The 14th edition of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) is round the corner and the Ministry of External Affairs is leaving no stone unturned to make it a success. PBD organisers - be it in Delhi or in the hosting state Karnataka - are working hard to meet the deadline and so that Indian diaspora is connected to their motherland seamlessly.
In a bid to bring Indian diaspora youth closer to their country, MEA conducts a three-week orientation programme for diaspora youth - Know India Programme.
These exchange programmes are conducted 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, culture.
Know India Programme is a unique platform for students and young professional of Indian origin to visit their country and share their views, suggestion, expectations and develop close bonds with peer groups as well as contemporary India.
How and when
About 35 Indian diaspora Youth in the age group of 18-26 years are selected for each programme Selected participants are provided with full hospitality in India during the duration of the programme.
Around 4-5 such programmes are conducted every year in partnership with one or two State Governments.
90% (ninety percent) of the total cost of air ticket (at lowest economy excursion fare) is refundable to the participants on successful completion of the programme by them.
Elements of the programme
* Presentations on the country, political process, developments in various sectors.
* Interaction with faculty and students at a prestigious University/College/Institute
* Presentation on the industrial development and visits to some Industries
* Visit a village to better understand the typical village life
* Exposure to Indian media
* Interaction with NGOs and organisations dealing with women affairs
* Visit places of historical importance/Monuments
* Taking part in Cultural programmes
* Exposure to yoga