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10 Facts that you might not know about Vigyan Bhavan!

Vigyan Bhawan is a premier convention centre of Government of India in New Delhi. Many of you might already have attended the events hosted in the Vigyan Bhavan. However, We are very sure that you won’t be knowing the following points about it. Go on, and read about these 10 facts about Vigyan Bhavan that led us to finalize it as our venue for Make in India Conclave 2020!

#1- Vigyan Bhavan was built in the year 1956, almost a decade after our independence. The main building was designed in 1955 by R.P.Gehlote of Central Public Works Department (CPWD) belonging to Jaipur.

#2- Over the years it has been the venue of conferences of national and international stature, including Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and 7th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in 1983, and SAARC Summit. 

#3- It is managed by the Directorate of Estates, under the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, and maintained by CPWD.

#4- It only hosts National-level functions and conferences, and functions by the Government of India, State Governments, PSUs and Autonomous Bodies order by priority given. It is allotted to NGOs/Private Enterprises where the President, Vice President or the Prime Minister of India is present. 

#5- The architecture of Vigyan Bhavan incorporates elements of British Raj architecture, evident in the nearby buildings of the Secretariat Building and of Lutyens’ Delhi along with Hindu and Mughal architecture, as well as ancient Buddhist architecture, especially the chaitya arches of Ajanta Caves. The overall style of the building remains modernistic with revivalist elements.

#6- The main feature of the complex is the Plenary hall, with a seating capacity of over 1200(922+326+37)  delegates, besides it has six smaller halls with capacities ranging from over 65 delegates to over 375 delegates.

#7- The building also has a VIP Lounge, the Office block for on-site offices, secretariat and a documentation centre, a Studio, a Business centre and an Exhibition hall.

#8- The adjacent building is called the Vigyan Bhavan Annexe added later on with four Committee Rooms and a separate Media centre. The annexe also houses the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (MDoNER) of Government of India. The Vigyan Bhawan Annexe stands adjacent to the Vice President House.

#9- F&B services at ‘The Atrium’ at the centre are managed by the Ashok Group of the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC).

#10- The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the “MAKE IN INDIA” initiative in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on September 25, 2014. It is a mere coincidence, that we are going to organize the Make in India Conclave at the same venue!

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