40 Indian Origin youth from 8 countries are participating in 53rd edition of Know India Programme (KIP) for Young Indian Diaspora of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). They are from Fiji, Sri Lanka, Guyana, Mauritius, Portugal, South Africa, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago. Maharashtra and Daman & Diu are partner states of this edition of KIP.
Know India Programmes (KIP)
- It is flagship initiative Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) launched in 2004 for diaspora engagement which familiarizes Indian-origin youth (18-30 years) with their Indian roots and contemporary India.
- It is three-week orientation programme aimed familiarizing Indian diaspora youth with developments and achievements made by country and bring them closer to land of their ancestors.
- It provides unique forum for students and young professionals of India origin to visit India, share their views, expectations and experiences and to bond closely with contemporary India.
- It seeks at creating awareness among Indian diaspora youth on different facets of life in India such as art, heritage, culture as well as progress made in fields economic and education.
- It also offers platform for young Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) to visit India share their views, experiences and expectations and forge closer bonds with India.
- In 2016, this initiative was revamped to extend number of days from 21 to 25 days including 10-day visit to one or two states. Moreover, six KIPs are being now organised by MEA in a year.
- Its participants are selected on basis of nominations received and recommendations of heads of Indian Missions and posts. The participants are provided all hospitality in India during their visit.