GENERAL INFORMATION

INSURANCE: The Organizing Committee assumes no liability for participant’s personal accidents, sickness, and theft or property damage. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.

VISA: A valid VISA is necessary for all overseas delegates and all delegates are requested to apply at least 6 to 8 weeks before the proposed date of departure. For China and SAARC countries a permission authorization will be sent to the respective Indian Consulate Office in their country; however, the individual delegates are required to apply for Indian visa, well in advance.

LANGUAGE: The official language of the Symposium will be English.

LETTER OF INVITATION: Individuals requiring an official letter of invitation in order to obtain a visa and authorization to attend the symposium should contact the Organizing Committee. An invitation letter will be sent on request to registered delegates only. The letter of invitation does not financially obligate the symposium organizes in any way. All expenses incurred in relation to the symposium are the sole responsibility of the participant.
CURRENCY: The currency of India is Indian Rupees. One Rupee is divided into 100 paise. Rupee currency notes come in the denomination of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 2000. Current exchange rate is: US $ 1 = Rs. 65/-, 1 Euro = Rs. 75/- (approx.)

BANKING AND EXCHANGE FACILITIES: Currency exchange facilities are available at banks and hotels. Most banks are open from 10 am to 2 pm from Monday to Friday; however, some banks offer extended banking hours. 24 hours ATMs are located in shopping centers and many neighborhood markets.

ELECTRICITY: In India electricity is provided at 220 V, 50 Hz. Sockets take round pins (2 or 3). Adapters are generally available at all hotels.
TAXI: Taxis are on call 24 hrs over the telephone. Air-conditioned (AC) taxis are available at the both the International and domestic terminals. In addition, there are prepaid counters at the airport for travel to any part of the city.

ABOUT CUTTACK: The Silver City ‘Cuttack is the former capital and one of the oldest cities of Odisha State. The name of the city is an anglicized form of Kataka that literally means “The Fort”. It is located about 28 km to the north east of Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha. Cuttack is famous for its unique silver filigree work. The city is well connected with all other important cities of India by the network of 'Indian Railway' as well as by air via Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar.

A lot of architectural wonders and heritage sites in Odisha offer breathtaking views and a wholesome experience to the tourists visiting the State. The 'Jagannath Temple', located in the coastal town of Puri, 90 km away from Cuttack, is a famous 'Hindu Temple' dedicated to Lord Jagannath (Krishna). Konark, located at a distance of nearly 80 km from Cuttack, is famous all over the world for its magnificent 'Sun Temple' which is a world heritage monument declared by the UNESCO. The open air zoo 'Nandankanan National Park' is located at a distance of 20 km from Cuttack. It is famous for the rare white tigers, reptiles and snakes. 'Lingaraj Temple', dedicated to lord Shiva is located in the Temple City Bhubaneswar. 'Dhauli Hill', one of the most visited Buddhist pilgrim destinations in India, is located at a distance of 8 km from Bhubaneswar. The edicts at Dhauli are a living testimony to Emperor Ashoka's adoption of the doctrine of non-violence. Khandagiri and Udayagiri caves of Bhubaneswar are famous shrines of Jains. Incidentally, Koraput district of Odisha is identified as a place of secondary origin of rice.

TIMEZONE: Indian Standard Time is 5½ hours ahead of GMT, 10½ hours ahead of American Eastern Standard Time.

WEATHER: At the time of the Symposium the climate in Cuttack will be pleasant with clear skies and plenty of sunshine. The day temperature ranges from 25-27ºC.