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Railways Minister inaugurates Sindhudurg leg of Science Express

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Railways Minister Prabhu inaugurated the Sindhudurg leg of the Science Express through video conferencing from here today.
 
The prestigious Science Express exhibition train, on a nationwide tour since February 17, reached Sindhudurg in Maharashtra today in its ninth phase. This phase is being referred as ‘Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS)’ highlighting the global challenge of climate change.
 
SECAS is focusing on Climate Change and Science & Technology. The exhibition conveys a message about climate change and is also a good opportunity to generate dialogue and discussion. This exhibition train will be available for public viewing at Roha Railway Station tomorrow and after that at Mumbai CST from July 19 to 22. The train will then move forward to next destinations as per its itinerary.
 
The Science Express is a flagship programme of the Department of Science & Technology (DST). It is an innovative mobile science exhibition mounted on a 16-coach air-conditioned train, travelling across India since October 2007. So far, it has made eight tours of the country, travelling about 1,53,000 km and exhibiting at 495 locations, an official press release said.
Over its 1712 exhibition days, Science Express received an overwhelming response and 1.64 crore visitors. Science Express has become the largest, the longest running and the most visited mobile science exhibition and has 12 entries in the Limca Book of Records.
 
Science Express Phase I to IV showcased cutting-edge research in Science and Technology being carried out worldwide. Phase V to VII was based on the theme of biodiversity and as ‘Science Express Biodiversity Special (SEBS)’, it showcased the rich biodiversity of India and its conservation measures. 
 
Phase VIII as ‘Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS)’ highlighted the global challenge of climate change. The current ninth phase of the Science Express as SECAS II was flagged off on February 17 from Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station by Mr Prabhu, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences; and late Anil Madhav Dave, then Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change. 
 
The current tour of SECAS is scheduled to run till September 8 during which it will be exhibited at 68 stations across India, covering 19,000 km.
 
The SECAS II is a collaborative initiative of Department of Science & Technology (DST), Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Railways, Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre (VASCSC).
 
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