Earlier known as Internship Programme for Diaspora Youth (IPDY), the Know India Programme is a three-week internship programme for diaspora youth conducted by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs with a view to promote awareness on India, its socio-cultural diversity, its all round development, its emergence as an economic powerhouse, India being a centre of higher education and the ongoing developments in various fields including infrastructure, Information technology etc. The participants from countries having larger population of People of Indian Origin are selected based on recommendations made by Indian Missions/ Posts abroad. They are provided with full hospitality and are reimbursed 90% of the international airfare by the most economical class travel to participants from their respective country to India.
The Programme is organized in partnership with the State Governments. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is the organisational partner.
The content of the programme broadly includes the following:
- Visit and stay at a University/College/Institute.
- Visit to Industry
- Visit to a village
- Exposure to Indian media and Film Industry.
- Presentations on the country, the constitution, political process etc.
- Interaction with NGOs and/or organizations dealing with women affairs.
- Call on high dignitaries, which may include President, Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, Youth Affairs and Sports, Women and Child Development.
- Visit to places of historical importance/Monuments.
- Cultural events.
The 13th Know India Programme, which starts on 28th December 2009 and ends on 20 January 2010, will be held in Kerala and Rajasthan. This programme is bringing together 40 participants from around the world: Australia, Chile, Fiji, Israel, Malaysia, Mauritius, New Zealand, Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad, USA and Zimbabwe.
The participants from Mauritius are Ms. Preeyamvada Chuttooar and Mr Yavin Raj Bholah.