July 23, 2012
happy to inform you that the Ministry of Overseas Indian
Affairs of the Government of India proposes to start a
programme called the ‘Study India Programme’ (SIP) to enable
overseas Indian youth (foreign citizens of Indian origin
only; not including Non-Resident Indians) in the age group
18-26 years to undergo a short term course of 4 weeks to
familiarize them with the art, culture, heritage, history
and social and economic development of India. The Programme
will be organized from 25 September-23 October, 2012
(tentative dates) in partnership with a select Institute of
repute. There would be 30 participants in the programme. The
participants would undergo a 3 week programme within the
selected Institute with academic and cultural content and
one week of field visits organized by the Institute.
2.Guidelines and application form for the programme are
enclosed. Exact date for the programme would be conveyed at
least a month before its commencement.
following may be noted in this regard:
programme is open only for diaspora youth in the age group
of 18-26 years. NRIs are not eligible to apply for this
is open to PIOs from all over the world.
those nominations which are in accordance with the
prescribed guidelines will be accepted by the Ministry.
received after the prescribed last date would not be
List of applicants who have been selected for
the SIP would be communicated at least a month before its
participants would be required to purchase air ticket for
their journey from the country of residence to India and
back, as per the schedule prescribed by the Ministry.
Concerned Indian Mission/Post would reimburse 50% (fifty
percent) of the total cost of air ticket (at lowest economy
excursion fare) to the participants on successful completion
of the programme by them.
Details of the Programme may also be seen on the website of
the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (http://moia.gov.in)
6. Nominations from the areas falling under the jurisdiction
of this Consulate, namely, Hessen, North Rhine-West Phalia,
Saarland and Rhineland Palatinate, for the first Study India
Programme should reach this Consulate by 10th of
August, 2012. While filling up the application, care must
be taken to fill in all the columns carefully because
incomplete applications will not be accepted.
7. Please feel free to contact me at
GUIDELINES FOR FIRST STUDY INDIA PROGRAMME
first SIP is tentatively scheduled to be held from 25
September-23 October, 2012.
of the programme would be for 4 weeks. If there is any
change in the above mentioned dates, revised dates would be
communicated in due course.
Programme is open to youth of Indian origin in the age group
of 18-26 years as on the first day of the month in which the
programme commences. It is open to Persons of Indian Origin
(PIOs) (not Non-Resident Indians) from all over the world.
total number of participants in any SIP may not exceed 30 at
educational qualification required for applying is
graduation. Those who are studying for graduation may also
participants would be required to purchase air ticket for
their journey from their country of residence to India and
back, as per the schedule prescribed by the Ministry of
Overseas Indian Affairs for the programme. On successful
completion of the programme by the participants, the
concerned Indian Missions/Posts would reimburse 50% of the
cost of air-ticket by economy class (direct flight) to the
participants. Cost of boarding, lodging, local
transportation and course fee during the programme will be
is borne by Government of India.
applicant should not have participated in any previous Know
India Programme (KIP) or Internship Programme for Diaspora
Youth (IPDY). Students and those who have not visited India
before are encouraged to apply.
applicants should be able to converse in English [they
should have studied English as a subject at the High School
level or should have English as a medium of instruction for
the undergraduate course].
visa by Indian Missions/Posts abroad will be granted to the
Mission should seek a medical fitness certificate from the
participants before recommending them for the programme.
Participant should have medical insurance before visa is
granted to them.
participants should be made aware of the prevailing weather
conditions in India: during visits to rural India
air-conditioned accommodation may not always be available.
applicants for the programme may be asked to write an essay
of 250 to 300 words on why they want to participate in the
programme and what they expect to gain from it.
participants would be required to abide by the regulations
of the Study India Programme as conveyed to them by the
Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs or its agency nominated
to conduct the Programme or through Indian Missions/Posts
abroad. The participants are expected to fully cooperate and
abide by the regulations of the Programme in order to ensure
its smooth conduct and success.
the event a participant is found guilty of misconduct or
indiscipline during the course of his / her stay, the
participant 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 and
clause 6 above relating to refund of 50% of the air-fare by
the Indian Missions/Posts will not be applicable to them.
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 take the programme
participants will 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 residential facility except
for medical reasons, on the advice of the doctor.
Participants who leave the programme on their own will not
be entitled to the airfare.
organizers will take care of the participants only for the
duration of the scheduled programme. If the participants
wish to arrive early or delay departure they will have to
make their own arrangements at their own cost.
completed application form for the programme, along with a
passport size photograph, is to be submitted 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.
Details of the Programme may also be seen on
website of the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (http://www.moia.gov.in).
PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION FORM.