Know India Programme (KIP) 2016 -17

Know India Programme (KIP) 2016 -17

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Know India Program

logosThe Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi is organizing Know-India Programme (KIP) to be held in 2016. The calendar of KIP is as follows:

1st KIP – May 2016 Partner State Maharashtra

Travel schedule

Mumbai – Delhi – Agra – Mumbai [25 Nights/ 26 Days]

Day Date Sector Overnight
Day 01 Thursday, May 05, 2016 Arrive Mumbai Mumbai
Day 02 Friday, May 06, 2016 Begin  Deccan Odyssey, Train Journey Deccan Odyssey
Day 03 Saturday, May 07, 2016 Aurangabad Deccan Odyssey
Day 04 Sunday, May 08, 2016 Aurangabad Deccan Odyssey
Day 05 Monday, May 09, 2016 Pench National Park Deccan Odyssey
Day 06 Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Tadoba National Park Deccan Odyssey
Day 07 Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Ajanta Deccan Odyssey
Day 08 Thursday, May 12, 2016 Nashik Deccan Odyssey
Day 09 Friday, May 13, 2016 End of  Deccan Odyssey, Train Journey Mumbai
Day 10 Saturday, May 14, 2016 Mumbai to Delhi Delhi
Day 11 Sunday, May 15, 2016 Delhi Delhi
Day 12 Monday, May 16, 2016 Delhi Delhi
Day 13 Tuesday, May 17, 2016 Delhi Delhi
Day 14 Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Delhi Delhi
Day 15 Thursday, May 19, 2016 Delhi Delhi
Day 16 Friday, May 20, 2016 Delhi Delhi
Day 17 Saturday, May 21, 2016 Delhi Delhi
Day 18 Sunday, May 22, 2016 Delhi Delhi
Day 19 Monday, May 23, 2016 Delhi Delhi
Day 20 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Delhi Delhi
Day 21 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Delhi Delhi
Day 22 Thursday, May 26, 2016 Delhi Delhi
Day 23 Friday, May 27, 2016 Delhi Delhi
Day 24 Saturday, May 28, 2016 Delhi to Agra Agra
Day 25 Sunday, May 29, 2016 Agra to Delhi Delhi
Day 26 Monday, May 30, 2016 Departure from India

 The twenty five days orientation programme for diaspora youth has been organised 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 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.

This programme is open to Persons of Indian Origin worldwide in the age group of 18-26 years. The total number of participants worldwide for the programme is around 40. Non Resident Indians are NOT eligible to apply for this programme.


  • The candidate should be of Indian origin, between 18-26 years of age.
  • 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].
  • Once selected, a medical fitness certificate and a medical insurance are to be submitted.
  • 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 need to apply.
  • All applicants for the programme may be asked 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. The participants are expected to cooperate fully in the programme in order to ensure its smooth conduct.
  • The prevailing weather conditions in places of visit in India will be communicated to the participants prior to the visit.

What to expect

    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, 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.

Ticket and Visa

Selected participants will be reimbursed 90% of the total cost of international airfare as per the schedule of the programme by the cheapest economy class on the successful completion of the programme. They will be provided per diam allowance of Rs.100/- out of pocket expenses. They would also be issued Gratis visa by Indian Embassy. Local hospitality, e.g. boarding/lodging in State Guest houses or budget hotels will be provided. Cost of internal travel as per the programme will be borne by the organisers.

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 ‘clause above on 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 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.
  • 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.
  • The participants should be aware that the Programme would involve a brief stay in a rural area where air-conditioned accommodation is often not available.

How to apply

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

Read the guidelines carefully. Please make sure that you fulfill the criteria laid down for selection to the programme. Please fill up the following Application Form alongwith your recent photo and send to the Indian Embassy in Jakarta by the deadline mentioned for the particular programme. The envelope, clearly marked “Application for Know India Programme-2015”, should be addressed to First Secretary (Consular), Embassy of India, Kav S1, Kunningan, Jakarta Selatan-12950. Any inquiries should be addressed to [email protected]. The Embassy would intimate you once you are selected for the programme.

Download Know India Programme Application Form here

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