KERALA

`Vigyan Rail' to arrive tomorrow

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, APRIL 24 . `Vigyan Rail', the unique science exhibition on wheels showcasing the country's defence power and the achievements in various fields of Science and Technology since Independence, will arrive on a five-day visit to the capital on April 26.

The rail science exhibition, which was flagged off by the Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in December last to coincide with the observance of 2004 as Year of Scientific Awareness, is arriving in the capital here after visiting several States.

The achievements made by the country in the field of space, defence, environment, information technology, ocean development, agriculture and non-conventional energy sources are highlighted in the exhibition.

The Army's main battle tank, Arjun, Agni, Prithvi, Nag and Brahmos missiles and the multi-role Light Combat Aircraft Tejas and pilotless Nishant will be on display.

The Indian space launch vehicles, PSLV and GSLV, and the satellites, INSAT and IRS, are among the exhibits.

A huge portrait of the astronaut, Kalpana Chawla who died in the Columbia disaster in the U.S., will tower over all the models of space-technology.

The coaches of the Defence Research and Development Organisation and the Indian Space Research Organisation will display military power and achievements in space programme.

As many as 12 coaches exhibit the country's development in various fields of science and technology, including the achievements of the Department of Atomic Energy.

The `Vigyan Rail' also exhibits the achievements of 18 other departments of various ministries, including environment, communication, and information technology, scientific and industrial research.

A separate section on the country's scientific heritage showcases the contributions of J.C. Bose, P.C. Ray, C.V. Raman, M.N. Saha, S.N. Bose, H.J. Bhaba and Vikram Sarabhai.

According to Railways, the exhibition train will be berthed on platform five of the Central Railway Station and the public can visit the rail exhibition between 10 a.m and 6 p.m on all the five days.

Entry to the exhibition is free.

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