In order to meet the aspirations of the diaspora community with reduced conditions about eligibility, it has been decided to arrange a Know India Programme on Self Financing Basis on the following terms:

  • (i) The KIP will be available to PIO/OCI card holders in the age group 18 - 30 years irrespective of their generation and previous visits to India.
  • (ii) The Programme will be organised by the same Event Management Company (EMC) that is approved for the normal KIPs and at the same rates and conditions. The participants will have to bear the total cost of international and domestic travel, boarding and lodging, management fee of the EMC, international medical insurance, etc. Airtickets to/ from India and international medical insurance will be purchases directly by the participants. The logistic arrangements in India will be made by the EMC on payment basis and the money will be payable directly by the participants to the EMC.
  • (iii) Ministry will identify one or two state(s) to be visited by the participants, draw a structured programme schedule in coordination with the EMC and coordinate with the organisations concerned for waiver of entrance fee to various historic sites.
  • (iv)Other procedures like provision of gratis visa by the Mission, orientation programme, deployment of a liaison officer with KIP group, etc. will remain the same as for a normal KIP.