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GUIDELINES FOR KNOW INDIA PROGRAMME

            Government of India will organize the following four Know India Programmes from December 2016 to January 2017:

KIP No.

Dates

Partner States

37th

17.12.2016 to 10.01.2017

Uttar Pradesh

38th

17.12.2016 to 10.01.2017

Kerala

39th

27.12.2016 to 20.01.2017

Gujarat

40th

27.12.2016 to 20.01.2017

West Bengal

2. Some important aspects with respect of these KIPs are:

a) All four KIP groups will participate in the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on 7 January 2017 in Bengaluru and the inauguration of 14thPBD Convention on 8 January 2017 – where PM and select Chief Minister will participate and address delegates. Therefore, Bengaluru has been included in the 25 days itinerary of the KIP groups.

b)    In the application form, the applicant should indicate his preference for each KIP, in the order or priority. Ministry will attempt to allot the first preference of each applicant to the extent possible. If there are too many applicants for a specific KIP, the allotment of candidates will be on first-come-first serve basis and subject to fulfillment of all eligibility criteria.

3. The programme is open to youth of Indian origin (excluding non-resident Indians) in the age group of 18-30 years (as on the first day of the month in which the programme is expected to commence), who have distinguished themselves in any field and have abiding interest in India and links with India through parentage. It is open to PIOs from all over the world.

4. Minimum qualification required for applying is graduate (Bachelors Degree) or studying for graduation.

5. 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]

6.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 would be given preference.

7. The content of the programme may include the following:-

 a)    Understanding of India’s political system, economy, society and developments in various sectors etc.

b)    Interaction with faculty and students at a prestigious University/College/Institute,

c)    Presentation on the industrial development and visits to some Industries/factories,

d)    Visit to a village to better understand the typical village life,

e)    Exposure to Indian media,

f)     Interaction with Nonprofit 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.

8.Participants are accorded local hospitality e.g. boarding/lodging and internal travel inside India.

9. Selected participants would be required to pay 10% of total fare. Air tickets will be provided by the mission for their journey from the country of residence to India and back, as per the schedule prescribed for the Programme by the Ministry of External Affairs.

 10. Gratis visa by Indian Missions/Posts abroad will be granted to selected participants.

11. A medical fitness certificate from the participants is required before recommending them for the programme.Participant should have medical insurance before the visa is granted to them.

12.Participants should check about the weather condition of India before travel. Stay in a rural area is the part of the programme where air-conditioned accommodation is often not available.

13.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.

14.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. 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.

15. The participants would also not be permitted to leave the Programme mid-way. All are expected to participate in the 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.

16. 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.

17. Duly Completed application for the programme, along with a passport size photograph, is to be submitted at the mission latest by October 24, 2016.  Nominations received after the due date, incomplete and unsigned applications, or forms not accompanied with photographs would be summarily rejected.

18. Details of the Programme would also be posted on the website www.mea.gov.in. Application form can be downloaded from the website or collected from the mission.

Please Download the following documents:
1. 37-40 KIP application form
2. Attachment of 37-40 KIP

 





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