Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is scheduled to visit Orissa twice during the first week of November to attend the 99th Indian National Science Congress, official sources said.
Prime Minister is scheduled visit the state to inagurate the Indian National Science Congress here on November 3.
"Singh will again come to the state capital on November 7 to take over as the president of the next Science Congress on the concluding day," an official spokesman said after chief secretary B K Patnaik reviewed the preparedness for the mega event here on Monday.
Besides the Prime Minister, about 15,000 delegates including 1500 from abroad including 20 Nobel Laureates were scheduled to attend the Indian National Science Congress to be jointly organised by National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Government of Orissa and KIIT University.
Being held in Orissa after a long interval of 34 years, the Congress would be attended by distinguished scientists, Cabinet Ministers, heads of scientific bodies, top officials and captains of industry.
A new feature of the session would be Children Science Congress and Women Science Congress, sources said. More than 10,000 children are expected to participate in Children Science Congress.
The prestigious UNESCO-Kalinga Award would be presented at the Congress on November 4 which would see quiz competition for students and an exhibition, the official said adding that the Women Science Congress would be conducted on November 5.
A Vigyan Rath would be rolled out from Puri to travel through all the 30 districts of Orissa for spreading awareness about science and technology, he said.
The Congress was expected to give Orissa a forum to seek more central scientific and educational institutions besides providing an opportunity to showcase its potentials in many sectors like tourism, business and industry as well as its rich and multi-faceted culture,organisers said.