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New Delhi, April 15, 2010
A group of 39 Indian diaspora youth from 14 countries has completed a visit to the country as part of the 14th Know India Programme (KIP) organised by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs.
The participants called on Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi, who said the programme was aimed at providing a forum for students and young professionals of Indian origin to share their views, expectations and experiences and get an exposure to the diversities of contemporary India.
He urged youth of Indian origin to know and understand India and cement their bonds with it.
The 14th KIP involved a stay of three weeks in India for 39 participants from 14 countries: Argentina, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.
On the first leg of the programme, the youth visited tourist destinations and institutions in Maharashtra and in the second phase of their programme they travelled to Haryana.
The KIP was conceived as a way of familiarising Indian diaspora youth with developments and achievements made by the country and bring them closer to the land of their ancestors. The participants, in the age group of 18-26 years, are selected on the basis of recommendations received from heads of Indian missions abroad. The selected participants are provided with full hospitality in India during the programme.