Applications are invited from the Indian diaspora youth, between the ages of 18 and 30, of Indian origin (PIO/OCI Card holders) for the 66th and 67th editions of the Know India Programme (KIP) through the official portal https://kip.gov.in/ you can also find details on https://mea.gov.in/know-india-programme.htm
The Know India Programme (KIP) is the Ministry’s flagship programme for engaging the diaspora. It introduces youth of Indian descent (18 to 30 years old) to their Indian ancestry and modern India through a three-week orientation curriculum. Since 2003, 59 KIPs in collaboration with other states and nations have been successfully organised. It has been decided that between August 2022 and February 2023, six KIPs will be held. Youth of Indian ancestry can access the Know India Programme’s online portal (kip.gov.in) to submit their applications online for participation in the programme’s three (3) KIPs (60th, 61st, and 62nd). For each project, a maximum of 40 Indian Diaspora youth are chosen. 90% of the total cost of a foreign flight is covered, and they get complete hospitality in India.
The Know India Programme of the Ministry of External Affairs is a three-week orientation programme for young people in the diaspora designed to raise awareness of the various facets of life in India and the achievements that the nation has made in a variety of disciplines, including economic, industrial, educational, science and technology, communication and information technology, and culture. KIP offers a special platform for students and young professionals of Indian descent to travel to India, exchange their opinions, hopes, and experiences, and forge closer ties with modern India.
Guidelines for the Know India Programme (KIP) Introduced for Diaspora Youth
The Indian government has launched the Know India Programme (KIP), a comprehensive engagement initiative designed for young individuals of Indian origin between the ages of 18 and 30. KIP aims to acquaint participants with India, foster cultural awareness, and provide insights into various aspects of contemporary Indian life, including its political system, economy, society, and cultural heritage. The programme is particularly open to youth from Girmitiya countries such as Mauritius, Fiji, Suriname, Guyana, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica.
The main elements of the Know India Programme include a wide range of activities and experiences. Participants will have the opportunity to visit historically and culturally significant sites, explore the rich art and music traditions of India, tour industrial facilities, engage with non-profit organisations, and meet senior government officials and leaders. Additionally, participants will spend eight days in one or two selected Indian states to gain an in-depth understanding of their local culture and heritage.
The Ministry of External Affairs will oversee the programme during its duration, providing local hospitality, including accommodation in budget hotels and internal transportation within India. However, participants are responsible for their own arrangements if they wish to arrive in India before the programme starts or extend their stay. Return air tickets will be arranged by Indian missions and posts abroad after receiving 10% of the total airfare from the participants. Gratis visas will be granted to the selected participants by Indian missions and posts abroad.
To be eligible for the Know India Programme, applicants must be of Indian origin and fall within the age range of 18 to 30 years. Non-resident Indians are excluded from participation. The applicants are required to provide their previous PIO (Person of Indian Origin) card number or that of their parents or grandparents. If documentary proof of Indian origin is unavailable, applicants must submit a written undertaking attested by the respective diplomatic mission or consulate. Previous participation in any similar programmes organised by the Ministry of External Affairs or any other government departments at the central or state level renders an applicant ineligible. A minimum educational qualification of graduation from a recognised university or institute or enrollment in a graduation programme is required. Proficiency in English is necessary, either by studying it as a subject at the high school level or by having English as the medium of instruction for their undergraduate course. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously visited India.
The duration of the Know India Programme is 21 days, excluding international travel, with eight days dedicated to visiting partner states in India. Participants are strongly advised to obtain international travel and medical insurance coverage before embarking on the programme, as instances of health issues have been encountered in previous editions. Proper insurance ensures that participants receive appropriate medical care and relieves them of any financial burden associated with medical expenses. The Know India Programme seeks to strengthen the bond between India and its global diaspora by providing young individuals of Indian origin with an immersive and enlightening experience. By facilitating cultural exchanges, promoting awareness, and fostering a deeper understanding of contemporary India, KIP aims to create lasting connections with the vibrant heritage and diverse facets of the country.