After a period of more than two years due to the pandemic, the Know India Program for youngsters of Indian origin, resumed. A group of six Guyanese youths has been selected for The first edition of KIP for this year and will leave for Mother India on August 25 for a three weeks program. Two more KIPs will depart later in the year.
The High commission of India in Georgetown issued the following release:
Six (6) Guyanese nationals of Indian origin have been selected for the 60th Edition of the Know India Programme (KIP) from Aug 25 – Sep 14, 2022 which has Goa – a state on the western coast of India, as the partner State. Selected were Ms. Theresa Jaikishun, Ms. Rameshwari Dharamdat, Ms. Indera Hoorilall, Mr. David Papannah, Mr. Albert Inshanally and Mr. Chandrakumar Poorannauth; all hailing from various regions of Guyana. The participants are from various backgrounds- including three teachers, a dentist, forest official and a journalist by profession.
High commissioner Dr KJ Srinivasa interacted with the selected participants, briefed them on the program and wished them to make full use of the intitiative to connect to India.their roots in India- the land of their ancestors. The participants expressed their appreciation for and thanked the Government of India for the chance to visit India and conveyed their excitement to know more and experience the growing economic giant.
Know India Programme is a flagship programme of Ministry of External Affairs for engagement with Indian origin youth (between 18-30 years) to enhance their awareness about India, its cultural heritage, art and to familiarise them with various aspects of contemporary India. This programme is open to youth of Indian origin (excluding non-resident Indians) from all over the world with preference to those from Mauritius, Fiji, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, South Africa and Jamaica. The programme has been in existence since 2003.
Know India Programme is a 25 days programme (excluding international travel) during which the participant will visit Delhi, Agra and a select state (in this case Goa) in India alongwith visits to places of historical, cultural, religious significance. KIP participants will also have a 2-day orientation programme in New Delhi. Participants will meet opinion makers, leaders, officials to get an overview of India’s economy, society and ongoing growth and development story.
Participants are provided local hospitality like boarding and internal transportation in India, and return air tickets from their country of residence to India. Minimum qualification required for participating in KIP is graduation from a recognized University /Institute or enrolled for graduation and ability to speak in English. The applicant should not have visited India through any previous Programme of Government of India. Those who have not visited India before will be given preference.
There are two more upcoming KIPs in 2022: The 61st KIP Edition – September 26, 2022 to October 16, 2022 in Gujarat and the 62nd KIP Edition – November 01, 2022 to November 21, 2022 in Rajasthan. The High Commission of India invites all eligible youths to apply in order to avail of this excellent opportunity to visit and learn about India. The Guidelines for the Know India Programme (KIP) can be downloaded at http://kip.gov.in/home/guidelines. Applications are to be filled online at http://kip.gov.in/home/register, printed and signed Application and Annexure Form, along with 2 recent Passport size photographs are to be submitted to High Commission of India.