From Deesa, SECAS II next moved to Bhuj in Gujarat.It was welcomed by Shri Nitin Sangwan, IAS, Bhuj. Shri Pradeep Sharma, PRO, Ahmedabad Division, Shri Nilesh Guar, Deputy District Education Officer (Primary), Shri Kuldeep Singh, Director, Jan Vigyan Kendra, Bhuj & the Station Manager, Bhuj, were present at the occasion. Shri Vinod Chavda, MP, Shri Vasabhai, Member Secretary, Parliament, Ms. Remya Mohan, District Collector, Kutch and Shri C. J. Patel, District Development Officer, Kutch, also visited SECAS II at Bhuj. The noted dignitaries appreciated the efforts of Govt. of India and SECAS team, for spreading awareness amongst the people on climate change.
On the third day of halt at Bhuj, a team of Scientists from Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology, Bhuj, including Dr. B. Anjan Kumar Prusty, Senior Scientist, and Dr. Aliya Naz, ProjectScientist, visited SECAS II. They appreciated the concept and coach contents on climate change in SECAS and its interpretation by the on-board team of communicators.
At Bhuj, SECAS II received an incredible response from students, children and general visitors. Altogether in three days, 67,264 visitors including more than 15,500 students from 200 educational institutions visited SECAS II.
The complementary activities in JOS Lab, Kids Zone and at the Platform also registered enthusiastic participation at Bhuj.As a part of Platform activity, the SECAS II team conducted sessions on ‘Science Behind Miracles’. In this, the team demonstrated different activities like ‘Red Feet Impressions on a Piece of Cloth’, ‘Blood in Lemon’, ‘Walk on Nails’, ‘Miraculous Flower in a Coconut’ and ‘Lifting a Rice Pot with a Super powered Knife’ etc. and discussed the scientific principles behind these miraculous looking activities. It was well appreciated by the participants.
At Bhuj, Science Express crossed number of milestones. SECAS II crossed 23 lakh total visitations; 70,000 children’s participation in Kids Zone; 1.5 lakh student’s participation in Platform Activity.Additionally, Science Express, cumulative of all its phases (Phase I - IX) crossed 17.9 million total visitations and 40 lakh students’ visitations.
With this, the three-day halt of SECAS II at Bhuj came to an end, and the team packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next station – Bhaktinagar in Gujarat.