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28TH  & 29TH KNOW INDIA PROGRAMMES

          The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India, has announced the tentative schedule of the 28th & 29th Know India Programmes to be conducted by the Ministry.

 

2.         The Know India Programme (KIP) is a kind of an Orientation Programme expected to provide the participants exposure to various facets of the Indian way of life, culture, spirituality, adventure and sports, creativity and composite character of India and interaction with youth from different parts of the country. 

5.         The tentative schedule of the 28th and 29th Know India Programmes is given below:

KIP

Proposed Tentative Period

Proposed Partner State

Last date for receipt of application in the High Commission of India, Suva

28th KIP

9 – 30 June 2014

Jammu & Kashmir

25th March 2014

29th KIP

29 Aug -18 Sep 2014

Himachal Pradesh 

25th June 2014

Detailed guidelines and application form for these programmes are available at the High Commission’s website: www.indianhighcommission.org.fj.  These can also be obtained from the High Commission of India through email (hc.suva@mea.gov.in).   The following may, however, be noted:

ø    This programme is open only for Persons of Indian origin (PIOs) in the age group of 18-26 years from all over the world. Minimum qualification for applying is graduate or studying for graduation.

ø    Applications from Fiji are required to be made to the Indian High Commission in Suva by the stipulated dates give above.

ø    Applications received after the prescribed last date would not be considered.

ø    Selected participants would be required to purchase air ticket for their journey from the country of residence to India and back.  The High Commission would reimburse 90% (ninety percent) of the total cost of air ticket (at lowest economy excursion fare) to the participants on successful completion of the programme by them.

ø    Details of these Programmes and application form are also available on the website of the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs: http://moia.gov.in

GUIDELINES

GUIDELINES FOR KNOW INDIA PROGRAMME (KIP)

1.    The following are the tentative schedule of the forthcoming Know India Programmes during 2013-14:

KIP

Edition

Proposed Tentative Period

Proposed Partner State

Last date for receipt of application in the High Commission of India, Suva

28th KIP

9th June – 30 June, 2014

Jammu & Kashmir

25th March 2014

29th KIP

29th August, 2014-18th September, 2014

Himachal Pradesh 

25th June 2014

2.    Duration of each of these programmes would be 3 weeks. Exact dates would be communicated in due course.

3.    The programme is open to youth of Indian origin (excluding non-resident Indians) in the age group of 18-26 years as on the first day of the month in which the programme is expected to commence.It is open to PIOs from all over the world.

4.    The total number of participants in any KIP may not exceed 40.

5.    Minimum qualification required for applying is graduate or studying for graduation.

6.    The applicants should be able to converse in English. [They should have studied English as a subject at the High School level or should have English as a medium of instruction for under-graduate course]

7.    The applicant should not have participated in any previous KIP or Internship Programme for Diaspora Youth (IPDY). Students and those who have not visited India before are encouraged to apply.

8.    The content of the programme may include the following:

    1. Presentations on the country, political process, developments in various sectors.
    2. Interaction with faculty and students at a prestigious University/College/Institute,
    3. Presentation on the industrial development and visits to some Industries/factories,
    4. Visit to a village to better understand the typical village life,
    5. Exposure to Indian media,
    6. Interaction with NGOs and organizations dealing with women affairs,
    7. Visit to places of historical importance/Monuments,
    8. Taking part in Cultural programmes,
    9. Exposure to yoga,
    10. 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.

9.    The participants are provided the following hospitality/facilities in India:

          i.        local hospitality e.g. boarding/lodging in State guest houses or budget hotels,

        ii.        Internal travel as per the Programme.

       iii.        Per diem allowance of Rs. 100/- for out-of-pocket expenses,

10. Selected participants would be required to purchase air ticket for their journey from the country of residence to India and back, as per the schedule prescribed for the Programme by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. Concerned Indian Mission/Post would reimburse 90% (ninety percent) of the total cost of air ticket for the cheapest economy class travel to the participants on successful completion of the programme by them.

11. Gratis visa by Indian Missions/Posts abroad may be granted to selected participants.

12. The Mission should seek a medical fitness certificate from the participants before recommending them for the programme. Every participant should have medical insurance before the visa is granted to them.

13. The weather condition of India should also be communicated to the participants and they should also be briefed that stay in a rural area is the part of the programme where air-conditioned accommodation is often not available.

14. All applicants for the programme may be asked to write an essay of 250 to 300 words on why they want to participate and what they expect to gain from the programme.

15. Selected participants would be required to abide by the regulations of the Know India Programme as conveyed to them by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs or an agency nominated by it for the conduct of the Programme directly or through Indian Missions/Posts abroad. They are expected to cooperate fully in the programme in order to ensure its smooth conduct.

16. In case a participant is found guilty of misconduct or indiscipline during the course of his/her stay, he/she may be asked to leave the Programme. Such participants would have to meet the entire cost of their air travel from his/her country of residence to India & back and ‘clause 10’ above on refund of 90% of the total cost of air ticket by Indian Missions/Posts would not be applicable to them. Drinking and smoking in many places in India is banned and is discouraged during the programme. Participants are expected to remain with the group and maintain seriousness towards the programme.

17. The participants would also not be permitted to leave the Programme mid-way. All are expected to participate in the various programmes organized for them enthusiastically & are not expected to stay back in their hotel room, except for medical reason as advised by the doctor. Participants who leave the program on their own will not be entitled to either the airfare or the per diem allowance.

18. The organizers will take care of the participants for the duration of the program only. If the participants wish to come early or stay late they will have to make their own arrangements.

19. Duly Completed application for the programme, along with a passport size photograph, is to be submitted in the prescribed application form at the Indian Diplomatic Mission/Consular Post that covers the area of residence of the applicant. Nominations received after the due date, incomplete and unsigned applications, or forms not accompanied with photographs would be summarily rejected.

20. Nominations, duly recommended by HOM/HOP, may please be sent by e-mail/fax to Under Secretary (DS), Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Akbar Bhawan, New Delhi – 110021; E-mail: usds2@moia.nic.in; Fax: 011- 24197942. The application form in original may be subsequently sent by diplomatic bag to Under Secretary (DS).

21. Details of the Programme would also be posted on the website www.moia.gov.in



APPLICATION FORM

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

MINISTRY OF OVERSEAS INDIAN AFFAIRS

NEW DELHI

 

APPLICATION FORM FOR KNOW INDIA PROGRAMME (KIP)

 

 



Attach

 

 

Recent Passport

Size photograph

 

 
 

Number of the KIP that you wish to take part: 28th or 29th (Tick mark the one which is applicable in the case of the applicant)

 

[Tentative schedule for the 28th KIP is 9th to 30th June 2014 and for 29th KIP

is 29th August to 18th September 2014]

 

PERSONAL PARTICULARS

 

(i)                       Name (as in Passport in BLOCK letters)

 

_____________            _____________                      ____________

            (Surname)                                (First Name)                        (Middle Name)

 

(ii)              Gender                                                Male/Female                           

 

(iii)             Date of birth                           (iv)       Place of birth    -----------     ---------

                                              (dd/mm/yyyy)                                                          (City)        (Country)

 

(v)              Nationality --------------------    (vi)       Domicile   --------------------

                                                                              (Country where you live in permanently)

(vii)            Marital status ------------------------

 

(viii)           Passport Particulars

 

                  No.                               ------------------

 

                  Place of issue               ------------                  ------------------

                                                          (City)                                (Country)

                  Date of issue               -------------------

                                                      (dd/mm/yyyy)

                  Date of Expiry            -------------------

                                                      (dd/mm/yyyy)

 

(ix)             Telephone number:                  Work               ----------------

                  (With country and city code)                     Residence        ----------------

                                                                              Mobile/Cell     -----------------

                  Fax Number                                                                ------------------

                  (With country and city code)

      E-mail Address                                   ------------------------------------

 

(x)              Complete mailing address with PIN/ZIP Code

 

(xi)             Permanent home address with PIN/ZIP Code

 

 

(xii)            Name, address (if available) and your relationship with                                                        your ancestor who migrated from India:

 

(a)    Name

(b)   Last known address

(c)    Your relationship with him/her

(d)   The year when he/she migrated from India, if known

 

(xiii)        Particulars in respect of your closest relative in India:

 

(a)    Name

(b)   Present address

(c)    Your relationship with him/her

(d)   Contact telephone numbers with city code

 

 

EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL PARTICULARS

 

1.         Educational qualification

                    

                  (i)          Graduate / Undergraduate

 

(ii)         State the name and address of the College/University   from where you                  completed graduation or  under graduation or is doing or have joined                           for graduation

 

(iii)       Subjects of study

 

(iv)       Medium of instruction

 

2.         Qualification in English language

 

3.         Details of Occupation/employment:

           

S.N.

Organization/Office/Firm

(Name and address)

Position held

Period

From

To

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.         Contact particulars of the present employer:

           

                  Telephone number:                              Work               ----------------

                  (With country and city code)                     Mobile/Cell     -----------------

                  Fax Number                                        ------------------

                  (With country and city code)

      E-mail Address                                   ------------------------------------

 

5.         Personal Achievements, If any___________________________________

________________________________________________________________

 

OTHER DETAILS

 

1.         Details of Community Activities, if undertaken:

 

2.         Are you a member of any Overseas Indian

            Association/Organization? If yes, give its name

            And address

 

3.         How did you come to know about the KIP?

            (Through an Indian Diplomatic Mission/Post,

            Media advertisement, a previous participant

            or others- to be specified)

 

4.         Have you participated in a previous Know India                   Yes/No

            Programme? If yes, provide details.

 

5.         Have you visited India earlier?  if yes, please

            provide details of your last two visits including

            the month and year of the visit, places visited                       Yes/No

            and the purpose for your visit

 

6.         Has any sibling / relative of yours attended KIP before        Yes/No

 

7.         Please state, in not more than 250 words, why do you wish to take part in the       know India Programme and what do they expect to gain ?

 

            ___________________________________________________________

 

            ___________________________________________________________

 

            ___________________________________________________________

 

            ___________________________________________________________

 

            ___________________________________________________________

DECLARATION

 

            I, hereby, declare that all the information given in this Application Form are true and correct to the best of my information and belief.

 

            I also declare that I will abide by the regulations of the Know India Programme, would offer my full cooperation in its smooth conduct, and would not leave it mid-way.

 

            I understand that if I am found guilty of any misconduct or indiscipline during the course of the Programme, I could be refused any further participation in the said or participation in any future KIP and that I would not be eligible for reimbursement of the 90% of the return international airfare from my country of residence to India. The said reimbursement of 90% of the international airfare would also not be made to me if I leave the Programme mid-way.

 

 

 

                                                                                    (Signature of the applicant)

                                                                    Name of the applicant

 

Date:

 

 

 

ENDORSEMENT OF THE CONCERNED INDIAN MISSION/POST

 

 

Name of Indian Mission/Post:

 

 

Recommendations of the Head of Mission/Post

 

 

 

                                                                    Signature of HOM/HOP _______________

                                                                       

                                                                       

                                                                    Name of the HOM/HOP__________________

 

Office Seal                                         





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