Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs of
the Government of India has been organizing the Know India
Programme in order to associate the younger generation of
the Indian Diaspora closely with India. Six such programmes
have been organized till now. The Know India Programme provide
a unique forum for students and young professionals of Indian
origin to share their views, expectations and experience
to bond closely with contemporary India. The programmes
have been greatly appreciated by the participants.
2. The 7th Programme in
the series is being planned to be organized in the period
falling tentatively between the last of week of August and
first quarter of September. Exact dates are being finalized.
The programme will be organized with the logistical support
of Nehru Yuvak Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and in partnership
with CII and a State Government. CII is being associated
in the Programme for their professional experience in this
3. The proposed Programme
will involve a total of three weeks stay in India for 40
participants consisting of Diaspora Youth professionals
and students of the age group of 20-28 years . After initial
briefing meetings in the Ministry and calls on high level
dignitaries and gaining knowledge about Indian history,
economy, heritage etc. for 2-3 days, the participants will
leave for the selected State. A variety of programmes will
be arranged in the State, highlights of which are -
calls on the dignitaries in the State Government, stay in
a city of the State, meetings with local dignitaries, visits
to IT parks, universities, hospitals etc. They will also
participate in projects on environment, primary education,
rural health etc.
4. The participants will
return to Delhi for 2-3 days for debriefing and discussions
and feedbacks on their experience.
5. Broad guidelines for
the Programme are given below:
(i) The participant should
have distinguished himself/herself in a particular field,
should have abiding interest in India and links with India
(ii) The participants
should be in the age group of 20-28 years.
The participants will have to pay for their
international travel costs from their respective countries
to Delhi and back. An amount equivalent to one-way fare
by economy/excursion class will be reimbursed to them by
the Ministry. This can be debited by the Mission to the
Ministry on production of receipt. The Ministry/State Government
will bear, expenditure on internal travel, boarding lodging
etc. A per diem allowance of Rs.100/- per day will also
be paid to the participants as out-of -pocket allowance.
Those who are interested in participating
in this Programme may please send their applications with
their bio-data, personal details including passport details
and contact particulars and two passport size photographs
to Consulate General of India, Level 27, 25 Bligh Street,
Sydney NSW 2000 latest by 10 August 2007.