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Science Express with its Theme as Climate Change is Traversing the Nation now



Science Express with its Theme as Climate Change is Traversing the Nation now

The Science Express special train with its theme in the current phase as “Climate Change”  will be covering the major cities of India and the train will cover 64 cities in 20 states as per the feasibility given by the Indian Railways. The train is now on its journey now.
Science Express is a flagship initiative of the Department of Science & Technology, Govt of India for popularising science across India. It is a unique mobile science exhibition mounted on a 16-coach, AC train, travelling across India since 2007. During the last eight years, Science Express has extensively covered different areas across India, wherever broad-gauge rail tracks are available and halt is feasible. During its entire journey since the launch of its 1st phase on 30 October 2007, it has so far covered 1,26,000 km with 405 halts across India.


It is a proposed to cover major cities of 20 more States which includes Gujarat, Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra. The details of cities/towns proposed to be covered by Science Express Climate Action Special in the current phase with state wise-schedule are as below:

Sr. No.
Station
State
Exhibition Dates
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
1.
Delhi Safdarjung
Delhi
15 -17 Oct 2015
2.
Sawai Madhopur
Rajasthan
18 Oct 2015
3.
Ranapratapnagar (Udaipur)
Rajasthan
19 -23 Oct 2015
4.
Bhagat ki Kothi (Jodhpur)
Rajasthan
24 - 25 Oct 2015
5.
Jaisalmer
Rajasthan
26 - 29 Oct 2015
6.
Suratgarh
Rajasthan
30 Oct - 01 Nov 2015
7.
Patiala
Punjab
02 - 04 Nov 2015
8.
Ambala Cantt
Haryana
05 - 08 Nov 2015
9.
Amb Andaura
Himachal Pradesh
09 - 10 Nov 2015
10.
Churaru Takarla
Himachal Pradesh
12 - 13 Nov 2015
11.
Hoshiarpur
Punjab
14 - 16 Nov 2015
12.
Udhampur
Jammu & Kashmir
17 - 20 Nov 2015
13.
Samba
Jammu & Kashmir
21 - 23 Nov 2015
14.
Pathankot
Punjab
24 - 27 Nov 2015
15
Saharanpur
UttarPradesh
28 - 29 Nov 2015
16.
Haridwar
Uttrakhand
30 Nov - 02 Dec 2015
17.
Lalkuan
Uttrakhand
03 - 05 Dec 2015
18.
Pragati Maidan
Delhi
06 - 08 Dec 2015
19.
Anajmandi (Rewari)
Haryana
09 - 11 Dec 2015
20.
Agra Cannt
UttarPradesh
12 - 14 Dec 2015
21.
Shivpuri
Madhya Pradesh
15 - 17 Dec 2015
22.
Khajuraho
Madhya Pradesh
18 - 20 Dec 2015
23.
Allahabad
UttarPradesh
21 - 24 Dec 2015
24.
Basti
UttarPradesh
26 – 28 Dec 2015
25.
New Jalpaiguri
West Bengal
30 – 31 Dec 2015
26.
New Bongaigaon
Assam
01 – 02 Jan 2016
27.
Mariani
Assam
04 – 05 Jan 2016
28.
New Tinsukia
Assam
06 – 07 Jan 2016
29.
Lumding
Assam
08 – 09 Jan 2016
30.
Alipurduar
West Bengal
11 – 12 Jan 2016
31.
Ambikakalna
West Bengal
14 – 17 Jan 2016
32.
Barraackpore
West Bengal
18 – 21 Jan 2016
33.
Jhargram
West Bengal
22 – 24 Jan 2016
34.
Digha F S
West Bengal
25 & 27 Jan 2016
35.
Jharsuguda
Odisha
29 – 30 Jan 2016
36.
Bilaspur
Chhattisgarh
31 Jan – 02 Feb 2016
37.
Kumhari
Chhattisgarh
03 – 06 Feb 2016
38.
Koraput
Odisha
08 – 10 Feb 2016
39.
Vishakhapatnam
Andhra Pradesh
11 – 13 Feb 2016
40.
Rajahmundry
Andhra Pradesh
14 – 16 Feb 2016
41.
Guntur
Andhra Pradesh
17 – 19 Feb 2016
42.
Secunderabad
Telangana
20 – 23 Feb 2016
43.
Adoni
Andhra Pradesh
24 – 26 Feb 2016
44.
Kadiri
Andhra Pradesh
27 – 29 Feb 2016
45.
Vellore
Tamil Nadu
01 – 03 Mar 2016
46.
Kumbakonam
Tamil Nadu
04 – 06 Mar 2016
47.
Pudukkotai
Tamil Nadu
07 – 09 Mar 2016
48.
Rameswaram
Tamil Nadu
10 – 12 Mar 2016
49.
Tirunelveli
Tamil Nadu
13 – 16 Mar 2016
50.
Changanaseri
Kerala
17 – 20 Mar 2016
51.
Palakkad
Kerala
22 & 24 Mar 2016
52.
Mangalore Jn
Karnataka
25 – 28 Mar 2016
53.
Ashokapuram
Karnataka
30 Mar – 02 Apr 2016
54.
Hospet
Karnataka
04 – 05 Apr 2016
55.
Wadi
Karnataka
06 – 08 Apr 2016
56.
Nizamabad
Telangana
09 – 11 Apr 2016
57.
Butibori
Maharashtra
13 – 15 Apr 2016
58.
Jalamb
Maharashtra
16 – 18 Apr 2016
59.
Valsad
Gujarat
20 – 22 Apr 2016
60.
Anand
Gujarat
23 – 25 Apr 2016
61.
Patan
Gujarat
26 – 28 Apr 2016
62.
Hapa
Gujarat
29 Apr – 01 May 2016
63.
Junagarh
Gujarat
02 – 04 May 2016
64.
Gandhinagar Capital
Gujarat
05 – 07 May 2016

This was stated by the Minister of State for Science and Technology and Minister of State in the Ministry of Earth Sciences Shri. Y. S. Chowdary in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

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Introduction of “Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill, 2015” in the Parliament
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for introduction of a Bill for establishment of a Regional Centre for Biotechnology in Faridabad. The objective of the Bill is to provide a legal status to the Centre so as to function independently as an autonomous body and also an Institution of National Importance for education, training and research in the areas of biotechnology. The Centre has already been established by an executive order of the Government of India in November, 2008 after the approval by the Union Cabinet. It is currently operational at the NCR Biotech Science Cluster, Faridabad and the enactment does not involve any financial implications at this stage.

The Centre is a regional hub for interdisciplinary education, training and research in biotechnology with emphasis on novel education programmes relevant to industry, including bio-drug discovery science, nano-science and medicine, imaging techniques, designer crops, bioengineering and biomaterials, intellectual property, technology transfer and regulation to fulfil and overcome the acute shortage of skilled human resources in India. It would be a hub of biotechnology expertise in the countries in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) region, and more generally in the Asia region, and to address human resources needs in the region.

The Centre is an inter-disciplinary institution in life sciences and biotechnology and offers novel educational & training courses in the interdisciplinary and related areas of biotechnology. It would also address designing of new and novel programmes for education & training which could then be assimilated by the existing universities in India and the Region.
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Science & Technology Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan says Scientific Temper needed for a boost to start up movement in the Country

India International Science Festival (IISF) 2015 to be held at IIT, Delhi from 4th TO 8th December 2015

The Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan says that government is endeavoring to promote scientific temper in the country to give a boost to start up movement in the country. Addressing a Press conference to give details of the First India International Science Festival (IISF) being organized at IIT Delhi from 4th to 8th December 2015, he said, India made invaluable contribution in generating and distributing scientific knowledge for the benefit of humanity while also making many landmark scientific achievements. The Minister pointed out that concerted efforts  are to be made now to reap the benefits of science research for the improvement of quality life of our people. He pointed out that fostering scientific temper is considered far more relevant today than ever before. Diffusion of science and technology across the entire societal fabric shall help foster scientific temper and reinforce a rational attitude.

The Minister said the IISF 2015 targets to involve and include commoners with a view to improve their scientific understanding, temperament and appreciation for various feats in science & technology by showcasing Indian achievements. Giving details about the science festival Dr. Harsh Vardhan said this is expected to be the  country’s biggest ever Technology & Industrial Expo where a world record attempt in science practical demonstration  by 2,000 school children as per Guinness guidelines will also be held. There will be an international science film festival and around 400 research papers presented by young scientists will be the highlights of the first India International Science Festival (IISF).
The Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) has been chosen as the nodal government institution to organise this mega event in collaboration with Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA).

This science festival will stand apart from other events of the kind in view of the diversity of programmes it includes.

In all around 4,000 delegates from India and abroad are expected to take part in IISF 2015 which will aim to showcase the achievements of Indian scientists and institutions; explore ways to translate academic research to industrial applications benefiting the common man and encourage culmination of scientific temperament among youngsters, especially schoolchildren.
The objectives of IISF 2015 are as follows:

·         Exposing the fruits of Science & Technology to the masses
·         Building strategy to instil scientific temper among the masses
·         Showcasing Indian contributions in the field of S&T over the years
·         Providing platform to young scientists for exchange of knowledge & ideas
·         Supporting flagship programs like Make in India, Digital India, Start-ups, Smart Villages, Smart Cities, etc. initiated by the Govt. of India

Approximately 3000 young scientists from the country are expected to participate as delegates in this Festival, which has the following components:

a)      Young Scientists' Conference
b)      Techno-Industrial Expo
c)      Science Film Festival
d)     National Level Exhibition & Project Competition (NLEPC) showcasing innovative models under ‘INSPIRE’ Programme of DST
e)      Industry-Academia Conclave
f)       Largest Practical Science Lab Demo
g)      Interactive Workshops & Informative Sessions

IISF 2015 intends to be a platform for scientists to interact for sharing ideas and knowledge. In the present day scenario, India has a huge number of technically qualified professionals, yet scientific temper is not much evident across the nation. Hence, fostering scientific temper is considered far more relevant today than ever before. Diffusion of science and technology across the entire societal fabric shall help foster scientific temper and reinforce a rational attitude. Today we need path-breaking inventions to support flagship programs such as Make in India, Digital India, Smart Villages and Smart Cities that were initiated by the Prime Minister. Listening to the voice of young scientists from the country on the topics of relevance to our global world is considered essential to fulfil these initiatives for a better tomorrow. It is with these objectives that the 1st India International Science Festival is being organised in Delhi from 4th to 8th December 2015.

This is a Special effort to bring thousands of young children, young scientists and the public at large at one venue and expose them to the excitement of doing science and feel proud of the scientific and technological achievements of the Nation and dream of even higher and more challenging goals. Special emphasis will be laid on exploring ways to translate academic research to practical industrial applications benefiting the common man, promotion of this translational spirit among young children and scientists and promotion of scientific temper among people of this country.

Among the major events of IISF 2015 is a mega Technology and Industrial Expo on the theme “Think Science, Live Science”. More than 240 stalls and pavilions spread over 72,000 sq ft of exhibition space will showcase innovations from government ministries and departments, science and technology councils of various states, autonomous institutions, R&D organisations, technological institutes, laboratories, educational institutions and public/private sector companies engaged in research.

The National Level Exhibition & Project Competition (NLEPC) under the ‘INSPIRE’ Programme of the Department of Science and Technology would be an integral part of IISF 2015. Around 800 students of Classes VI to X, selected on the basis of state-level competitions, will showcase their innovative project models. 60 best projects will be shortlisted and top three will be awarded.

The festival will host a number of scientific and technical sessions addressed by leading scientists from the country and abroad. Nearly 400 research papers will be presented during the Young Scientists’ Conference on subjects ranging from Indigenous Science and Technology, Agricultural Practices and Livestock Management, Green Energy, Waste Management and Water Management to Ocean Sciences, Geo Information Systems and Vector Control.

Another major milestone of IISF 2015 would be to attempt setting a World Record for the largest practical science laboratory experiment by 2,000 school students on Monday (December 7).  The current world record is held by a group 1,339 Irish schoolchildren. Officials from the Guinness Book of World Records will be on hand to oversee and authenticate the record.

An international science film festival running from December 5-7, will screen internationally acclaimed, national award winning films on science, health and environment. Eminent filmmakers and science communicators will conduct workshops for film enthusiasts and students.

The planned Industry-Academia conclave will feature representatives of well known industrial houses and the country’s premier institutes to work out ways to make college students career-ready by providing a post academic knowledge environment and industry exposure.

Nearly 6,000 students from schools and colleges are expected to interact directly with eminent scientists at IISF 2015.

One of the core themes of IISF, the promotion of green energy, is being demonstrated by a festival participant, Bangalore-based Shri Syed Sajjad Ahmed. He has journeyed from Bangalore to Delhi in a solar-powered car he developed on his own. Shri Ahmed, who started on the trip on 1st November, reaches Delhi on 2nd December, 2015.

India International Science Festival will be a pioneering event in terms of both its scale and significance. It will reach out not just to the scientific community but the common man. There will be a great deal for school and college students to learn and explore at IISF, the first edition of which will aim to set new benchmarks for science events in the country.



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