About Us News

Embassy invites application from PIO for 36th Know India programme

Posted on: August 05, 2016 | Back | Print

Untitled Document

Know India Programme

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) will be organizing the next 36th edition of the 'Know India Program (KIP)' from 01-25 October 2016 and the selected participants will visit Delhi, Agra and Punjab. The partner state for this edition of KIP is Punjab.

About the Programme:

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 different facets of Indian life, our cultural heritage, art and the transformation taking place in India. This programme is open to youth of Indian origin (excluding non-resident Indians).

Main elements of KIP

Understanding of India’s political system, economy, society, and developments in various sectors etc.

Interaction with students at University/ College.

Visit to places of historical importance.

Participation in cultural programmes.

Visit to industrial sites.

Visit to a village.

Interaction with non-profit organizations.

Meetings with senior leadership/officials in India.

Visit to a select state in India for 10 days.

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

The participants are provided local hospitality e.g. boarding/lodging in State guest houses or budget hotels and Internal travel in India.

Embassy will arrange for return air tickets before participants leave for India, after getting 10% of total air fare from them.

Gratis visa shall be granted to selected participants by the Indian Embassy.

Eligibility Criteria:

NRIs are not eligible for KIPs

Age: The programme is open to youth of Indian origin (excluding non-resident Indians) in the age group of 18-30 years, as on the first day of the month in which the programme is expected to begin. It is open to PIO youths from all over the world. Applicant must provide his previous PIO card number or that of his parents or grandparents. In the absence of any documentary proof of Indian Origin, the applicant must submit a written undertaking about his Indian Origin to the Embassy.

Previous participations: The applicant should not have participated in any previous KIP or Internship Programme for Diaspora Youth (IPDY) or Study India Programme of MEA.

Those who have not visited India before will be given preference.

Educational Qualification: Minimum qualification required for participating in KIP is graduation from a recognized University /Institute or enrolled for graduation.

Language: The applicants should be able to speak in English, should have studied English as a subject at the High School level or have English as the medium of instruction for undergraduate course.


01-25 October 2016 with 10 days in Punjab.


The total number of participants in a KIP will not exceed 40 with a maximum of 5 participants from one country.

Interested PIOs in the Philippines may fill in the following application form and send it to the Embassy at cons@indembassymanila.in with copy to com@indembassymanila.in.








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

Last Name
Middle Name
First Name

(ii) Gender : Male/Female

(iii) Date of Birth:

(iv) Place of Birth

(v) Nationality

(vi) Place of Residence

(vii) Passport Details:


Place of issue:

(City) (Country)

Date of issue:

Date of Expiry:

(viii) Telephone Number:

(with country and city code) Work



Fax Number

Email: _____________@_______________

(ix) Complete mailing address with ZIP Code: ________________________________


(x) Permanent home address with ZIP Code: _________________________________

(xi) Your or your parents place of origin in India : __________________________


PIO Card No:_____________Date of Issue______________Place of issue______________

OCI Card No:_____________Date of issue______________Place of issue______________

If applicant does not hold a PIO or OCI card, he/she may provide details of PIO or OCI Card of Mother/Father/Grandfather/Grandmother_____________

Name of PIO/OCI Card holder_________________________________

Please attach copy of documentary- proof of Indian origin.

B. Details of International Medical and Travel Insurance policy.

Policy No:____________________________

Please attach insurance copy of the policy issued by (Name of Company ______________) Valid from (Date)____________to____________

C. Details of Family/Relative(s) in India

(i) Name, address (if available) and your relationship with your nearest relative who migrated from India:

(a) Complete Name

(b) Last Known address of your relative

(c) Your relationship with him/her

(d) Mobile number of your relative with city code




E. Occupation/Employment:

F. Any achievements professional/educational:________________________________

G. Interests/hobbies_______________________________________________________


i) Have you participated in a previous

Know India Programme? If yes, provide details. Yes / No

ii) Have you visited India earlier? If yes, Yes / No

please month and year of the visits, places visited and purpose:

iii) Has any sibling/relative of yours attended KIP before Yes / No

iv) Please describe, in not more than 250 words, why

you want to take part in the Know India Programme?


I, HEREBY, DECLARE THAT ALL THE INFORMATION GIVEN IN THIS Application Form is 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 programme 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. 90% of the international airfare paid by the Government of India will be repaid to the Indian Mission/Consulate, if I do not complete the KIP.

(Signature of the applicant)
Name of the Applicant


Name of Indian Mission/Post:

Recommendations of the Head of Mission/Post
Signature with Date of HOM/HOP _____________________
Complete Name of the HOM/HOP_____________________ Office Seal



(For applicants who do not possess any documentary evidence of Indian Origin)

I ________________________________ (complete name) born on ____________ (Date of birth), daughter/ son of __________________________ (Complete name do hereby state that I am of Indian origin because of the following reasons –






Signature of the Applicant

(Complete Name:- )


Place: ----------------


Countersigned and stamped by

Head of Indian Mission or DCM/DHC/DCG

Complete Name___________

Place: ____________

Date: ____________