Know India Programme (KIP) of the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs 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.
About 35 Indian Diaspora Youth in the age group of 18-26 years, are selected for each programme on recommendations from Heads of Indian Missions/Posts abroad. 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:
a. Presentations on the country, political process, developments in various sectors,
b. Interaction with faculty and students at a prestigious University/College/Institute,
c. Presentation on the industrial development and visits to some Industries,
d. Visit to a village to better understand the typical village life,
e. Exposure to Indian media,
f. Interaction with NGOs and organizations dealing with women affairs,
g. Visit to places of historical importance/Monuments,
h. Taking part in Cultural programmes,
i. Exposure to yoga,
j. 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.