Know India Programme (KIP) Know India Programme (KIP)

Know India Programme (KIP)


Know India Programme of the Ministry of External Affairs is a 25 days orientation programme for diaspora youth conducted with a view to promote awareness on different facets of life in India and the progress made by the country in various fields e.g. economic, industrial, education, Science & Technology, Communication & Information Technology, culture. KIP provide a unique forum for students & young professionals of Indian origin to visit India, share their views, expectations & experiences and to develop closer bonds with the contemporary India. 4-5 such programmes are conducted every year in partnership with one or two State Governments.

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 Indian life, cultural heritage, art and various aspects of contemporary India. This programme is open to youth of Indian origin (excluding non-resident Indians). The programme has been in existence since 2003.

The content of the programme broadly includes the following:

  • Presentations on the country, political process, developments in various sectors,
  • Interaction with faculty and students at a prestigious University/College/Institute,
  • Presentation on the industrial development and visits to some Industries,
  • Visit to a village to better understand the typical village life,
  • Exposure to Indian media,
  • Interaction with NGOs and organizations dealing with women affairs,
  • Visit to places of historical importance/Monuments,
  • Taking part in Cultural programmes,
  • Exposure to yoga,
  • 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.

So far MOIA/MEA has organized 48 Know India Programmes for Overseas Diaspora Youths.

From the areas under the jurisdiction of the Assistant High Commission of India, Kandy, 40(Forty) students have participated in this programme till date.

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