Students Learning about Indian Railways - "Science Express Climate Change Special"

Hundreds of students from different schools thronged Attur Railway Station to witness the exhibits at the ‘Special Science Express Climate Change Special’ train which was opened for public on Saturday.

Science Express is an innovative mobile science exhibition of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India in association with the Indian Railways for kindling scientific temper and creating awareness among the student community on the latest scientific developments. It is a mega outreach programme of DST and is being managed by Vikram A. Sarabhai Community Science Centre.

Breaking away from the traditional practice, a student of government school declared the exhibition open in the presence of Hari Shankar Verma, Divisional Railway Manager, and other senior officials of the Salem Railway Division. The novel train will be parked at the Attur Railway Station for three days till June 19 and the students can view the exhibits between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

On the first day, a total of 17,517 people visited the exhibition, including 12,763 students from 70 schools. The ‘Science Express’ comprised 13 coaches containing exhibits on various aspects of global climate change.

Mr. Verma directed the Science Express volunteers to deploy more guides well versed in Tamil to enable the visiting students understand the developments achieved by the country in the field of science and technology without any difficulty.

After going through the different pavilions, Mr. Verma said that the Science Express will enthuse the students to concentrate more on science subject in general and climate change in particular. A cross-section of the teachers and students appreciated the endeavour of the DST and Indian Railways in promoting awareness amongst the students.


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