Expo brings science to masses

Expo brings science to masses

It was a time for selfies and impromptu photo-shoots with models of rockets, missiles, satellites, nuclear power stations and real dinosaur fossils, as a huge crowd visited the much-talked-about “Pride of India” expo, organised as part of the 102nd edition of Indian Science Congress.


The event, being held at the Kalina campus of University of Mumbai and the adjacent MMRDA Grounds at the Bandra-Kurla Complex, saw huge attendance on Sunday. “Our aim is to tell the people about our scientific achievements,” said Ravi Kumar Gupta, Director, Directorate of Public Interface, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

S A Khan, Additional Chief Engineer (Corporate Planning & Corporate Communications) of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), echoed his sentiments. “The response has been good,” said Bengaluru-based DRDO's PRO N M Kaverappa, Regional.

Among the major attractions are the DRDO, which is showcasing defence-related technologies; the ISRO, exhibiting actual scale models of rockets and satellite transponders; the Mangalyan model; the Department of Atomic Energy; the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and the NPCIL.

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the Department of Earth Sciences and the Indian Council of Medical Research also have stalls at the exhibition. ONGC is displaying its latest oil-drilling technologies, while the Central government has put up a mega “Make In India” exhibition highlighting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new initiative.

The DRDO exhibits include strategic and tactical missiles Agni, Prithvi, Nag, Akash, BrahMos and Astra; AEW&CS aircraft — often called “eyes in the sky”; light combat aircraft Tejas; UAVs NISHANT and Lakshya; Arjun battle tank; armoured ambulance and combat-improved Ajeya; autonomous underwater vehicles and Mareech decoys; military communication equipment; electronic warfare systems, night vision devices; NBC protective systems; flameless heating packs for instant food-warming,
nanotechnology-based products; agro-animal technologies and packaged food products.


The exhibits by the Centre for Extramural Studies of the University of Mumbai, INSTUCEN Trust and the Deccan College, Pune—including rocks, precious stones and fossils—also attracted huge crowds.  Some of these were fossils of extinct animals like the mammoth, and semiprecious minerals found deep in Earth’s crust.

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