India’s environment minister Prakash Javadekar has chaired the Science Express Climate Change Special (SECCS) meeting in Delhi on Wednesday, where Union Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Minister of State of Science and Technology, Y.S Chowdhary were present.
The Science Express is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Railways, the Department of Science & Technology and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
The train has had a highly successful run for the last eight years and students from schools and colleges and lakhs of people had come to see the train, said Javadekar attributing its success to 117 organisations which were participants in the theme of Climate Change.
The meeting sought suggestions to improve from the participating ministries, departments and state governments in a big way, as well as involving children, volunteers and experts from various institutions of the Ministries involved in the running of the Express.
Officials from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Science & Technology participated in the meeting.
The representatives of Centre for Environment Education, Ahmedabad presented an outline of the exhibits to be put up in different proposed coaches of Science Express Climate Change Special. Last year’s theme of Science Express was Biodiversity.
The next meeting of SECCS will be held at Ahmedabad on the 17th and 18th of July to finalize the next theme.
Originally, flagged off on 30 October 2007 by the then Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh and German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, the exhibition train has since covered over 1,00,000 km across the country, receiving more than 1.09 crore visitors at its 335 halts, in 1205 exhibition days.
Science Express has thus become the largest, the longest running and the most visited mobile science exhibition in India and has created six Limca Book of Records in its journey so far. From 2007 to 2011 the train was running as ‘Science Express’ displaying the world of micro and macro cosmos, spreading the awareness about strengths of science in meeting global challenges, including latest discoveries and innovations in the field of modern science.
In the year 2012, Science Express was redesigned on the theme ‘Biodiversity’ and since then it has been running as ‘Science Express Biodiversity Special’. The next theme will be decided after the July 18 meeting.