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 generations of the Indian Diaspora closely with India.  Eight such programmes have been organized till now.  The Know India Programmes provide a unique forum for students and young professional 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.

            The following is the schedule proposed for the next three Know India Programmes (KIPs) to be organized by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs of the Government of India: 

 

Tentative

Period

Partner States

Last date for receipt of nomination in the MOIA

9th KIP

August -

September 08

Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh

20th  June 2008

10th KIP

December 08 -

January 09

Madhya Pradesh, Haryana

20th September 2008

11th KIP

March 2009

Punjab, Orissa

21st December 2008

 Duration of each of these programmes would be three weeks’ stay in India. Exact dates would be announced on receipt of confirmation from respective State Governments.

The programme is open to youth of Indian origin (excluding non-resident Indians) in the age group of 18-26 years as on the first day of the month in which the programme is expected to start. The total number of participants in any of the Programme  may not exceed 40.

The content of the programme may include the following:

(a)    Visit and stay at a University/College/Institute.

(b)   Activities related to youth to be organized by NYKS.

(c)    Visit to Industry(ies).

(d)   Visit to a village

(e)    Exposure to Indian media and Film Industry.

(f)     Presentations on the country, the constitution, political process etc.

(g)    Interaction with NGOs and/or organizations dealing with women affairs.

(h)    Calls on high dignitaries, which may include President, Ministers of OIA, Youth Affairs and Sports, Women and Child Development.

(i)      Visit to places of historical importance/Monuments.

(j)     Cultural events.   

The candidates should either be studying in the under- graduate level or should have completed under-graduation or equivalent.

They should be able to converse in English. [They should           have studied English as a subject at the High School level or should have English as a medium of instruction for under-graduate course]

The participants are provided the following hospitality/facilities in India: 

(i)                  local hospitality e.g. boarding/lodging in State guest houses or budget hotels,

(ii)                Internal travel as per the Programme.

(iii)               Per diem allowance of Rs. 100/- for out-of-pocket expenses,

(iv)              They may be granted gratis visa by Indian Missions/Posts abroad.

(v)                One way economy class international airfare from their respective country to India is reimbursable to them by Indian Missions/Posts abroad after their successful participation in the Programme.

 The applicant should not have participated in any previous KIP or Internship Programme for Diaspora Youth (IPDY).

Selected applicants are required to abide by the regulations of the Know India Programme as conveyed to them by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs or an agency nominated by it for the conduct of the Programme. They are required to offer their full cooperation in its smooth conduct, and they are not expected to leave the Programme mid-way.

In case a participant is found guilty of any misconduct or indiscipline during the course of the Programme, he or she would not be allowed any further participation in the Programme.  Such participants would not be eligible for reimbursement of the one way international airfare from their country of residence to India. The one way international airfare from his/her country of residence to India would also not be reimbursable to a participant, if he/she leaves the Programme mid-way.

Complete application for the programme is to be submitted in the prescribed application form to the Indian Diplomatic Mission/Consular Post that covers the area of residence of the applicant along with photographs. Incomplete and unsigned applications, or forms not accompanied with photographs would be summarily rejected.

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 dates mentioned above for respective programme.

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 MINISTRY OF OVERSEAS INDIAN AFFAIRS

Government of India

New Delhi

 GUIDELINES FOR KNOW INDIA PROGRAMME (KIP)

1.         The following is the schedule proposed for the next three Know India Programmes (KIPs) to be organized by this Ministry: 

 

Tentative

Period

Partner States

Last date for receipt of nomination in the MOIA

9th KIP

August -

September 08

Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh

30th  June 2008

10th KIP

December 08 -

January 09

Madhya Pradesh, Haryana

30th September 2008

11th KIP

March 2009

Punjab, Orissa

31st December 2008

2.                  Duration of each of these programmes would be 3 weeks. Exact dates would be announced on receipt of confirmation from respective State Governments.

3.                 The programme is open to youth of Indian origin (excluding non-resident Indians) in the age group of 18-26 years as on the first day of the month in which the programme is expected to start. The total number of participants in any of the Programme       may not exceed 40.

4.                 The content of the programme may include the following:

(k)   Visit and stay at a University/College/Institute.

(l)      Activities related to youth to be organized by NYKS.

(m)  Visit to Industry(ies).

(n)    Visit to a village

(o)   Exposure to Indian media and Film Industry.

(p)   Presentations on the country, the constitution, political process etc.

(q)   Interaction with NGOs and/or organizations dealing with women affairs.

(r)     Calls on high dignitaries, which may include President, Ministers of OIA, Youth Affairs and Sports, Women and Child Development.

(s)    Visit to places of historical importance/Monuments.

(t)     Cultural events.    

5.                 The candidates should either be studying in the under- graduate level or should have completed under-graduation or equivalent.

6.                 They should be able to converse in English. [They should           have studied English as a subject at the High School level or should have English as a medium of instruction for under-graduate course]

7.                 The participants are provided the following hospitality/facilities in India: 

(vi)              local hospitality e.g. boarding/lodging in State guest houses or budget hotels,

(vii)             Internal travel as per the Programme.

(viii)           Per diem allowance of Rs. 100/- for out-of-pocket expenses,

(ix)              They may be granted gratis visa by Indian Missions/Posts abroad.

(x)                One way economy class international airfare from their respective country to India is reimbursable to them by Indian Missions/Posts abroad after their successful participation in the Programme.

8.                  The applicant should not have participated in any previous KIP or Internship Programme for Diaspora Youth (IPDY).

9.                 Selected applicants are required to abide by the regulations of the Know India Programme as conveyed to them by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs or an agency nominated by it for the conduct of the Programme. They are required to offer their full cooperation in its smooth conduct, and they are not expected to leave the Programme mid-way.

10.             In case a participant is found guilty of any misconduct or indiscipline during the course of the Programme, he or she would not be allowed any further participation in the Programme.  Such participants would not be eligible for reimbursement of the one way international airfare from their country of residence to India. The one way international airfare from his/her country of residence to India would also not be reimbursable to a participant, if he/she leaves the Programme mid-way.

11.             Complete application for the programme is to be submitted in the prescribed application form to the Indian Diplomatic Mission/Consular Post that covers the area of residence of the applicant along with photographs. Incomplete and unsigned applications, or forms not accompanied with photographs would be summarily rejected.

12.             Nominations, duly recommended by HOM/HOP, may please be sent by the Missions/Posts in the prescribed application form to (i) Smt. Sandhya Shukla, Director (DS), Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Akbar Bhawan, New Delhi – 110011; e-mail: dirss@moia.nic.in; telefax (011) 26874231, and (ii) Shri Nakul Jain, Executive Officer, CII (e-mail: nakul.jain@ciionline.org). The application form in original may be subsequently sent by diplomatic bag to Smt. Sandhya Shukla.

13.             Details of the Programme would also be posted on this website http://knowindiaprogram.com/. 

14.             A copy of the application form click here.

15.             Diaspora Countries For KIP programme click here.

10 June 2008

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