From Virudhunagar, SECAS II next moved to Arumuganeri in Tamil Nadu. SECAS II was welcomed by Shri Deepak Jacob, IAS, Sub Collector, along with Shri R. Jayakumar, Executive Vice President, DCW Ltd., Thoothukudi. Ms. A. Anitha, Chief Education Officer and Ms. Senthurkeni, District Education Officer, Thoothukudi, also graced the occasion.
SECAS II received an overwhelming response at Arumuganeri. The third day of halt turned out to be record breaking as SECAS II received students from 165 educational institutions –the highest in a single day in the current phase. Altogether in three days of halt, more than 28,000 students from 346 different educational institutions visited SECAS II.
Along with the exhibition train, JOS Lab, Kids Zone and Platform Activity also received enthusiastic response at Arumuganeri. A team from Wildlife Institute of India including with Dr. J A Johnson, Scientist E, visited the exhibition train and extended their support to SECAS II team in coordinating its activities. They also organized cultural programme on ’Dolphin Conservation’ and ‘Dugong Conservation’ along with the help of local activists as a part of Platform Activity. It was very well appreciated by everyone.
At Arumuganeri, SECAS II team held a Teacher Orientation Session for a group of primary school teachers. The on-board team conducted an orientation session on ‘Hands-on Approaches’ for teaching science and mathematics. They also held discussion on National Curriculum Framework and emphasized upon Cognitive Learning Pedagogy and demonstrated different models and activities for easy and fun-filled classroom teaching.
Students from Shivanthi Adhityanar Arts College, Kamala Bedi School voluntarily helped the SECAS II team in interpreting the exhibits in local language. The officials from Railway Protection Force and Traffic Police also extended their support in co-ordination of SECAS II activities at Arumuganeri.
At Arumuganeri, SECAS II crossed many landmarks. It crossed 2.5 lakh students’ visitations; 1 lakh students’ participation in Platform Activity; 50,000 children’s participation in Kids Zone; 45,000 students’ participation in JOS Lab in the current phase. Additionally, Science Express, cumulative of all it phases (phase I-IX), crossed 17 million total visitors mark.
With this, the halt of SECAS II at Arumuganeri came to a successful end and the team packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next station – Kayankulam in Kerela.