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Venue:- Le Meridien Kochi, India
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Frequently Asked Questions
Conference fees and sponsorship
Exhibition and displays
Hotels and accommodation
Registration and payment
Special requirements
What to see and do in Kochi
Programme and papers
Conference fees and sponsorship

I have applied for a subsidy. How can I meet the Early-Bird Registration Deadline when the outcome of my application is not yet known?

Those who are awaiting news of their subsidy application will not be expected to register and pay online until after they have received news from the Commonwealth of Learning about their subsidy application. In case you find out after the early-bird deadline (now set at October 15, 2010) that your subsidy application has not been successful, you will still be able to pay the early-bird rate.

Is there a reduced rate for students?
There is only one fee level for the full conference (plus the option to book at the early-bird rate now extended to midnight, October 15, 2010). The fee is set at a level which makes it less likely to exclude people who are attending from countries with lower incomes. When compared to similar events, the fees for PCF6 is generally much lower, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. [We have also taken care to provide as many options for low-cost accommodation in the conference vicinity which includes low cost hotels which have single rooms and twins (for sharing and cutting down costs)].
Is there a group discount rate?
No, we do not discount the fees for group bookings - please refer to the answer above on student rates which also applies here. However, we recommend that anyone who is planning to register and pay for a group of people should contact the conference team in advance, stating how many people are in the group and whether they are applying for the full rate or daily rate. The conference team will then provide help and advice on the best and most cost-effective way to do this. Contact:
I am looking for sponsorship as I cannot afford the fees – can you help?
The deadline for subsidy applications directly for PCF6 has now passed (it was August 15, 2010). If you are applying to your own organisation for support and you are in need of a letter of invitation, please contact the PCF6 Secretariat at:
Exhibition and display space
Will there be an exhibition?

If you would like to have an exhibition stand (manned) or display (unmanned) at the conference, please contact the Convener of the Exhibition Sub-committee, Dr. M.V. Lakshmi Reddy at You should provide the following information: your company name and contact details; a brief description of your product, service or the work you do; approximate size and type of stand/display needed; link to your website.

Are there advertising opportunities at the conference?

Yes, there are several sponsorship packages which provide companies and organisations with the chance to associate them with a particular event. Please visit our Sponsorship section and send details of your request to the organisers on

Hotels and accommodation
My partner is travelling with me (but not attending the Forum). Can you make recommendations on suitable accommodation?
A first suggestion might be the Wyte Fort Hotel for you and your partner. It is one of the most affordable hotels with twin room accommodation at a distance of 0.5 kilometres from the conference venue. You will find information on this hotel and others in our Accommodation guide
Special requirements
I am a wheelchair user-partially sighted delegate and would like to know which accommodation would be most suitable for me and how I can find out about wheelchair access at the conference venue.

We at PCF6 are very sensitive to the needs of our delegates. If you are a wheel chair user or a partially sighted delegate, we request you to please intimate that to us at, if it has not been already mentioned in the registration form. You could send a mail about your special requirements to Mr. Harikesh Lamba at  This is to ensure that we are equipped to cater to your special needs.

I am bringing my partner who would like to attend the Gala evening with me - is that possible?
If your family will be accompanying you, they might be interested in attending some of the social events of the PCF6. Tickets to the opening reception for accompanying children or spouses are $20 each. Tickets to the Gala dinner for accompanying children or spouses are $70 each. A limited number of tickets are available and must be ordered in advance by contacting the PCF6 team. Payment will be taken at the registration desk on arrival in Kochi from where the tickets will be collected.
Registration and payment
I am having difficulty using my credit card to register. What can I do?

If you are having difficulty in using credit card, you might want to use one of alternative methods of payment that we offer.

1. You can pay by direct bank transfer using the following instructions:

Bank:               Punjab National Bank
Branch:           IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi- 110068.
Account Title: “IGNOU PCF6”
S.B. A/c No:    225700 0 102042920
Swift Code:     PUNBINBBISB
Name of the Bank:
Account No:
Total Amount:
Date of Transaction:

2. You can pay by a Demand Draft in favour of “IGNOU-PCF6” payable at New Delhi, India.

DD No:


    • Charges incurred for bank transfer & DD will be borne by the payee.
    • Kindly attach the scanned copy of MT100/ Bank Advice if paying through bank transfer.
    • Offline registration forms will only be accepted with the details of the DD or Bank Transfer.
    • Send the duly filled-in registration form along with DD by Registered Post/ Courier to the below mentioned address. For more details please contact us at

PCF6 Secretariat
Sixth Pan-Commonwealth Forum (PCF6)
Commonwealth of Learning
Indira Gandhi National Open University
Room No: 20, Block 14, Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi, India. Pin-110 068


Can I pay in Euro, UK pounds sterling, or any other currency?

Payment for the Forum can be made either in US Dollars or Indian Rupee. Your bank should offer you the facility to purchase a dollar draft or a transfer of funds which includes conversion into dollar or the Indian Rupee.

Can I pay for my delegate fee by cash when I arrive in the India?

Unfortunately we will not have facilities to accept payment on arrival at the conference. We understand that some people may have difficulties paying delegate fees - however, the conference team will help you find a suitable method of paying for your place before coming to Kochi. The reason why registration and payment must be handled prior to your arrival is that the Forum is likely to be full to capacity. This means that if you arrive without booking your place and without paying, there may be no more spaces left. In addition to the Online option on our website, we can also take payments by demand draft or direct bank transfer. If you would like to know how to use these methods of payment, please contact the organisers on
I need a visa to travel to India – can you help?
We have put together a useful page of information on visas including web pages to look at and how to request a letter to support your application. Please visit the Visa Information Page for more details.
Can you provide information on how to travel from Kochi airport to the conference venue?

The distance from the Nedumbassery International Airport to the venue, Le Meridian is approximately 32 Kilometers. There will be shuttle services from the airport to the conference venue as well as the accommodation centres at frequent intervals. However, if you require us to arrange for personal transport from the airport to the conference venue we request you to intimate us in advance. Please mail the details of your flight number, the time and date of expected arrival at Cochin to Mr. Harikesh Lamba at

What to see and do in Kochi?

Kochi is full of heritage as well as cultural centres and tourists can also enjoy the beaches and indulge in water sports. Kerala tourism promotes exclusive tours for Kochi that is dotted with various monumental attractions that reveal the Dutch and British influences on Kerala. Please visit our Tours Guide for more information.

Programme and papers

When will I know more details about the programme?

The programme structure, including which themes and sessions will be on which days, will become available to everyone by October end. A list of accepted papers and a general programme outline will be made available shortly. Watch this space for regular updates.


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