For foreign participants, information on obtaining an Indian visa can be found here: "https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/" or you can contact your local Indian Consulate. Participants are requested to apply online for conference visa well in advance. The duly signed physical application form along with other supporting documents should be submitted at the concerned Indian Visa Application Center (IVAC) on the scheduled date of interview or directly to Indian Mission/ Post. You also require the following documents (downloadable from the links below) to be submitted to the IVAC or directly to Indian Mission/ Post.
- Letter of invitation from the conference organizer. (A formal letter of invitation will be sent to the participant's email ID.)
- Security clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. [ download pdf ]
- Political clearance from the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. [ not available yet ]
- Approval from the nodal ministry, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Government of India. [download pdf ]
Participants may apply for visa with the two approvals available here and the letter of invitation sent to them by email.
Conference Visa for participants from (1) Afghanistan (2) China (3) Iran (4) Iraq (5) Pakistan (6) Sudan (7) Foreigners of Pakistani origin and (8) Stateless persons can be issued only after additional clearance by Ministry of Home Affairs. Therefore, online application for Conference Visa must be submitted at least 60 days in advance.
REACHING SRM UNIVERSITY
The SRM University Main Campus (Kattankulathur) is 40 kms from Chennai city on NH 45, and around 20 kms from Chennai Airport. The nearest Bus stop and Railway station is Potheri. The University is well connected by road, rail and air.
Those coming from other states of India by train, should get down at the Chennai Central Station, come out and cross the high road through the pedestrian subway and reach 'Park' suburban metro rail station. Two destination trains are available from Park suburban metro rail station - to (i) Tambaram (TBM) (ii) Chengalpattu (CGL).
(i) If you take the train to Tambaram, then get down at Tambaram and reach the local bus stand there. Take T60 or T60 LSS bus and get down at SRM or Potheri stop. It is a 20 minute travel from Tambaram to reach SRM University. (Total Travel time from Chennai Central Railway Station will be around One Hour).
(ii) If you take the train to Chengalpattu, you can directly reach Potheri railway station. SRM University is just opposite to Potheri railway station.
Pre paid Taxi is also available. Approximate fare : INR 850/-
The nearest railway station from the Chennai Airport is Thrisulam, located just opposite the Airport. Get on a train towards Tambaram and follow the instructions given in the 'By Rail' section above for reaching SRM University.
Pre paid Taxi is also available. Approximate fare : INR 650/-