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The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has been organizing the Know India Programme (earlier Internship Programme for Diaspora Youth (IPDY)) 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 Know India Programmes (KIP) are 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.

2. Guidelines and application form for these programmes may be accessed on MOIA website (www.moia.gov.in). Details of these Programmes would also be available on the website of this Ministry i.e., http://moia.gov.in

3. The following may be noted in this regard:-
i. The participants comprising of overseas Indians in the age
ii. It is open to PIOs from all over the world.
iii. Only those nominations may be sent to the Under
iv. Nominations are required to be duly recommended by Head of
v. List of applicants who have been selected for a particular Know
vi. Selected participants would be required to purchase air ticket
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. NRIs are not eligible to apply for this programe.

Secretary(DS), Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Akbar Bhawan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi-110 021, Email : usds2@moia.nic.in, Tel: +91-11-24197926/27, Fax: +91-11-24197942 which are in accordance with the prescribed guidelines.

Mission/Head of Post at the given column in the application form.
India Programme would be communicated well in advance before its commencement.

for their journey from the country of residence to India and back, as per the schedule prescribed by the Ministry. Concerned Indian Mission/Post would reimburse 90% (ninety percent) of the total cost of air ticket (at lowest economy excursion fare) to the participants on successful completion of the programme by them.

4. The expenses of international air travel from the countries of the KIP Participants to India and back (as stated in para 3 (vii) above) 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 the KIP Participants within Partner State will involve visit to historical, cultural industrial, academic and tourist places along with meetings 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/organization within the State. This will promote the State to a distinguished group of Young Overseas Indians in their respective countries and will have remifaications in terms of tourism, investment, education and glorious heritage of India.

5. It is now proposed to organise the 30th & 31st KIP on the schedule as shown below:

KIP Edition


ProposedPartner State

Proposed Lastdate for receiptof nominationsin the MOIAthroughMission

30th KIP 23rd December2014 – 12thJanuary 2015 Gujarat 12th November2014
31st KIP 2nd January2015 – 22ndJanuary 2015 Gujarat 30th November2014