The Ministry of Railways is running the fifth Phase of “Science Exhibition-Biodiversity Special”, a mobile Exhibition Train, on the request of Department of Science & Technology and Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India. A treasure trove of knowledge, “Science Express-Biodiversity Special” which has already completed its exhibition at Vijayawada and Nellore Railway Stations on SCR system during the month of August 2012, is scheduled to arrive Kazipet and Secunderabad Railway Stations as per the following itinerary:
1. Kazipet - 4th to 8thOctober, 2012
2. Secunderabad - 9th to 19th October, 2012 (to coincide with International Bio - Diversity Meet)
The Science Exhibition will be open for public viewing from 10 00 am to 06 00 pm. All sections of the public including the school and college students / teachers, Science Scholars, are expected to visit the exhibition. “Science Express-Biodiversity Special” is an innovative and unique mobile exhibition train, mounted on 13specially designed air-conditioned coaches and scheduled to travel from 5thJune to 22nd December 2012 to halt for exhibitions at 52 Railway Station across the Country.
The current decade (2011-2020) has been declared as the United Nation’s Decade on Biodiversity and United Nations Decade for Deserts and Fight against Desertification. The exhibition aboard the train, therefore, is fittingly based on the theme 'Biodiversity'. The exhibition aims to showcase the wide array of biodiversity in the country and the conservation measures adopted thereof. The exhibition also showcases aspects of Climate Change, Water, Energy Conservation, Environment and Legacy of the Science Express. Additionally, the train also houses the extremely popular VASCSC Joy of Science hands-on lab as well as teachers’ training facility.
Flagged off on 30th Oct. 2007 by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh and German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel on its first phase, Science Express Exhibition Train so far covered over 68,000 km across the country during its previous four phases. Science Express is now the largest, longest and most visited mobile science exhibition in India. Students visiting the exhibition have enjoyed learning about cutting-edge research in science, explained through interesting audio-visual exhibits and interactive tools. After the successful run over four phases, this iconic train is now being launched as “Science Express - Biodiversity Special” on its fifth phase.