From Lumding SECAS II next moved to Agartala. It was for the first time that Science Express exhibition was being held at Agartala. SECAS II was welcomed by Smt. Bijita Nath, Hon'ble Minister, Science, Technology & Environment, Govt. of Tripura. Dr. Honnareddy N., IFS, Director, Department of Science, Technology & Environment, Govt. of Tripura, was also present on the occasion.
At Agartala, Shri Chander Mohan, Head, NCSTC, SEED, KIRAN, Ms. Indu Puri, Scientist E, SEED Division and Dr. Rashmi Sharma, Scientist E, SEED Division, Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, visited SECAS II and interacted with the on-board team. Besides, teams from National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) and National Innovation Foundation (NIF) also visited the exhibition train. On the last day of the halt, Mr. V. George Jenner, Special Secretary, Department of Industries & Commerce, Govt. of Tripura & Dr. S. P. Gon Chaudhary, Chairman, State Solar Power Committee, Govt. of Tripura, who’s innovative ‘Solar Dome’ has been displayed in coach 11 of SECAS II, visited the exhibition train. It was very inspiring for the on-board Science Communicators to meet and interact with the distinguished scientists and eminent experts.
During the two day halt of SECAS II at Agartala, more than 8,000 people visited the exhibition train. Although, on 14 April, owing to a public holiday, there were very few school and college visits, but a large number of children came to see the exhibition train, accompanied by their parents and guardians. Apart from the exhibition, the children also enthusiastically participated in the activities of JOS Lab, Kids Zone and Platform Activity. At Agartala, the Platform Activity crossed 35,000 students’ participation, in the current phase.Additionally, SECAS II crossed 1,000 schools /colleges and 50,000 student’s visitations at Fakiragram station.
With this, the two-day halt of SECAS II at Agartala came to an end, and the team once again packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next station – Badarpur in Assam.