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Science Express - Biodiversity Special Phase III Update

In this section, we will keep you updated on the happenings on SEBS. Here, we share our experiences of the exciting journey of the train across India. Your feedback and suggestions are welcome.

29 July 2014
Station: Safdarjung
State: Delhi
Date: 28 July 2014                                                                    
Flag-off

The much awaited new journey of Science Express (Phase VII) as Science Express Biodiversity Special (SEBS phase III) began on 28 July 2014 with its flag-off ceremony.

SEBS Phase III was flagged-off from Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station by Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of State, Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Govt. of India, Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Govt. of India and Dr. Jitendra Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State, Science and Technology, Govt. of India.

Safdarjung

Distinguished guests on the dias

Safdarjung

Release of SEBS Phase III Brochure & Poster

Safdarjung

Shri Prakash  Javadekar  in coach of SEBS

Safdarjung

Flag-off of SEBS Phase III

Dr. K.Vijay Raghavan, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology (DST), Dr. V. Rajgopalan, Secretary, Ministery Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF), Shri Maninder Singh Jt. Secretary, MoEF, Padmashree Kartikeye Sarabhai, Director, Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Dr. B.P Singh, Head, National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC), Dr. ABP Mishra, Scientist, NCSTC, Shri Chander Mohan, Head, MISSION Societal, DST, Shri Dilip Surkar, Executive Director, VASCSC, along with other distinguished guests were also present.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Prakash Javadekar, highlighted that despite India having only a 2.5% share of the earth's landmass it encompasses almost 8% of the planet’s biodiversity and this uniqueness of India needs to be showcased to the future generation, which is being done through SEBS. He also recalled how SEBS had served as brand ambassador of 11th Conference of Parties to Convention on Biological Diversity held in Hyderabad in 2012.

In his speech Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda stated that the initiative of Science Express was an innovative step and touched the “real India”. It provided a platform for showcasing the achievements of science.

Shri Jitendra Singh, stressed on the need for science to be utilized for the larger goal of social transformation, for optimum social progress and scientific transformation, in which Science Express is contributing immensely.

Later on, the honorable guests also released the SEBS Phase III Brochure and Poster.

In the end, Shri Prakash Javadekar, Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda & Shri Jitendra Singh, jointly flagged-off SEBS Phase III. With this the exhibition train started its journey to its very first station Kurukshetra in Haryana.

In the current phase from 28 July 2014 to 06 February 2015, SEBS will travel to 57 locations across India. At each location, it is scheduled to halt for 3-4 days, during which the exhibition will remain open for visitors.

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