Know India Programme

Press Release

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 field.

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 through parentage.

(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.

3 Aug 2007

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