, simpler cold atoms, ultra short light, biotechnology, building blocks of life from ‘gene to organism’, the world of senses, architecture of the mind, renewable energy, technologies and energy sources for future, nano-cosmos, bio-engineering, genetics, cell biology, computer applications in medicine and global challenges among other issues. The exhibition also covers issues like climate change, energy conservation and nutrition.














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