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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.

19 September 2014
Station: Sonpur
State: Bihar
Exhibition dates: 12.9.2014 - 14.9.2014
Total visitors: 27,829

From Ghazipur City in Uttar Pradesh SEBS Phase III moved to Sonpur in Bihar. On the very forst day of the exhibition, Shri Rajesh Tiwari, DRM, Sonpur Divison, visited the exhibition train along with other Railway officials. He praised the efforts of DST & MoEF, for spreading the awareness about India’s Biodiversity in such a unique way of SEBS. He also appreciated the efforts of SEBS team.

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Long queue of Students

Sonpur

Shri Rajesh Tiwari, DRM in SEBS

Sonpur

Students in SEBS Coach on Deserts

Sonpur

Students in JOS Lab

During the three day halt of SEBS Phase III at Sonpur, a total of 8,580 stuents from 59 different schools visited SEBS exhibition train. More than 17,000 general visitors came to see the exhibition. Besides, at Sonpur, SEBS cumulative of all three phases (Phase I, II & III) crossed 54 lakh visitors mark and Science Express, cumulative of all phases (Phase I-VII) also crossed 24 lakh students mark.

Apart from the exhibition, the students also enthusiastically participated in the activities of Kids Zone & JOS Lab.  More than 750 students registered in the Kids Zone and enjoyed making Science based models like Balancing Act, Dancing capsule, Flying Fish, Yo-Yo Static Straw, Whirling Fan etc. Besides an interesting Quiz on SEBS content was also conducted in the Kids Zone, in which the winners were given prizes. In the JOS Lab, a total of 974 students participated and performed experiments based on Laws of Motion, Centre of Gravity, Magnetic Induction, Separation of Substance, Electrical charge, Dipole Moment, Beak adaptation in birds, Human Respiratory System, Muscular Contraction, Dilation of Pupil etc. On the second day of the exhibition at Sonpur, the SEBS team organized a Teachers Orientation Program in which the use of hands-on approaches and activity based learning for teaching Science and Mathematics was emphasized upon. It was an interactive session in which the participating teachers shared their experiences of teaching and also enjoyed making some of the popular science based models with help of SEBS team members.

After a successful three day halt of SEBS at Sonpur, SEBS with its team strated its journey to the next station -Thakurganj.

17 September 2014
Station: Ghazipur City
State: Uttar Pradesh
Exhibition dates: 8.9.2014 - 11.9.2014
Total visitors: 1, 58,092

From Basti, SEBS moved to Ghazipur city. It was welcomed by Shri Chandra Pal Singh, District Magistrate, Ghazipur, along with Shri Hafizur Rahman, Additional Superintendent of Police, Ghazipur. Shri Akhilesh Mishra, Scientist, DST and Shri Yadav, Station Superintendent, Ghazipur City, were also present on the occasion.

Shri Dilip Surkar, ED, VASCSC also joined the team aboard SEBS at Ghazipur City. He interacted with SEBS team members & supervised the overall working of SEBS exhibition. Later on, he briefed SEBS team about the legacy of Science Express & emphasized on their responsibility to carry it forward. Besides, he also appreciated the team for their hard work and motivated them for the journey ahead.

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Shri Chandra Pal Singh welcomes SEBS

Ghazipur

Shri Dilip Surkar interacting
with students in SEBS

Ghazipur

Outreach Activity by SEBS team

Ghazipur

Shri Dilip Surkar with SEBS team

A phenomenal response from students, teachers & general public was received by SEBS at Ghazipur. During its four day halt, it received a total of 1,58,092 visitors - the highest number in the current phase for any station till date. On the third day, SEBS registered a total of 66,109 visitors, which is a record for highest number of visitors in a single day, in the current phase & also the second highest in the entire journey of Science Express (Phase I-VII). Moreover, on the last day of the exhibition SEBS Phase III also created record of receiving highest number of schools (166), highest number of students (22,136), highest number of teachers (899) & highest number of participants in Platform Activity (2,341) in a single day, till date. Apart from these records, SEBS Phase III also crossed the milestone of 7.5 lakh visitors mark, & Science Express cumulative of all phases (Phase I-VII) crossed 1 crore 17 lakh visitors mark.

Amongst the Complementary Activities of SEBS, Kids Zone and JOS Lab were very popular at. Besides, Platform Activities were also conducted in which more than 14,000 students participated. The SEBS team also conducted Outreach Activities at three different schools and colleges of Ghazipur, including an ‘Astro Night’ in which the students enjoyed watching the stars and constellations through the telescope.

Several distinguished guests like Shri Rambali Singh Yadav, Shri Hriday Ram Azad, DIOS, Ghazipur, Shri Mahendra Singh, SDM, Shri Sanjay Kumar Chaturvedi, Principal, Kunwar Inter College, Ghazipur, Shri R. P. Yadav, DFO, Ghazipur, Shri R. C. Shrivastav, SDFO, Ghazipur & Shri Vinod Kumar Agarwal, Chairman, Nagar Palika Parishad, Ghazipur, visited SEBS and appreciated the efforts of the team aboard SEBS.

It was a remarkable four-day halt of SEBS Phase III at Ghazipur, where in spite of huge rush, the team was able to coordinate & manage the smooth flow of visitors. The overwhelming response received from the public infused new energy & enthusiasm to SEBS team. On the last day at Ghazipur, after the exhibition hours, the team celebrated their achievements and was motivated to face more such challenging situations ahead. Later, they packed up and SEBS with its team stated their journey to the next station – Sonpur in Bihar.

16 September 2014
Station: Basti
State: Uttar Pradesh
Exhibition dates: 5.9.2014 - 7.9.2014
Total visitors: 78,082

From Unao, SEBS Phase III moved to Basti in Uttar Pradesh. It was welcomed by Shri Anil Kumar Damele, IAS, District Magistrate, Basti. Shri V.P. Shrivastav, Superintendent of Police, Basti, Shri M. K. Agarwal, ADRM, Lucknow, Dr. A.B.P. Mishra, Scientist, NCSTC, DST and Prof. I.P. Pandey were also present at the welcome ceremony.

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Welcome of SEBS at Basti

Basti

Students waiting to see the exhibits

Basti

Platform Activity

Basti

Dr. A.B.P. Mishra with SEBS team

The first day of exhibition at Basti, was Teachers Day & SEBS team celebrated it in a special way. A Teachers Orientation Program was organized in which discussion on the ‘Significance of Celebrating Teachers Day in current Indian Education System’ was conducted. The participating teachers were also oriented towards Activity Based Learning for creating interest among students in the field of Science.

During its three day halt at Basti, SEBS received more than 16,000 students from 113 different schools. Even the response from general visitors was overwhelming with more than 57,000 general visitors, visiting SEBS. SEBS received a total of 78,082 visitors at Basti –the third highest in the current phase after Unnao & Meerut Cantt. Besides, on the last day of SEBS halt, a total of 989 students participated in JOS lab - the highest number till date in the current phase.

Numerous milestones were also crossed by SEBS at Basti with Kids Zone & Platform Activity crossing 10,000 students mark. SEBS, cumulative of three phases (Phase I, II & III) also crossed 52 lakh visitors’ mark & Science Express, cumulative of all phases till date (Phase I-VII) crossed 83 lakh general visitors’ mark.

During its three day halt at Basti, SEBS received several distinguished guests like Dr. Mridul Shah, Scientist, NBRI,  Shri Pratap Singh Bhadariya, PCS, ADM, Shri Chandra Shekhar Mishra, SDM, Dr. Santosh Kumar, SDM (Probation), Shri Dinesh Kumar, Station Superintendent, Shri Praveen Shrivastava, TTE & Shri J.P. Singh, ARM. Dr A.B.P. Mishra, Scientist, NCSTC, DST also visited SEBS along with his colleagues & family. He conducted an open interactive session with school children at platform. He appreciated the efforts of SEBS team & celebrated the achievements of milestones by SEBS with them.

After a successful end of three day exhibition at Basti, the team SEBS packed up and prepared for their journey to the next station- Ghazipur City.

13 September 2014
Station: Unnao
State: Uttar Pradesh
Exhibition dates: 2.9.2014 - 4.9.2014
Total visitors: 1,24,942

The next station in the journey of SEBS Phase III was Unnao, where it was welcomed by Shri S. Shukla, IRSS, Lucknow Division, Northern Railways, along with the Sub District Magistrate, Unnao.

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SEBS at Unnao

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Shri S. Shukla welcomes SEBS

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Long queue of Students

unnao

Students in JOS Lab

At Unnao, SEBS Phase III witnessed a phenomenal turnout of visitors. On the very first day of the exhibition, it registered a total of 11,957 visitors –the highest number of visitors on first day of exhibition, at any station, till date, in the current phase. The number of visitors gradually increased and the last day of the exhibition, turned out to be a record breaking day with SEBS Phase III registering highest number of visitors (65,249), on a single day, which eventually also turned out to be the second highest, in the history of Science Express (Phase I-VII). SEBS Phase III also registered the highest number of general public (50,825) and students (13,496) visiting the exhibition on a single day on this day.

Apart from these records, SEBS Phase III crossed 5 lakh total visitors, 4 lakh general visitors & 10,000 students’ participation in JOS Lab at Unnao. Even SEBS cumulative of the three phases (Phase I, II & III), crossed 51 lakh visitors mark & Science Express, cumulative of all the phases (Phase I-VII), crossed 1 crore 15 lakh visitors mark.

At Unnao, some of the distinguished guests including Smt. Saumya Agarwal, IAS, District Magistrate, Unnao, Shri Ratankumar Shrivastava, Superintendent of Police, Unnao, Shri Rajnish Kumar Mishra, Deputy Collector, Unnao, Shri V.S. Dubey, Deputy Collector (Rural), Unnao & Shri Anurag Bhatnagar, Chief Traffic Officer, Lucknow Division, NER, visited the SEBS exhibition train and appreciated the models & exhibits and also the activities of Kids Zone & JOS Lab.

SEBS Phase III received an overwhelming response from people at Unnao. The record breaking turnout was a unique experience for team SEBS and they were able to manage it efficiently & smoothly. Even though it was a hectic schedule, yet the team was able to reach out to the masses for spreading awareness on Biodiversity and its Conservation. With a successful end of the three day exhibition at Unnao, SEBS team packed up and started their journey for the next station - Basti in Uttar Pradesh.

5 September 2014
Station: Shahjahanpur
State: Uttar Pradesh
Exhibition dates: 30.8.2014 - 1.9.2014
Total visitors: 90,829

From Lalkuan, SEBS Phase III moved to Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh. It was welcomed by Ms. Shubhra Saxena, District Magistrate, Shahjahanpur. At the welcome ceremony, some of the senior officials from Railways were also present.

Shahjahanpur

Ms. Shubhra Saxena welcomes SEBS

Shahjahanpur

Long queue of Students

Shahjahanpur

SEBS team member briefing students

Shahjahanpur

Students in JOS Lab

Shahjahanpur became a landmark station, not only in the current journey of SEBS, but also SEBS (Phase I, II & III) and Science Express (Phase I-VII). On the very first day, SEBS Phase III recorded the highest number of visitors (9,681) on first day of exhibition, at any station till date. On the second day, SEBS Phase III created another record of receiving highest number of visitors (39,168) on a single day. However, this record was broken on the last day when it received a total of 41,980 visitors –the highest number, on a single day, in the current phase. Eventually Shahjahanpur turned out to be the station where SEBS Phase III received the highest number of visitors (90,829) till date. Besides, at this station, SEBS cumulative of the three Phases (I, II & III), also crossed 50 lakh visitors mark and Science Express, cumulative of all phases (Phase I-VII), crossed 1 crore 13 lakh visitors mark.

At Shahjahnpur, a Quiz Competition on Crystallography was conducted by SEBS team, in which students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Shahjahanpur, participated. It was thoroughly enjoyed by the students and in the end the winners were also felicitated with prizes. Besides, Teachers Orientation Programme emphasizing on Crystallography and its Application was also conducted in which teachers from different Under Graduate colleges participated. The activities in JOS Lab & Kids Zone were widely appreciated by the participants and their teachers.

On the last day of the halt at Shahjahnpur, SEBS team members celebrated their achievements and were motivated for the journey ahead. Later at night, the team packed up and moved to the next station Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.

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