From Kodaikanal, SECAS II next moved to Virudhunagar in Tamil Nadu. SECAS II was welcomed by Shri V. Sukumar, AEO (Science) and Shri Tmt. M. Ramalakshmi Murugan, Assistant Elementary Education Officer, Virudhunagar. Dr. S. M. Retninemel, Diabetologist, Virudhunagar also graced the occasion by his presence.
Shri A. Sivagnanam, IAS, District Collector, Virudhunagar, visited SECAS II and interacted with the on-board team and appreciated the efforts of the team and the Govt. of India, in conceptualizing a project like Science Express. The SECAS II team also had the opportunity to meet and interact with Shri D. N. Venkat- the innovator of multi-tree climber, the prototype of which has been displayed in coach 11 of SECAS II.
SECAS II was scheduled for three days at Virudhunagar. SECAS II received an overwhelming response from students, general public and children of different age group. The third day of halt at Virudhunagar turned out to be record making day, with students from 147 educational institutions visiting SECAS II – the highest, in a single day, in the current phase. Altogether in three days, more than 49,000 visitors including students from 204 different educational institutions visited SECAS II at Virudhunagar.
At Virudhunagar, SECAS II team conducted a Teachers Orientation Session for a group of 176 primary school teachers. The on-board team oriented the participating teachers on ‘Non-Conventional Methods of Teaching’ and ‘Hands-on Approaches’ for teaching science and mathematics in classroom which can be helpful for better understanding of concepts by students.
Care AKPS, Virudhunagar and Bharat Scouts and Guides, Madurai also extended their support in co-ordination of SECAS II activities at Virudhunagar.
At Virudhunagar, SECAS II crossed 13 lakh total visitors’ mark, 8.5 lakh general public visitations’, and 1000 teachers’ participation in the Teachers Orientation Programme, in the current phase
With this, the halt of SECAS II at Virudhunagar came to a successful end and the team packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next station – Arumuganeri.