31 Dec : The rich socio-cultural heritage and bio-diversity of the northeastern region would be on the spotlight during the India Science Congress session to be held in Shillong from 3rd January.
"Delegates and participants who would be coming from outside have already told us about their desire to visit places like Kaziranga National Park and Cherrapunjee during their stay," North East Hill University (NEHU) Vice-chancellor of Pramod Tandon said.
Over 4,000 participants from countries like US, China, Japan and Bangladesh are expected to attend the five-day meet that will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 3rd January.
The participants would be state guests. The prestigious event would help the region explore its potential, promote its tourism and showcase it to the world, Tandon, who is also the chairman of the organising committee, said.
A pavilion will showcase various achievements and development of the northeastern states, their rich culture and heritage.
The Science Congress will have exclusive sessions on biodiversity and traditional knowledge, clean energy generation, disaster management and climate change, the organisers said.
The Meghalaya Tourism department has come up with a tourism guide brochure specially for the mega event.Another important aspect would be to tap traditional knowledge of the region which has been handed to generations, the organisers said.