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'Science Express' to popularise science

india Updated: Sep 26, 2006 16:46 IST
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Going the extra mile, literally, to spread scientific temper, the governments of India and Germany plan to roll out 'Science Express', which will traverse across the country to attract youngsters to science.

Science Express, a joint initiative of the Ministry of Science and Technology and Max Planck Institute, Germany, will crisscross the country all through next year as a part of efforts to generate interest of the younger generation in science.

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has extended its support to the project when its visiting Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Rachel met Department of Science and Technology Secretary T Ramasami on Monday.

"The Science Express will explain basic concepts of science in a simple way in its bid to attract students to the subject," Rachel told a group of reporters here.

Concerns have been voiced in the scientific fraternity over reduction in the numbers of students opting for science as a subject for higher education.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said at a CSIR function to honour scientists today, "we must find ways of making these disciplines more attractive to children."

The 'Science Express' train will also focus on astronomy, achievements in the field of science, centres of excellence and profiles of scientists.

Indo-German cooperation, particularly in the field of science, has been on an upswing and a meeting of the joint committee on science and technology yesterday discussed ways and means to further enhance ties in the field of disaster management, nanotechnology, biotechnology, climate change as well as medical research.

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