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Friday, October 12, 2012

Science Express &Schedule

Friday, October 12, 2012

Today I gone to Science express.  I am sharing that details with my blog friends. 

Science Express’ is an innovative science exhibition mounted on a specially designed train. The 16 coach AC rake was especially fabricated for Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India by the Rail Coach Factory Kapurthala. Majority of the exhibits have been designed & developed by Max Planck Society (MPS), Germany, a Noble laureate powerhouse.

One of the major objectives of this unique classroom-on-wheels is to nurture curiosity amongst our youth and encourage them to pursue higher studies and careers in science. This flagship venture of National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC), DST, also attempts to develop scientific temper amongst the masses. Further, it strives to take modern research out of the lab and reveal just how relevant science is to everyday life. The visitors of this state-of-the-art exhibition can learn how science enables the society to face the global challenges of the 21st century.

Journey so far
The inaugural edition of the ‘Science Express’ was flagged off from New Delhi on 30 October 2007 by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and Chancellor of Germany. Since then, it has been showcased in over 220 locations across India. The exhibition, which has created several records, received overwhelming response at all the halts. So far, over 63 lakh visitors, mostly students, have enjoyed learning about cutting-edge research in science, explained through interesting audio-visual exhibits and interactive tools.

Science Express - Phase IV    
The Science Express is currently traveling in its fourth phase scheduled till 16 June 2011, during which it would travel to 57 locations, mostly not covered earlier, traveling across the length & breadth of the country and covering about 18,000 kms. At each of the locations, it would halt generally for 3-4 days, during which students as well as general public would visit the exhibition. The itinerary (schedule) of the Phase IV is attached.

The exhibition
This sparkling white, fully air conditioned train, showcases more than 300 large-format visual images, over 150 video clips and multimedia exhibits, which deals extensively with cutting-edge research in science and technology. In the 12 exhibition coaches, most of the exhibits have been developed by MPS, Germany while some indigenous exhibits have been displayed besides brief sketches of those great Indian scientists whose contribution is unparalleled. Through these, the visitors would explore a wide gamut of issues in science in a fascinating manner and delve into the mysteries of our world; groundbreaking discoveries, emerging issues, cutting-edge science and future-oriented technologies. The coaches have exhibits on the following:

- On the way to the Big Bang                       - Climate Change
- Nanocosmos                                             - Global challenges
- Building blocks of life                               - Spaceship earth
- From ‘gene to organism’                           - Our home in the cosmos
- Architecture of the mind                          - The universe
- The world of senses                                 - Science and technology in India
- Technologies of future                             - The Joy of Science

One coach showcases India’s glorious legacy and achievements in IT, Biotech, Space, Nanotechnology, and so on and also future programmes in S&T besides film shows on innovations, inventions, discoveries and topical issues.

Additional attractions of Phase IV
A dedicated coach on ‘Climate Change– Cause, Effect and Mitigation’, sponsored by HSBC, under the ‘Earth Sciences Forum’, its joint initiative with DST, has been redesigned and updated. It was introduced in the last phase, along with several related platform based activities, has been quite popular amongst the visitors.
Panels on Indian scientists and their contribution in various disciplines of science
To celebrate the ‘International Year of Chemistry – 2011; Science Express is showcasing details of the Periodic Table and elements on the window panes of the coaches. The visitors can learn many features of each element while waiting on the platform.
Exhibition on ‘Water’ from Nestle and Swiss Embassy.
Working models like ‘Your age on other Planets’ and ‘Mouse movement motion sensor’.

Management of ‘Science Express’
Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre (VASCSC), Ahmedabad has once again been entrusted by DST with the task of coordinating & managing the ‘Science Express’ across India. A well trained & highly motivated team of Science Communicators of VASCSC aboard the train explain & interprets the exhibits, answer queries and facilitates the visitors.

How to visit and participate
The exhibition, open to all, is primarily targets high school and college students. Students are encouraged to visit this exhibition in large numbers and take advantage of this innovative endeavor. More information is available on the website

For visit to the exhibition or any queries, please send an email to or contact the Project Coordinator aboard the train (mobile: 08690444407).

The students can conduct hands-on experiments in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Maths in the ‘Joy of Science Lab’ of VASCSC in the Coach No.13. High school students can participate in the ‘Joy of Science (JOS) Lab’ in small batches of up to 20 students, by prior registration. For participating in the JOS Lab, please send an email to  or contact the Lab in-charge (mobile: 09428405408).

Team Science Express solicits cooperation from all the concerned departments, media, institutions and individuals in giving wider publicity to this prestigious exhibition on wheels, so that a large number of visitors are benefited and make the programme a grand success.

Please Note:
The exhibition is primarily for students of Standard IX and above.
There is no entry fee for the exhibition.
Not allowed on the Science Express: Items like mobiles, cameras, bags, match-boxes, cigarettes, beedis, tobacco, water bottles, any liquid, and any sharp pointed objects.
Venue: Railway station of the respective city
Timing: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Science Express - Biodiversity Special 
Schedule  (5 June 2012 – 22 December 2012)

No.StationExhibition Dates
1Delhi Safdurjung05 - 07 June 12
2Patna09 – 10 June 12
3Rangiya12 – 13 June 12
4Mariani (Jorhat)14 – 16 June 12
5Dibrugrah17 – 20 June 12
6Dimapur21 – 22 June 12
7Kamakhya (Guwahati)23 – 26 June 12
8Siliguri27 – 29 June 12
9Malda Town30 June – 03 July 12
10Howrah04 – 05 July 12
11Dhanbad06 – 09 July 12
12Ranchi10 – 13 July 12
13Rourkela14 – 17 July 12
14Sambalpur18 – 21 July 12
15Cuttack22 – 25 July 12
16Berhampur26 – 29 July 12
17Visakhapatnam30 July – 02 Aug 12
18Vijayawada03 – 06 Aug 12
19Nellore07 – 10 Aug 12
20Chennai Central11 – 15 Aug 12*
21Kudal Nagar (Madurai)16 – 19 Aug 12
22Kanyakumari20 – 23 Aug 12
23Ernakulam (Cochin)24 Aug 12
24Kozhikode25 – 28 Aug 12
25Madgaon30 Aug – 02 Sep 12
26Hubli03 – 06 Sep 12
No.StationExhibition Dates
27Bellary07 – 10 Sep 12
28Khadki (Pune)12 – 15 Sep 12
29Mumbai CST16 – 19 Sep 12
30Habibganj (Bhopal)21 – 24 Sep 12
31Madanmahal (Jabalpur)25 – 28 Sep 12
32Nagpur30 Sep – 03 Oct 12 %
33Kazipet04 – 07 Oct 12 $
34Secunderabad09 – 19 Oct 12
35Sewagram (Wardha)20 – 22 Oct 12
36Durg23 – 25 Oct 12
37Bilaspur26 – 29 Oct 12
38Gaya31 Oct – 02 Nov 12
39Gorakhpur Cantt03 – 06 Nov 12
40Lucknow07 – 10 Nov 12
41Haridwar11 – 12  & 14 Nov 12
42Chandigarh15 – 18 Nov 12
43Ambala Cantt.19 – 21 Nov 12
44Udhampur22 – 25 Nov 12
45Ferozpur City26 – 28 Nov 12
46Bhatinda29 Nov – 01 Dec 12
47Delhi Cantt.02 – 05 Dec 12
48Durgapura Jaipur06 – 09 Dec 12
49Bhagat Ki Kothi (Jodhpur)10 – 13 Dec 12
50Barmer14 – 17 Dec 12
51Ahmedabad19 – 21 Dec 12
52Gandhinagar22 Dec 12
  Note : 
 *15 Aug: Holiday – Independence Day
 % 02 Oct:  Holiday – Gandhi Jayanti
 $ 08 Oct: Technical Holiday for Maintenance 
 @13 Nov: Holiday – Diwali Festival
 The schedule is subject to change.

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