Governance & Administration

India is a Sovereign Socialist Secular Democratic Republic with a Parliamentary form of government which is federal in structure with unitary features. There is a Council of Ministers with the Prime Minster as its head to advice the President who is the constitutional head of the country. Similarly in states there is a Council of Ministers with the Chief Minister as its head, who advices the Governor.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (translation: Indian People’s Party; abbr. BJP) is one of the two major political parties in India, along with the Indian National Congress. As of 2016, it is the country’s largest political party in terms of representation in the national parliament and state assemblies, and it is the world’s largest party in terms of primary membership.

Prime Minister: Narendra Modi
President: Pranab mukherjee

Nerandra-ModiPrime Minister: Mr. Narendra Modi

Pranab-Mukherjee-imagePresident: Mr. Pranab Mukherjee


Since time immemorial, India has been a sought-after destination for visitors from all parts of the globe. Every region, every part, presents a unique culture with distinctive traditions, language, festivals, beliefs and rituals and this has created an inimitable wealth of historical and cultural heritage. Throughout the ages, rulers from different parts of the world have made India their home, and this has brought about a fusion of culture, art and architecture which has greatly enhanced the rich mosaic of India’s tourist attractions. The heritage architectural marvels include the iconic Taj Mahal, FatehpurSikri, Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Jama Masjid, Pearl Mosque, Charminar, Golconda Fort, Hawa Mahal, Mahabalipuram, Humpi to name but a few.

Leisure, therapeutic, sports and wildlife related activities invite many to explore the wealth of opportunities and natural resources. The intensity of color, sight and taste highlights the richness of the India experience.

India has emerged as a nerve centre for political, economic and commercial activities. With the world’s largest young population driving growth and business potential, India has emerged a favourite for all types of commerce and industry. Coupled with its legendary tourism attractions, India has strengthened its position as a ‘preferred’ congress destination.

General Information


All conference sessions will be conducted in English only.

Smoking Restrictions

All meeting rooms and corridors are no-smoking areas. Smoking in public places is illegal in India. There are designated outdoor smoking areas at the venue.

Business and Shopping Hours

Offices and business establishments are generally open from 1000 – 1730 hours, Monday to Friday. Shops are generally open from 1000 – 2000 hours from Monday to Saturday. Big shopping centers are open everyday from 1100 – 2100 hours.

Consumption of food & water

Drink only bottled water and check that the seal is intact when you receive it. Avoid food and drinks from street vendors.

Currency & Foreign Exchange

The currency in India is the Rupee, which comes in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000. Please use authorised money changers and banks to change currency. They will issue a certificate of exchange which is required at the time of re-conversion of any unused currency. It is illegal to exchange foreign currency other than through authorised money changers or banks. The current exchange rate can be found from

There are 24-hour ATMs all over the city. International credit cards are widely accepted. Normal commercial banking hours are from 1000 – 1600 hours, Monday to Friday. Banks are closed on weekends and on public holidays.

Dress Guidelines

Business attire or smart casuals are recommended for the sessions. Lounge suits or culturally traditional attire are appropriate for the social events.


September is pleasant with temperature running between 29°C to 32°C. It is suitable for sightseeing and outdoor activities in Visakhapatnam.


The voltage in India is 220 volts. In case you wish to use appliances of 110 volts, please check with your hotel if they can provide adaptors on request.

Export Regulations

On your return you may take back, as accompanied baggage, souvenirs including silk, wool, handicrafts etc., without any limit, and gold and silver items up to a value of 100,000. Please note that the export of antiques and art objects more than 100 years old is restricted, and the export of wildlife products is prohibited.

International Telephone

The Country Code for India is ’91’.
For mobile connections this is followed by a 10 digit number example: 91 XXXXX XXXXX
For fixed line connections this is followed by the Visakhapatnam City Code ‘891’ followed by a seven-digit telephone number, e.g. 91 891 XXX XXXX.
The international access code when dialling out of India is “00”.

Local Time

Indian Standard Time (IST) is GMT + 5 ½ hours

Public Transport

Visakhapatnam is a widespread city, and we advise participants to use tourist cars or metered taxis when required. Please contact the Concierge or Reception at the Novotel for this service.


There is no compulsion to tip anyone for any service rendered. If you choose to do so, the traditional tip is 10%, rounded off.

Tour/Travel Desk

Please contact the Concierge or Reception at the Novotel for this service.


The host organization and its sponsors are not liable for personal accidents or losses or damages to private property of attendees of the Congress.