SUBJECT : ICPE ENVIS Centre at Science Express Valsad From 20th to 22nd April 2016 

 ICPE ENVIS Centre at Science Express Valsad From 20th to 22nd April 2016

Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS) was flagged off on 15 October 2015 from Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences; Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Railways; Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; Shri Y. S. Chowdary, Hon’ble Minister of State for Science & Technology and Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Railways in presence of several other dignitaries and guests. 

SECAS is an innovative mobile science exhibition mounted on a 16 coach AC train which has been custom-built for Department of Science & Technology (DST) by Indian Railway. The state-of-the-art exhibition aboard the 'Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS)' aims to create awareness among various sections of society, especially students, as to how Climate Change can be combated through mitigation and adaptation.

The SECAS was scheduled to travel across the country for about seven months, halting at 64 locations in 20 States, covering 19,800 km.

SECAS arrived at Valsad station on 20th April, 2016 as per schedule.
ICPE ENVIS Centre organised an Awareness Programme at Valsad Station during the scheduled visit of Science Express on the Platform of Valsad Station by the side of the Science Express to disseminate the information related to Plastics in the Environment. Display Panels depicted the information while Printed Leaflets on Waste Management at Household level were distributed to the Schools through the Principals and Teachers. Students were addressed in groups highlighting the environmental benefits of plastics, various issues on waste management and the solutions thereof. Dos and Don’ts on plastics bags were highlighted. The Awareness Programme was highly successful.


More than 12, 000 students of Class V to Class XII from more than 20 Schools in and around Valsad including one which is 60 km away from Valsad visited the Science Express and most of them had seen ICPE Display Panels and many of them had interacted with ICPE team during the visit. Number of teachers including principals of many schools was more than 100.


Inside the train, information on energy conservation and Green House Gas emission reducing features of plastics was missing. ICPE Team contacted the accompanying staffs of DST and discussed the matter. ICPE Envis Team gave leaflets & other useful study material to the staff and make them understand better about plastics. They understood that Plastics are Environment friendly and assured that they would focus on the positive aspects of plastics and advise the students / visitors not to litter plastics waste.


MoEF ENVIS Secretariat is happy that so many students had gathered and ICPE could establish contacts with the teachers and students of all the visiting schools.


Some of the pictures from the awareness campaign at Valsad Station are given below

Source: ICPE