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Know India Programme for Youth of Indian Origin

Know India Program for Youth of Indian Origin

The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has been organising the Know India Program (KIP) to create awareness about the phenomenal transformation taking place in India and the country’s progress from just a destination for culture, heritage and art to an emerging powerhouse in the global economic system. The next KIP is proposed to be organised for 40 participants to be selected from countries all over the world. The KIP in the nature of an Orientation Programme is expected to provide the participants exposure to various facets of the Indian way of life, culture, spirituality, adventure and sports, creativity and composite character of India and interaction with youth from different parts of the country.

The participants comprising of overseas Indians in the age group of 18-26 years who have distinguished themselves in any field and have abiding interest in India and links with India through parentage, are selected by the Indian Missions in their respective countries.

KIP is organised by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs in partnership with the State Governments. After a few days in Delhi the participants are sent to the State for about ten days orientation programme. On return from the State, the participants stay in Delhi for some time for meetings and de-briefing etc.

The expenses on International air travel from the countries of the KIP participants to India and back and air / train travel of KIP participants from Delhi to Partner State and back to Delhi will be borne by Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. Generally the activities of KIP Participants within Partner State will involve visit to historical, cultural, industrial, academic and tourist places along with meeting with constitutional head, Hon’ble Governor, Speaker of the Assembly, Chief Minister, and other eminent personalities. They are also given exposure of village life and interactive sessions in premier university / institution / organisation within the State.

The 27th KIP is tentatively scheduled to take place from 3rd January 2014 to 23rd January 2014 and the partner Indian state is Himachal Pradesh.The last date for receipt of nomination for KIP is 20th November 2013.This Consulate will scrutinise applications and forward them with our recommendations to Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs by 30th November 2013.

Guidelines

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

  • The programme is open to youth of Indian origin (excluding non-resident Indians) residing in Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg who are in the age group of 18-26 years as on the first day of the month in which the programme is expected to commence.

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

  • Minimum qualification required for applying is graduate or studying for graduation.

  • 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]

  • The applicant should not have participated in any previous KIP or Internship Programme for Diaspora Youth (IPDY). Students and those who have not visited India before are encouraged to apply.

  • The content of the programme may include the following:

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

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

    3. Presentation on the industrial development and visits to some Industries/factories

    4. Visit to a village to better understand the typical village life

    5. Exposure to Indian media

    6. Interaction with NGOs and organizations dealing with women affairs

    7. Visit to places of historical importance/Monuments

    8. Taking part in Cultural programmes

    9. Exposure to yoga

    10. Call on high dignitaries

  • The participants are provided the following hospitality/facilities in India:
    • local hospitality e.g. boarding/lodging in State guest houses or budget hotels

    • Internal travel as per the Programme.

    • Per diem allowance of Rs. 100/- for out-of-pocket expenses

    • 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 per cent) of the total cost of air ticket for the cheapest economy class travel to the participants on successful completion of the programme by them.

  • Gratis visa by Indian Missions/Posts abroad may be granted to selected participants.

  • A medical fitness certificate will have to be submitted by the participants to the Indian Mission. Every participant should have medical insurance before the visa is granted.

  • Applicants should keep themselves abreast of the weather of India.They should also be aware that stay in a rural area is part of the programme where air-conditioned accommodation is often not available.

  • All applicants for the programme are required to write an essay of 250 to 300 words on why they want to participate and what they expect to gain from the programme.

  • 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 expected to cooperate fully in the programme in order to ensure its smooth conduct.

  • In case a participant is found guilty of misconduct or indiscipline during the course of his/her stay, he/she may be asked to leave 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  refund of 90% of the total cost of air ticket by Indian Missions/Posts would not be applicable to them. Drinking and smoking in many places in India is banned and is discouraged during the programme. Participants are expected to remain with the group and maintain seriousness towards the programme.

  • The participants would also not be permitted to leave the Programme mid-way. All are expected to participate in various programmes organized for them enthusiastically & are not expected to stay back in their hotel room, except for medical reason as advised by the doctor. Participants who leave the program on their own will not be entitled to either the airfare or the per diem allowance.

  • The organizers will take care of the participants for the duration of the program only. If the participants wish to come early or stay late they will have to make their own arrangements.

  • 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. Nominations received after the due date, incomplete and unsigned applications, or forms not accompanied with photographs would be summarily rejected.

 

Please visit Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs at www.moia.gov.in for more details

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