Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs

New Delhi

13th May 2009

 

The following is the schedule proposed for the three Know India Programmes (KIPs) to be organized by this Ministry during 2009-2010:

 

Tentative

Period

Partner States

Last date for receipt of nominations

12th KIP

August -

September 09

Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh

30th  June 2009

13th KIP

December 09 -

January 2010

Kerala, Haryana

30th September 2009

14th KIP

March 2010

 

Rajasthan, Goa

31st December 2009

 

2.      Duration of each of these KIPs would be 3 weeks - exact dates would be conveyed on finalization of the respective programme, at least a month before its commencement. These programmes are organized in partnership with concerned State Governments while logistical support is provided by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Guidelines and application form for these programmes are attached as Annexure - I & Annexure - II respectively.

 

3.      The participants are provided local hospitality e.g. boarding/lodging in State guest houses or budget hotels and internal travel. They are also given per diem allowance of Rs. 100/- for out-of-pocket expenses. They may be granted gratis visa by our Missions/Posts.

 

4.      Until the 11th KIP, 50% of the international airfare by the cheapest economy class travel was reimbursable to the participants after they had successfully taken part in them. With a view to enable the less affluent Diaspora youth to take advantage of KIPs, it has been decided to reimburse 90% of the international airfare by the cheapest economy class travel to participants selected for the 12th and subsequent KIPs subject to their successfully taking part in the respective programmes.

 

5.      The content of the programme may include 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 the 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)     Taking part 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 Ministers in-charge of Overseas Indian Affairs, Youth Affairs and Sports.

 

6.      Broad guidelines for nominations to KIPs are as under: 

- The Programme is open to youth of Indian Origin (excluding NRIs) in the age group of 18-26 years as on the first day of the month in which the programme is expected to start. It is open to PIOs from all over the world. A fair mix of males and females is expected.  

-- The total number of participants in any of the Programme may not exceed 40. 

--  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] 

--  They should have distinguished themselves in a particular field and should have abiding interest in India. 

-- They should not have participated in any previous Know India Programme or Internship Programme for Diaspora Youth.

 

7.                Nominations, duly recommended by High Commissioner of India/Consul General of India is to be sent in the prescribed application form by e-mail to Shri Pradeep Gupta, Under Secretary (DS - I), Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Akbar Bhawan, New Delhi – 110011; e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; fax: (011) 24197942 with a copy to Ms. Neelam Bhagat, Executive officer, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII); e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; fax: (011) 24601298. The application form in original may be subsequently sent by diplomatic bag to Under Secretary (DS - I). One passport size photograph of the nominee may also be sent with the application form.

 

8.      The actual number of participants to be taken from each country would depend on the responses received from other countries. Our effort would be to accommodate at least one nominee recommended by each Head of Mission/Post. Missions/Posts should assign the order of priority in which candidates recommended by them are to be considered. Name of applicants selected for a particular Know India Programme would be communicated at least a month before its commencement.

 

9.      The last date for receipt of nominations is indicated above against the three KIPs. It is 30th June 2009 for the 12th Know India Programme.

 

10.    Participants should be adequately briefed about the programme. They are not permitted to leave the programme mid-way. They are expected to follow the entire programme as a group and stay at places designated/selected for this purpose.

 

11.    Details of the Programme would also available on this Ministry’s website  http://moia.gov.in as well as on the website http://knowindiaprogram.com/.

 

GUIDELINES FOR KNOW INDIA PROGRAMME (KIP)

 

 

1.      The following is the tentative schedule of the Know India Programmes during 2009-10:

 

 

Tentative

Period

Partner States

Last date for receipt of nominations in MOIA

12th KIP

August -

September 2009

Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh

30th  June 2009

13th KIP

December 2009 - January 2010

Kerala, Haryana

30th September 2009

14th KIP

March 2010

Goa, Rajasthan

 

31st December 2009

 

 

2.                 Duration of each of these programmes would be 3 weeks. Exact dates would be communicated in due course.

 

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 commence.

 

4.                The total number of participants in any KIP may not exceed 40.

 

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

 

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

8.      The content of the programme may include 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 the 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)     Taking part 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 Ministers in-charge of Overseas Indian Affairs, Youth Affairs and Sports.

 

9.                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,

 

10.           Selected participants would be required to purchase air ticket for their journey from the country of residence to India and back, as per the schedule prescribed for the Programme by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs.  Concerned Indian Mission/Post would reimburse 90% (ninety percent) of the total cost of air ticket for the cheapest economy class travel to the participants on successful completion of the programme by them.

 

11.           Selected participants may be granted Gratis visa by Indian Missions/Posts abroad.

 

12.           Selected participants would be 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 directly or through Indian Missions/Posts abroad. They are required to offer their full cooperation in its smooth conduct, and they are not expected to leave the Programme mid-way.

 

13.           In case a participant is found guilty of any misconduct or indiscipline during the course of his/her stay, he/she would not be allowed any further participation in the Programme.  Such participants would have to meet the entire cost of their air travel from his/her country of residence to India & back and no reimbursement of international airfare would be admissible to them as per ‘clause 10’ above.

 

14.           The participants would not be permitted to leave the Programme mid-way.

 

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

 

16.           Details of these KIPs would also be available on the website of this Ministry i.e. http://moia.gov.in as well as on the website http://knowindiaprogram.com/.