News Details
Applications Invited for Know India Programme


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 the transformation taking place in India. This programme is open to youth of Indian origin (excluding non-resident Indians). 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)    Interaction with students at University/ College.

c)    Visit to places of historical importance.

d)    Participation in cultural programmes.

e)    Visit to industrial sites.

f)     Visit to a village.

g)    Interaction with non-profit organizations.

h)    Meetings with senior leadership/officials in India.

i)     Visit to a select state in India for 10 days.

3.      Arrangements:

(a)  The Ministry of External Affairs will take care of participants only for the duration of the program. If participants wish to come  early or stay late, they will have to make their own arrangements.

(b)  The participants are provided local hospitality e.g. boarding/lodging in State guest houses or budget hotels and Internal    travel in India.

(c)    Missions may arrange for return air tickets before participants leave for India, after getting 10% of total airfare from them.

(d)   Gratis visa shall be granted to selected participants by the Indian Missions/Posts abroad.

4.      Eligibility Criteria:

NRIs 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 youths from all over the world. Applicant must provide his 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 Missions.

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

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.

5.        Duration

a)    25 days (excluding international travel) with 10 days in the partner State.  The 25 day period includes the date of arrival and departure.

6.     Intake:

(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 will be permitted to opt 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.



(a)        Preference would be given to Indian origin persons from Mauritius, Fiji, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago (also    known as Girmitiya countries)

(b)        Person selected would be within 18-30 years of age.

(c)        From each country a total of five PIOs will be selected.

(d)        If the total number of participants in a KIP is less than 40, Ministry will select the candidates from the reserve list, including from those countries where five PIOs have already been selected.

(e)        Ministry shall maintain a reserve list of 15 candidates for each KIP. 

(f)         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.

(g)        Effort will be made for balanced participation of male and female PIOs in each KIP. 

(h)        KIP participants may submit proof of Indian Origin such as a PIO/OCI card of themselves; parents orgrand parents.  In the absence of these documents they have to submit a written undertaking about their Indian-Origin which has to be attested by DCM/DHC/DCG or HOM/HOP




Please Download: 


     36th KIP application form


36th KNOW INDIA PROGRAMME / October 2016/Partner State-Punjab


Please Download: 


             04.08.2016 36th KIP