Know India Programme (KIP) of the Ministry of External 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 and Culture. KIP provides 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.

            The Government of India will organize the following 3  “Know India Programme” from August 2019 to October 2019.




   Partner States

   54th KIP

   01 Aug – 25 Aug  2019

   Punjab & Haryana

   55th  KIP

   03 Sep  - 27 Sep 2019


   56th  KIP

   01 Oct – 25 Oct 2019



2.         Importantant aspects about the Programme:

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

(i)         Visit to places of historical, cultural, religious importance.

(ii)        Familiarization  with art, music and culture of India.

(iii)       Visit to industrial sites.

(iv)       Visit to a village.

(v)        Interaction with non-profit organizations.

(vi)       Meetings with senior leadership/officials in India.

(vii)      Visit to a select state in India for 10 days.


3.         Eligibility

This programme is open to youth of Indian origin (excluding non-resident Indians) between the age 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 youth.

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

The applicant should not have participated in any previous KIP or Internship Programme for Diaspora Youth (IPDY), Study India Programme of MEA or any other programme organized and paid for by the Ministry of External Affairs and any other Ministry/Department in Government of India or a State Government in India.

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.


4.         GUIDELINES

Applicant has to submit applications online for the KIP bythe scheduled dates given below.


   Last date of Online submission of applications

   54th KIP

   30th  June 2019

   55th  KIP

   30th July 2019

   56th  KIP

   30th  August 2019

Participants are accorded local hospitality e.g. boarding / lodging and internal travel inside India and Air tickets from country of residence to India and back. Selected candidates would be required to pay 10% of total Airfare.


All KIP participants should  obtain an International travel and medical insurance  for their visit to India.


 Participants should check about weather conditions in India before travel. Stay in rural area is part of the programme where air-conditioned accommodation is not available.


Details of the programme and submission of application can be done at the Ministry’s Portal