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| Last Updated::08/08/2017

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Science Express is an innovative mobile science exhibition of Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India, mounted on a 16 coach AC train. With the objective of arousing interest of the young people in the field of science and technology, the exhibition on wheels – Science Express, was launched from Delhi Safdarjung Railway station on October 30, 2007. It is a mega outreach programme of DST, Govt. of India and is being managed by Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre (VASCSC), since its inception in 2007. Till date, this unique mobile exhibition has completed its 8 phases which includes 4 phases of ‘Science Express’, 3 phases of ‘Biodiversity Special’ (SEBS) and one phase of ‘Climate Action Special’ (SECAS). So far, it has travelled 1,41,800 km, had 455 halts, and in 1602 exhibition days, more than 1.56 crore people, primarily students & teachers, have visited it. It has thus become the largest, the longest running and the most visited mobile science exhibition and has six entries in the Limca Book of Records.

 The broad theme covered in each exhibition coach is as follows:

  • Coach 1: Understanding Climate Change - Insights in the climate as a system, the greenhouse gas effect and the underlying reasons for climate change with key message that the current change in the climate is due to human activities.
  • Coach 2: Impact of Climate Change - How temperature rise, monsoon variations, sea level rise are predicted to affect vital sectors like water, agriculture, forests and biodiversity, and human health and ways to reduce these.
  • Coach 3 & 4: Adaptation - Concepts of adaptation and examples from day to day life, adaptation strategies and stories from field. Adaptation options in urban and rural contexts and the adaptation actions India is taking.
  • Coach 5 & 6: Mitigation - Concept and definition with examples, emphasis on restoring balance, enhancing sinks and reducing emission through Renewable Energy (RE) technologies. Various programmes implemented by India and low carbon strategies and ambitious goal to increase RE footprint.
  • Coach 7: International Negotiations for Climate Change - Introduction to UNFCCC, IPCC and internationally agreed action & targets. Explaining concept of equity and common but differential responsibility, Kyoto protocol & other key outcomes of major COP, Paris Agreement, etc.
  • Coach 8: Positive Actions - What can one do at school, on roads, at home and in offices and focus on concept of lifestyle choices with the key message ‘Increase your Handprint. Decrease your Footprint’.
  • Coach 9 & 10: Exhibition put up by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt of India, covering themes like Biotechnology for bio-resources and nature conservation with emphasis on Tiger Conservation and Chemical Ecology and India’s research and development initiatives in field of Biotechnology.
  • Coach 11: Exhibition put up by the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) showcasing select innovations, demonstrating the ingenuity of common people and an innovative project which uses augmented reality techniques. Also, exhibition on themes like Innovations in S&T, Science Education, Technological solutions for societal development, etc.
  • Coach 12: A Kids Zone is set up for children from Std. 5 and below to participate in fun-filled activities, games and puzzles in science, mathematics and environment..
  • Coach 13: The Joy of Science (JOS) Hands-on Lab in this coach is a space where students from Std. 6-10 can perform experiments and activities to understand concepts in environment, science and mathematics in an interesting manner. A training facility is also set up for orientation of teachers here.

          Solar panels have been installed on the rooftop of Science Express coaches 11-13, as a collaborative effort of DST and CEL, for harnessing solar energy.


SECAS in Mumbai

SECAS train exhibition was held in Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus , Mumbai for four days from July 19 to July 22, 2017. As part of this exhibition, ENVIS Centre on Population, Environment and Human settlement (POP-ENVIS) of International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) participated and organised various activities for the visitors of SECAS. Students, Teachers, Parents, friends with their family members eagerly took part in the SECAS exhibition.


POP-ENVIS activities during SECAS in Mumbai


POP-ENVIS, IIPS, Mumbai with 12 volunteers, 3 staffs and 1 coordinator showcased all the activities of ENVIS. We conducted various platform activities for various age groups such as scrabbles, oratorical, drawing and painting, paper crafting / folding / origami, beading, blocks and stacking. Those who participated in the platform activities were given chocolates and toffees for their participation and those who performed well were given gifts based on their age group.

We also distributed pamphlets and collected feedback from the visitors including students and parents. We also conducted personal and group interviews with teachers, students and parents. We have maintained a register for those who wish to read our newsletters and participate in the POP- ENVIS activities they can write their details with mobile number and email so that we can send them our publications.  


Coordinator explaining about ENVIS
Showcasing of POP-ENVIS activities

Student’s active learning

Student’s contribution in Crafting and Drawing

Student’s involved in playing Scrabbles

Student’s involvement in Beading, Blocks and Stacking

Visitor’s feedback and registration for POP-ENVIS activities
Few Other Moments at SECAS to Share 

The SECAS Crowd

POP-ENVIS helped SECAS in managing the crowd by conducting platform activities


Compiled By: POP-ENVIS Team