The first Indian Prime Minister to visit the West Coast of the United States in over 30 years, Modi will also use the two-day visit here to get support for two other pet initiatives - 'Startup India', under which he wants to promote entrepreneurship, and renewable energy.

The prime minister has also lined up site visits, notably to Tesla Motors, Facebook and Google.

"This is the first time our prime minister is visiting California after 30 years. So, I think it will be an important occasion for the Indian community to listen to the Prime Minister and his vision for India," Foreign Office Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

In San Jose, Modi begins his visit with an engagement with the Indian community, followed by an interaction at Tesla Motors. "The prime minister will be visiting Tesla Motors to have a look at some of their path-breaking inventions, particularly in the renewable energy sector," Swarup said.

The Prime Minister is also participating at India-US Startup Connect 2015. San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area -- the southern quarters of which is referred to as Silicon Valley -- is itself home to thousands of start-ups, many co-founded by people of Indian origin.

At Google, the hosts have lined up a glimpse into some inventions that the company is making in healthcare and smart-grid space and how it is using technological innovations to help power India's 'Skill India' and 'Digital India' programmes.


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