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56th, 57th, 58th & 59th KNOW INDIA PROGRAMMES

The Government of India has announced the schedule of the 56th, 57th, 58th& 59th Know India Programmes to be conducted by the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.    

The Know India Programme (KIP) is a kind of an Orientation Programme expected to provide the participants exposure to various facets of the Indian way of life, culture, spirituality, adventure and sports, creativity and composite character of India and interaction with youth from different parts of the country. 

The schedule of the 56th, 57th, 58th& 59th Know India Programmes is given below:


Proposed Tentative Period

Proposed Partner State

Last date of receipt of application in High Commission of India, Suva

56th KIP

1 - 25 October, 2019


15 August 2019

57th KIP

5 – 29 November 2019

Himachal Pradesh

15 September 2019

58th KIP

1 – 25 December 2019


15 October 2019

59th KIP

1 – 25 January 2019

Andhra Pradesh

15 November 2019

Detailed guidelines and online application form for these programmes are available at the Know India Programme website:https://kip.gov.in/. These can also be obtained from the High Commission of India in Suva’s website http://www.indiainfiji.gov.in/ and through email itec.suva@mea.gov.in.   The following may, however, be noted:

  • This programme is open only for Persons of Indian origin (PIOs) in the age group of 18-30 years from all over the world. Minimum qualification for applying is graduate or studying for graduation.
  • Applications from Fiji are required to be made to the Indian High Commission in Suva by the stipulated dates give above.

  • Applications received after the prescribed last date would not be considered.

  • High Commission of India in Suva will arrange for return air tickets before participants leave for India, after getting 10% of total air fare from the participants. Mission will obtain a signed written undertaking from the participant that he/she will reimburse to the Indian Mission/Post the amount spent on airfare by Govt. of India, if he/she will not complete the KIP.

  • Gratis visa by High Commission shall be granted to selected participants after participant submits copy of valid travel and medical insurance for the duration of their visit to India. This is a mandatory provision before issuing ticket and visa.

  • In case a participant is found guilty of misconduct or indiscipline during the course of his/her stay, he/she may be asked to leave the Programme. Such participants would have to meet the entire cost of their air travel from his/her country of residence to India & back. Drinking and smoking in many places in India is banned and is discouraged during the programme. Participants are expected to remain with the group and maintain seriousness towards the programme.

  • The participants would also not be permitted to leave the Programme mid-way. All are expected to participate in the various programmes organized for them enthusiastically & are not expected to stay back in their hotel room, except for medical reason as advised by the doctor. Participants who leave the program on their own will not be entitled to the airfare.

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

  • Duly Completed online application for the programme, along with a passport size photograph, is to be submitted in the prescribed application form at the Indian Diplomatic Mission/Consular Post that covers the area of residence of the applicant. Nominations received after the due date, incomplete and unsigned applications, or forms not accompanied with photographs would be summarily rejected.

Main elements of KIP:

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

b) Visit to places of historical, cultural, religious importance.

c) Familiarization with art, music and culture of India.

d) Visit to industrial sites.

e) Visit to a village.

f) Interaction with non-profit organizations.

g) Meetings with senior leadership/officials in India.

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