1. When will the “3rd International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability (‘SMUS Conference‘) & 2nd RC33 Regional Conference Asia, India in cooperation with ESA RN21 ‘Quantitative Methods’“ take place?
  • The conference will take place from Monday, 20th February, 2023 to Sunday, 26th February, 2023.
  1. Will the conference program be held online, in-person or in a hybrid manner?
  • The conference program will be held in-person at IIT Roorkee, India.
  1. How much does it cost to participate in the conference?
  • There is no conference fee.  Coffee/tea breaks and water will be provided, without cost, to all participants for the duration of the conference.
  1. Will there be any travel grants for the participants? 
  • SMUS India has a limited number of travel grants for SMUS network partner institutions and universities. To find out whether your institution or university is part of the SMUS global network please visit the SMUS Global Network Map or contact the SMUS India team at smus2023.iitroorkee@ar.iitr.ac.in
  1. What will be the official language for the presentations?
  • English will be the official language for sessions and lectures.
  1. Can SMUS India assist me in getting a visa?
  • We can help with issuing the visa by sending a visa letter to the participant and the corresponding embassy/consulate to facilitate the visa issuing but we do not issue it by ourselves.
  1. Which type of Visa to apply for coming to SMUS Conference India?
  • If your only purpose for visiting India is to attend the SMUS Conference you can apply for Conference Visa at the corresponding embassy/consulate/mission. Alternatively, in case, you plan to travel beyond conference days to other locations in India you can also explore the option of a tourist visa.
  1. Process of applying for Visa.

For any Visa application, applicants might need (amongst others) to provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Nationality
  • Passport No.
  • National Identity No. (for example, for Germans it is: Personalausweis Nr.)
  • Full Name and place of birth of both father and mother
  • All countries you have been during the last 10 years (the maximum No. you can enter is 20)
  • An Indian Reference including address :

Gaurav Raheja, Professor & Head, Department of Architecture & Planning, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee-247667, Uttarakhand, India, +91 1332 285 709, gaurav.raheja@ar.iitr.ac.in

  • Address of the campus accommodation at IIT Roorkee:

Institute Guest House, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee-247667, Uttarakhand, India

  • Places you want to go in India: Please enter “Delhi, Roorkee, Haridwar” as well as any other places you want to go to.
  • Digital photo (max. 6 months old, 5x5cm)
  • Passport copy as pdf (max. 300KB).
  1. Additional information for Conference Visa application
  • A letter of invitation by the conference organisers which was sent in November and an updated copy is resent with the signature of the Convener, Prof. Dr. Gaurav Raheja.
  • A conference clearance from the Indian government. As informed earlier, we are currently working on this and will send it as soon as possible. Please note, as this is out of the hands of the local organizing team, this clearance might come as late as late January.
  • A statement of your employer certifying that you are working for them, e.g. by the head of your department or your dean.
  1. How do we reach Roorkee?
  • There are two airports near Roorkee, the first is Dehradun which is 70km away and the second is New Delhi which is around 180km away. If you are an international traveller, we advise you to use Delhi airport. Buses and trains ply from Delhi to Roorkee every day. You can avail A/C bus services from ISBT Kashmere Gate, ISBT Anand Vihar and Ghaziabad, that reaches within 4 hours. In case you choose to travel by train, the best train would be the Shatabdi express which takes a minimum of 4 hours, starting at 6:45 AM and reaches Roorkee at 10:59 AM. You need to book tickets in Indian Railways at least a month prior for seat confirmation.
  • A taxi or cab is always an open option. Uber and Ola outstation cab services are easily available from Delhi Airport.
  1. Accommodations near IIT Roorkee?

There are a number of hotels in Roorkee town where the candidates can make their own arrangements. The list of hotels in close proximity to IIT Roorkee is given below:

  1. Who do I contact if I have any further questions?
  • If you have any questions, please contact us using the following email address: smus2023.iitroorkee@ar.iitr.ac.in and a member of the team will get back to you as quickly as possible.

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