Know India Programme

Know India Programme (KIP)

1. Know India Programme is a flagship programme of Ministry of External Affairs, the Government of India 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, Jamaica. The programme has been in existence since 2003.

2. Know India Programme is a 25 days programme (excluding international travel) during which the participant will visit Delhi, Agra and a select state 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.

3. Participants are provided local hospitality e.g. boarding and Internal transportation in India, return air tickets from their country of residence to India provided participants bear 10% of the cost of total air fare. Gratis visa shall be granted to participants by the Indian Missions/Posts abroad.

4. 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.

5. Applicant must provide documentary evidence to prove Indian origin or an undertaking about Indian origin which must be countersigned by Indian Embassy/High Commission/Consul General.

The Government India has decided to organize 6 KIPs during the financial year 2019-20. Out of these 6 KIPs. The schedule of 56th, 57th, 58th and 59th KIPs is as under:-

No. of KIP Partner State Duration of the whole KIP in India Schedule for visiting Partner State. Last date of online submission of applications on KIP Portal
56th KIP
1st October  to 25th October, 2019
5th October, 2019 to 14th October 2019
15th August 2019
57th KIP
Himachal Pradesh .
5th November to 29th November, 2019
10th November to 19th November, 2019
15th September 2019.
58th KIP
1st December  to 25th December , 2019.
6th December to
15th December, 2019
15th October 2019
59th KIP
Andhra Pradesh
1st January to 25th January 2020
7th January to 16th January, 2020
15th November 2019

 Eligible candidates can apply for the programme online. Detailed information is available at:


  •     The Embassy
  •     Consular Services
  •     Bilateral Relations