On 17 June 2017 EAM inaugurated a portal for Know India Programme (KIP), the Ministry’s flagship initiative for engagement with young overseas Indians. The portal www.kip.gov.in enables Indian-origin youth to apply online for KIP programmes. This programme is open to youth of India origin (excluding non-resident Indians) from all over the world with preference to those from Mauritius, Fiji, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica. The programme has been in since 2003.
2. Know India Programme is a 25 days programme (excluding international travel) during which the participant will visit Delhi, Agra and a select state in India alongwith visits to places of historical, cultural, religious significance. KIP participants will also have a 2-day orientation programme in New Delhi. Participants will meet opinion makers, leaders, officials to get an overview of India’s economy, society and ongoing growth and development story.
3. Participants are provided local hospitality e.g. boarding and Internal transportation in India, return air tickets from their country of residence to India provided participants bear 10% of the cost of total air fare. Gratis visa shall be granted to participants by the Indian Missions/Posts abroad.
4. Minimum qualification required for participating in KIP is graduation from a recognized University /Institute or enrolled for graduation and ability to speak in English. The applicant should not have visited India through any previous Programme of Government of India.. The programme is only for those Indian diaspora youth who have never visited India before and preference will be given to 2nd and 3rd generation diaspora youth aged to 18 to 30.
If selected, the participant must submit in advance:
(i) a Medical Fitness Certificate;
(ii) information on allergies, if any, to be provided;
(iii) Medical insurance cover; and
(iv) they may bring their medical kit, if any, along.
5. Applicant must provide documentary evidence to prove Indian origin or an undertaking about Indian origin which must be countersigned by Indian Embassy/High Commission/Consul General.
Eligible candidates can apply to the programme online.
This year i.e. in 2017-18, six KIPs are being organized with participation of 40 overseas Indians in each programme.
The schedule of KIPs is given below. Indian-origin youth can submit applications online for the following first four KIPs to be held in 2017 i.e. 41, 42, 43 & 44:
No. Date State Partner
44th KIP 29 Nov -23 Dec 2017 Andhra Pradesh & Telangana
45th KIP 29 Jan-22 Feb 2018 Focus state Rajasthan
46th KIP 12 Feb- 08 Mar 2018 Focus state Madhya Pradesh
The last date for application is December 15, 2017, after which no applications will be entertained. The schedule, guidelines, User Manual and other information are available on the website http://kip.gov.in.
Applicants can indicate their preferences online for any hree KIPs.
Applications can be submitted online by the overseas Indians till 21 July 2017.