Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, is organizing the following four Know India Programmes (KIP) from December 2016 to January 2017 to strengthen engagement with young overseas Indians :
|KIP No.||Dates||Partner State|
|37||7.12.2016 to 10.01.2017||Uttar Pradesh|
|38||17.12.2016 to 10.01.2017||Kerala|
|39||27.12.2016 to 20.01.2017||Gujarat|
|40||27.12.2016 to 20.01.2017||West Bengal|
Please ensure that duly completed nominations reach Embassy of India, Jakarta by the stipulated date i.e. 20th October, 2016.
Following important aspects w.r.t. these KIPs are brought to attention of applicants:
- All four KIP groups will participate in the youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on 7 January 2017 in Bengaluru and the inauguration of 14th PBD Convention on 8 January 2017 – where PM and select Chief Ministers will participate and address delegates. Therefore, Bengaluru has been included in the 25 day itinerary of the KIP groups.
- 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.
- All other conditions/criteria for the KIP groups, will be as specified in the guidelines attached.
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GUIDELINES FOR KNOW INDIA PROGRAMME (KIP)
1. About the Programme:
KIP is an engagement programme for Diaspora youth (between the age of 18-30 years) of Indian origin to introduce them to India and promote awareness about different facets of Indian life, our cultural heritage, art and various aspects of contemporary India. This programme is open to youth of Indian origin (excluding non-resident Indians) with preference to those from Girmitiya countries (Mauritius, Fiji, Suriname, Guyana, T&T, Jamaica etc.). The programme has been in existence since 2003.
2. Main elements of KIP
a) Understanding of India’s political system, economy, society, and developments in various sectors etc.
b) Visit to places of historical, cultural, religious importance.
c) Familiarisation with art, music and culture of India.
d) Visit to industrial sites.
e) Visit to a village.
f) Interaction with non-profit organizations.
g) Meetings with senior leadership/officials in India.
h) Visit to a select state in India for 10 days.
(a) The Ministry of External Affairs will take care of participants only for the duration of the program. If participants wish to arrive in India early or stay extra, they will have to make their own arrangements.
(b) The participants are provided local hospitality e.g. boarding/lodging in budget hotels and Internal transportation in India.
(c) Missions will arrange for return air tickets before participants leave for India, after getting 10% of total air fare from them.
(d) Gratis visa shall be granted to selected participants by the Indian Missions/Posts abroad.
4. Eligibility Criteria:
- Non Resident Indians are not eligible for KIPs.
- Age: 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 begin. It is open to PIO youth from all over the world. Applicant must provide his/her previous PIO card number or that of his parents or grandparents. In the absence of any documentary proof of Indian Origin, the applicant must submit a written undertaking about his Indian Origin which must be attested by DCM/DCG or HOM/HOP of the Mission/Consulate.
- Previous participation: The applicant should not have participated in any previous KIP or Internship Programme for Diaspora Youth (IPDY) Study India Programme of MEA or any other programme organized and paid for by the Ministry of External Affairs and any other Ministry/Department in Government of India or a State Government in India.
- Those who have not visited India before will be given preference.
- Educational Qualification: Minimum qualification required for participating in KIP is graduation from a recognized University /Institute or enrolled for graduation.
- Language: The applicants should be able to speak in English, should have studied English as a subject at the High School level or have English as the medium of instruction for undergraduate course.
a) 25 days (excluding international travel) with 10 days in the partner State. The 25 day period includes the date of arrival and departure.
(i) The total number of participants in a KIP will not exceed 40. If there are less than 20 applicants, KIP will not be conducted and applicants can opt to join for the next KIP, if they wish to.
(ii) A reserve list of candidates will be maintained to fill the slots if the required number of candidates is not available for that particular KIP.
(iii) Effort will be made for balanced participation of male and female PIOs in each KIP.
International Medical and Travel Insurance: There have been some previous instances in KIPs where participants have faced health issues during their visit to India. In the absence of a valid travel and medical insurance policy, it is difficult to settle the expenditure incurred on the medical care for the participant while in India. Therefore, all KIP participants are advised to obtain an international travel and medical insurance policy for their visit to India.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF PARTICIPANTS:
- Preference would be given to Indian origin persons from Mauritius, Fiji, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago (also known as Girmitiya countries)
- Person selected would be within 18-30 years of age.
- From each country a total of five PIOs will be selected.
- If for any reason, the confirmed KIP candidates drop out 20 days before KIP starts, the slot will be offered to the candidates in the reserve list as per their placing in the list.