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Invitation to 'Know India Programme' (KIP) for young PIOs

1.         Young members of the Indian Diaspora (PIO) are cordially invited to participate in the ‘Know India Programme’ (KIP) to rediscover their Indian roots.

2.         Under KIP, the Ministry of External Affairs of India offers a 25 days visit to young PIOs to give them an exposure to various aspects of contemporary India, and India’s diverse forms of art, heritage, and culture. So far 1093 Indian origin youth from 42 countries have visited India through 35 editions of KIP.

3.         The schedule for the next KIP as under:

Tour dates

Partner State

Last date for receipt of application by High Commission of India

1-25 October, 2016


20 August, 2016

4.         Broad terms and guidelines

i.          Duration of the programme is 25 days with 10 days in the partner state.

ii.         The programme is open to Persons of Indian origin (PIO) in the age group of 18-30 years, the world over (excluding non-resident Indians).

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

iii.        Minimum   qualification  required   for   applying   is   graduation  or  enrolled   for     

iv.        The applicants should be able to converse in English.

v.         The applicant should  not  have  participated  in  any  previous  KIP  or   Internship Programme for Diaspora Youth (IPDY) or Study India Programme of MEA.

vi.        Students and those who have not visited India before are encouraged to apply.

vii.       The content of the programme may include the following:

  1. Understanding of India's political system, economy, society, and developments in various sectors etc.
  2. Interaction with students at University/ College.
  3. Visit to places of historical importance.
  4. Participation in cultural programmes.
  5. Visit to industrial sites.
  6. Visit to a village.
  7. Interaction with non-profit organizations.
  8. Meetings with senior leadership/officials in India.
  9. Visit to a select state in India for 10 days.

viii.      The participants are provided the following hospitality/facilities in India:

i.    Local hospitality e.g. boarding/lodging in State guest houses or
budget hotels,

ii.   Internal travel as per the Programme.

ix.        High Commission of India, Ottawa may arrange return cheapest economy air tickets for the selected participants. However, the participants would be required to pay 10% of total airfare before they leave for India. They will also have to give a written undertaking that they will complete the KIP, failing which amount spent on airfare by Government of India will be reimbursed to the High Commission of India, Ottawa.

x.         Every participant should have an international travel and medical insurance before the ticket and gratis visa are issued to her/him and is also required to submit the fitness certificate with the application.

xi.        All participants for the programme are required to submit an essay in not more than 250 words on why they want to participate and what they expect to gain from the programme.

xii.       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.

xiii.      All applicants need to apply in the prescribed format (attached) to the High Commission of India, Ottawa (as per details below), by the due date, along with (i) an essay in not more than 250 words on why they want to participate in KIP and what they expect to gain from it; (ii) a recent passport size photograph.

Vishwa Nath Goel,
Second Secretary (HOC),
High Commission of India,
10 Springfield Road, Ottawa, ON, K1M 1C9
Tel: 613-744-0888; Email:

xiv.      Successful candidates only will be contacted by the High Commission of India.

5.         The application form, detailed guidelinesa and KIP programme are attached.

08 August, 2016


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