Know India Programme 2016-17

Know India Programme of the Ministry is a three-week 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.

Based on recommendations received from Heads of Indian Missions/Posts abroad, About 35 Indian Diaspora Youth in the age group of 18-26 years, are selected for each programme Selected participants are provided with full hospitality in India during the duration of the programme. 90% (ninety percent) of the total cost of air ticket (at lowest economy excursion fare) is refundable to the participants on successful completion of the programme by them.

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 The Ministry, Youth Affairs and Sports.

So far MOIA has organized 24 Know India Programmes in which 729 Overseas Diaspora Youth have participated in these programmes

Latest Know India Programmes organized by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India:

A Facebook page has been created for the KIPs. Following is the link of the facebook page to encourage friends and KIP participants etc. Regular updated of the programmes will be posted on the facebook page:


KIP Edition Proposed Tentative Period Proposed Partner State Proposed Last date for receipt of nominations in the MEA through Missions.
36th KIP 1st -25th October 2016 Punjab 25th August, 2016
37th KIP 17th December to 10th January 2017 Uttar Pradesh 30 October 2016
38th KIP 17th December to 10th January 2017 Kerala 30 October 2016
39th KIP 27th December to 20th January 2017 Gujarat 30 October 2016
40th KIP 27th December to 20th January 2017 West Bengal 30 October 2016

Guidelines and application form of the programmes are available on the website.