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Know India Programme for diaspora youth

Know India Programme

Know India Programme (KIP) is a 3-week orientation programme for diaspora youth organized by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India. It is conducted with a view to promote awareness amongst youth on different facets of life in India and the progress made by India in various fields e.g. economic, industrial, education, science and technology, communication, and IT, and culture. The programme is conducted in partnership with one or two State Governments.

The participant Persons of Indian origin (PIOs), in the age group of 18-26 years, are selected based on recommendations received from Heads of Indian Missions/Posts abroad. Selected participants are provided with full hospitality in India during the duration of the programme. In addition, 90% (ninety percent) of the total cost of air ticket (lowest economy excursion fare) is refundable to the participants on successful completion of the programme by them.

The content of the programme broadly includes the following:

a. Presentations on the country, political process, developments in various sectors;

b. Interaction with faculty and students at a prestigious University/College/ Institute;

c. Presentation on India's industrial development and visits to some Industries;

d. Visit to a village to better understand the typical village life;

e. Exposure to Indian media;

f. Interaction with NGOs and organizations dealing with women affairs;

g. Visit to places of historical importance/Monuments;

h. Participate in Cultural programmes;

i. Exposure to yoga;

j. Call on high dignitaries, which may include President of India, Chief Election Commissioner of India, Comptroller and Auditor General of India, and Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs and other dignitaries.

The tentative Schedule for the Know India Programmes during 2012-13 is as follows :



Tentative period

Partner State

Last date for receipt of nominations in MoIA

21st KIP

29 August – 18 September 2012


12 July 2012

22nd KIP

21 December 2012 – 10 January 2013


8 November 2012

For further details, including guidelines and application form, please visit the weblink

Interested participants may submit their application (complete in all respects) along with a recent photograph, marking on top of the envelope “Application for KYP” to the following:

Mr. V.K. Viswanathan

Second Secretary (Cons)

High Commission of India

36-38 Galle Road

Colombo 3