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Mr. Debraj Pradhan
Ambassador of India to Norway


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Magnetic Maharashtra: Convergence Maharashtra 2018
18-20 February, 2018 at Mumbai

The Embassy of India would like to inform that the state of Maharashtra, India is launching its first ever state driven Global Investor Summit, Magnetic Maharashtra: Convergence 2018, in Mumbai during the 18-20th of February, 2018. Click here for more details
The UP Investors Summit 2018
21-22 February, 2018 at Lucknow


The Embassy of India in Norway would like to inform that the Government of
Uttar Pradesh is organizing the UP Investors Summit 2018 on 21-22
February, 2018 at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan, Lucknow. The Summit would
focus on creating awareness about the changing business climate in Uttar
Pradesh and exploring investment opportunities in the state. Bringing
together business leaders, corporate houses, policy makers and
representations from around the world, the Summit would be inaugurated by
the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi. Click here for more details
Human Resource Development for Health Research Scheme
An opportunity for NRIs/PIOs serving abroad in health research activities


The Embassy of India would like to inform that the Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India is administering a Scheme for ‘Human Resource Development for Health Research’ (HRD Scheme) which is intended to create a pool of talented health research personnel in the country by upgrading skills of faculty of medical colleges by specialized training in priority areas of health research. The scheme also has a separate component specifically for emerging young scientists and Non-resident Indians (NRIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO), Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) serving abroad in health research activities so that they can come back to India for undertaking research in indentified areas.

As part of the Scheme, Non-Resident Indians, will be provided Stipend/ Salary and Rs. 1 Crore grant for 5 years. This Scheme provides an opportunity for these persons/ Faculty to return to India and pursue research in any Institute across India.

The priority areas of research identified for the Scheme include Toxicology, Genomics, Proteomics, Geriatrics, Stem Cell Research, Clinical Trials, Good Clinical Practices (GCP), Biotechnology, Genetics, Operational Research, Health Informatics, Medical Ethics, Health Economics and any other area that needs support as per National Health Policy.

The detailed guidelines regarding eligibility criteria, financial components including the formats of application are available on For further details, Dr. Kavitha Rajsekar, Scientist-D, email id, phone number +91-11-23736085 may be contacted. Click here for more details
Finance Minister presented the budget for 2018-19 on February 01, 2018.

Highlights of the Budget speech can be found at:

Full text of the speech in English is at:

Full text of speech in Hindi is at:

PM’s statement on the budget can be found at:
"The Embassy of India would like to inform that the External Affairs Minister, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, launched Admissions to Alumni (A2A) ICCR Scholarship Portal on January 17, 2018 at New Delhi. Please see the link for further details.

The ‘Admission-to-Alumni’ (A2A) portal is an initiative taken by ICCR in coordination with the E-Governance and IT Division of MEA to move from paper based admissions to online scholarship portal. With A2A Portal, systemic needs of implementation structure – from the stage of admissions till the student completes his/her course and leaves the country, including matters related to financial and academic monitoring – will be addressed of this important programme which is aimed at generating goodwill for India."
Nomination for Scientists H/Outstanding Scientists

The Embassy of India would like to inform that the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research is looking for outstanding Scientists/Technologists for filling up of the positions of Scientist ‘H’/Outstanding Scientist for their Unit/Group/Centre at CSIR Hqrs in level 15 (Rs. 1,82,200-2,24,100) of pay-matrix, notified vide Advt. No. 02/2017. A copy of the advertisement indicating the qualifications, experience and job requirements for the post is enclosed.
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The current dead line of 31 December 2017 for conversion of PIO cards to OCI card(with the fee of NOK155+NOK25) will not be extended. From 01 January 2018, PIO card holders applying for conversion of PIO card to OCI card will be charged full fee applicable to fresh OCI card application. Postal applications received for conversion with the existing fee after 31 December 2017 will not be processed and the applicants will be asked to pay the balance fee. Postal delays are not taken into account by the Embassy.

As per the new ICAO guidelines, any form of handwritten travel documents, including PIO card, are not valid from October 2018. From October 2018, any PIO card holder trying to enter India on the basis of hand written PIO card will be refused entry at the Indian immigration counters and will be sent back. PIO endorsement applications will not be accepted at the Embassy from September 2018.

Applicants are requested to refer to Indian Embassy's website for updates on fees and OCI/PIO related matters.

Dear friends,
To commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and to observe "Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day)", the Embassy of India is organizing a Seminar on the "Life and Contribution of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel" on Monday, the 30th October, 2017 at 4.00 pm at the Embassy Premises. H.E. Mr. Debraj Pradhan, Ambassador of India will give a presentation on the occasion. Following the presentation, short films on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel will be screened.

It is our pleasure to invite you and your colleagues / friends to participate at the Seminar on 30th October, 2017 at 4.00 p.m. at the Embassy premises.
The Embassy of India in Norway would like to inform that the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has recently concluded a survey titled “Are Winds of Change Bringing Good Tidings for Indian Companies Doing Business in Europe”.
More Details Click here
To download EU Survey Media Release Click here.
To download Survey Report_F-2017 Click here.
The Embassy of India in Norway would like to inform that the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research - Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CSIR-CECRI), Karaikudi has floated the attached Global Tender Notice for procurement of CNC WIRE EDM MACHINE and accessories. Last date for submission of tenders is 16th November, 2017. Copy of the advertisement is attached.
More Details Click here
To download a soft copy of the tender document Click here.
The Embassy of India in Norway would like to inform that the Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) has floated a GLOBAL TENDER The tender was uploaded in their E – Procurement portal. Last date for submission of the tender documents is 7th November, 2017.
More Details Click here
To download a soft copy of the tender document Click here.
"Swachhta hi Sewa" campaign - (September 15 to October 02, 2017)
The Embassy of India, Oslo observed “Swachhta hi Sewa” campaign from September 15, 2017 to October 02, 2017.
The Ambassador called a meeting of all officials and made a special mention of the “Swacchta hi Sewa” campaign to promote the drive for cleanliness and hygiene. During the period, all the unused items were disposed of along with regular cleaning work in the Mission.
A special cleanliness drive was also organized in ‘India House’ and all officials’ residences to mark the campaign.
Travel to India - (Paryatan Parv – Tourism Festival)
5th to 25th October, 2017
The Embassy of India would like to inform that the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India in collaboration with other Central Ministries, State Governments and Stakeholders is organizing a “Paryatan Parv” (Tourism Festival) across the country from the 5th to 25th October 2017. The programme is being organized with the objective of drawing focus on the benefits of tourism, showcasing the cultural diversity of the country and reinforcing the principle of “Tourism for All”.
The Embassy would like to request all Indian Associations to encourage all Indian diaspora living in Norway to visit their own country during the event and make it a success. During the period, Ministry of Tourism will organise a number of tourism events across all States in the country.
For more details, kindly click the link:
International Civil aviation organisation will accept only machine readable travel documents from 2018. It is necessay for PIO card holders(which is hand written) to obtain machine readable OCI card in lieu of PIO before 31 December 2017 to avoid any inconvenience during the travel.
The Embassy of India would like to inform that the National Centre for Antarctic & Ocean Research (NCAOR), Goa, India under the aegis of Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India has initiated activities for acquiring a new polar research vessels to cater to the country’s polar studies. For this purpose, NCAOR is inviting Expression of Interest (EoI) from reputed and capable shipyards worldwide. A copy of public notification is attached to solicit participation of bidders from Norway.

In this regard, the Embassy would appreciate if the interested companies could contact Mr. M.M. Subramaniam, whose contact details are as under:

M.M. Subramaniam
Scientist,I/C, Vessel Operation & Management
National Ce​ntre for Antarctic & Ocean Research,
(Ministry of Earth Sciences),
We would also greatly appreciate if this information could be forwarded to all interested shipbuilders for bidder participation. - Click here to download the invitation
New India Movement 2017-2022
On the occasion of the Commemoration of 75th Anniversary of the Quit India Movement

Friends, As you may be aware, the Quit India Movement that began on 9th August 1942 was an important milestone in the Indian freedom struggle. Five years after the Quit India Movement, India attained freedom on 15th August 1947.
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Click here to download online forum
Let us come together and resolve: Dirt - Quit India; Poverty - Quit India; Corruption - Quit India; Terrorism - Quit India; Casteism - Quit India; Communalism - Quit India!
H.E. Mr. Debraj Pradhan, Ambassador of India to Norway, administering the Pledge "Sankalp Se Siddhi".
Go to and make the Sankalp, take a pledge to become a Builder of New India
Meeting between Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister of Norway in G20 Summit, 2017 in Hamburg, July 08, 2017
On the sidelines of the G 20 Summit in Hamburg, Prime Minister Modi met the Prime Minister of Norway H.E. Ms Erna Solberg. Prime Minister Modi and the Prime Minister of Norway H.E. Ms Erna Solberg discussed bilateral matters, especially strengthening of economic relations. Prime Minister Modi invited participation of Norwegian pension funds in the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund. The Prime Minister of Norway invited India to participate in the Oceans' Conference on the sidelines of UNGA. In a gesture symbolising cooperation for attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Prime Minister Solberg presented to Prime Minister Modi, at the end of the meeting, a football with SDGs inscribed on it.
Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a Notification on June 27, 2017 extending the date for submission of the application for registration as OCI cardholder by the erstwhile PIO cardholders till December 31, 2017

12th International Railway Equipment Exhibition, 11-13 October 2017, PragatiMaidan, New Delhi, India.
For More Details click here.
For brochure click here.
For Form 1 OVERSEAS click here.

Textile India 2017, 30th June to 2nd July, 2017, Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat.
For More Details click here.
For brochure click here.

Job application in the Indian embassy, Oslo. For More Details.

CLARIFICATION REGARDING MENTIONING ADHAAR CARD NUMBER IN EVERY INCOME TAX RETURN AND PAN APPLICATION - Following is the Press Release from Ministry of Finance, Government of India. For More Details.


Some NRIs/PIOs have reported to Embassy of India in Oslo that they have received telephone calls from Embassy of India number telling them that their immigration case has run into some problem, asking them to deposit NOK 10000-15000 into Embassy’s account immediately as a fine/penalty to rectify the issue. NRIs/PIOs/other applicants are advised not to respond to these telephone calls. Indian Embassy does not make any such demand from any applicants over phone. The telephone calls are fake and the makers of the call use the technology to appear as if the calls are made from Embassy of India’s telephone numbers. NRIs/PIOs/other applicants are also advised to be more cautious before responding to such fake telephone calls and to report any such unusual demands in the name of Embassy of India to us immediately.
India's International Conference and Exposition on Military Communication "DEFCOM INDIA 2017" is being organized in New Delhi, India on 23-24 March 2017.

State Government of Karnataka, India in association with CIM Global is organizing an "International Healthcare Tourism Congress 2017" on 3-4 March 2017 at Bangalore, India. India is a leading player in the medical tourism/healthcare industry. It is emerging as the destination of choice for a wide range of medical procedures.

The Congress 2017 is inviting participation from foreign Pharma companies, hospitals, medical tourism agencies and facilitators including airlines and air ambulance, health insurance companies, medical technology manufacturers, leaders in wellness and hospitality industry looking for business opportunities in India. Some of the advantages/characteristics of the Congress are:

  • Internationally accredited medical facilities widely available using the latest technologies.
  • Highly qualified Physicians/Surgeons and hospital support staff.
  • Hospitals with Excellent Infrastructure
  • Caring nurses and paramedical staff
  • Latest medical devices
  • World class medical treatment at affordable costs
  • Ultramodern pharmaceutical manufacturing and packaging facilities
  • Quality medical, paramedical and nursing education and training institutions
  • Traditional medical and health practices focus on preventive healthcare
The program of the Congress includes Buyer - Seller Meet, Hospital visits, Discussions on Ayush & Wellness, Gynaecology, Geriatric Medicine, Oncology, Organ Transplant etc. A copy of the International Healthcare Tourism Congress 2016 organized last year is attached for information. For more details, please visit and

NEET: A measure to ensure a minimum standard of education in medical and dental colleges in India
A uniform entrance examination for admission to MBBS/BDS course, including for foreign students beginning academic year 2017-18. Press Release issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) -
Notification on application sent to the embassy through post/courier
Embassy will not accept any cash payments sent by applicants through post with effect from 7th February 2017. The applicants sending Consular/OCI/Passport/Misc applications through post/courier should henceforth send the requisite application fee only through Bankers Draft drawn in favour of 'EMBASSY OF INDIA, OSLO'. Any applications received through post on or after 7th February 2017 with cash fee payment would be returned to the applicants through post. Embassy is not responsible for any postal loss.
OCI applications submitted upto February 2017 have been received at the embassy. The applicants can check their application status on the OCI website ( and after confirming the staus from the website under staus enquirey link, they should submit the Passport/OCI card/PIO card with the receipt at the embassy. No separate communication is being sent to individual applicants.
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