Thousands of students visited the biodiversity special Science Express at the Platform II of Kozhikode Railway station on its first day of visit.

It seems the children of Kozhikode were eagerly waiting for the Science Express this time too. Thousands of students visited the biodiversity special Science Express at the Platform II of Kozhikode Railway station on its first day of visit.

The Science Express, that began its journey in 2007 has been to Kozhikode five times in the previous years and has covered 92,000 kms so far. It has earned its name as the longest exhibition in the country as well as for the maximum number of exhibitions.

The Biodiversity special Science Express has 16 air-conditioned coaches with information regarding the 10 biodiversity zones in the country.

It aims to create awareness regarding the need to protect the b0iodiversity of the country, to maintain the ecological balance and the danger in climate change.

There is also a children’s zone aimed at developing scientific temperament among children.

There are working and still models describing the climatic changes, energy conservation, waste management, water conservation, mathematics and so on and descriptions on various aspects of the biodiversity zones like the Gangetic plain, North East India, Coastal area, Desert, Western Ghats, Himalayas, Deccan Peninsula and Islands. Information on various herbal medicines, mammals, national parks, vegetables and fruits has been provided at different parts of the train.

The exhibition was inaugurated by M. K. Raghavan, MP, at Kozhikode Railway Station while District Collector C. A. Latha presided over the function.

ADRM of Palakkad Railway Division, Mohan A. Menon was the chief guest on the occasion.

An on-the-spot competition to identify scientist by students of Sreeramakrishna Higher Secondary School and scientific magic by experts from the Regional Science Centre held at the platform after the inaugural function attracted a large audience.

The exhibition will go on till August 27.

The biodiversity edition of the Science Express was flagged off in Delhi on April 9. In 204 days, it would visit 62 locations and conclude at Gandhinagar on October 28.

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