GUWAHATI, Sept 20 � The iconic Science Express train visited Assam as part of the Phase III of its nation-wide tour.
The exhibition train was inaugurated by Sanjay Nayar, Additional Divisional Manager (ADM) of Lumding Division, at the Lumding railway station on September 18 and the exhibition concluded today. The train is scheduled to leave Assam tomorrow.
Science Express is an innovative mobile exhibition on a specially designed 16-coach AC train travelling across India since October 2007.
After the successful tour across India in four phases, the iconic train is running since 2012 on the Indian Rail Network as �Science Express-Biodiversity Special� (SEBS).
It is a collaborative initiative of the Department of Science & Technology (DST) and the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF).
The SEBS Phase III was flagged off from Delhi�s Safdarjung railway station on July 28. In the current phase from July 28 to February 6, 2015, SEBS will travel to 57 locations across India.
Since its launch in 2007, the Science Express has travelled over 1.08 lakh km across the country and had received over 1.15 crore visitors at its 347 halts in 1,246 exhibition days. It has become the largest, longest running and the most visited mobile science exhibition in India.
SEBS aims to create awareness on biodiversity of India, climate change and other issues among various sections of the society, particularly students.
Of the 16 coaches, MoEF has put up exhibition in eight coaches dedicated to showcasing the myriad biodiversity spread across the bio-geographical zones of India. It also covers facets like marine, coastal, forest, microbial and agro-diversity and their linkage with livelihoods along with the challenges of their conservation.
In the rest of the rake, DST has put up exhibition on themes like climate change, biodiversity and water, sustainable environment and energy conservation. A Kids Zone has also been created for children to engage in fun activities, games and puzzles in science, mathematics and environment.