Study India Programme (SIP) for Non-Resident Indians and Persons of Indian Origin
The Study India Programme (SIP) is sponsored by the Government of India – The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. The program invites the youth of Indian diaspora living abroad. Think of it as a summer school course in an Indian University, a lot different social experience compared to America or Europe. The foreign citizens of Indian origin in the age-group of 18-26 years can apply and qualify for the short term courses that familiarize them with the Indian art, culture, heritage, history, emerging economy and overall development of India. Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs websites states, “Such short term courses shall aim at providing an opportunity to the overseas Indian youth to better understand and appreciate contemporary India, foster closer ties with the land of their ancestors and enhance their engagement with India.”
According to the site, “The participants are selected based on recommendations received from Heads of India Missions / Posts abroad. Selected participants are provided with full hospitality in India for the duration of the Programme. 50% of the cost of air ticket by economy class (Direct flight) is refundable to the participants on successful completion of the Programme…”
The Study India Programme is implemented in partnership with reputed Indian Universities/Institutions. The SIP is supposed to take place twice a year.
The course content criteria on the Ministry site lists following highlights:
Academic content: – which would facilitate understanding of contemporary India and its development, political and financial systems, economic, social and administrative structures;
Cultural content: – which would help the participants to understand the Indian experience with exposure to Indian mythology, history, arts, handicrafts, dance, music, cuisine, languages and by interaction with Indian students.
Visits: – which will be organized to different institutions and industries of importance as also rural visit to allow the participants to gain first hand exposure to India.
For more details on the program, you can refer to the information source below.
Source of information:
- The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs: Study India Programme
- The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs: Study India Programme (Alternate Link)
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