Know India Programme

Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth is hosting the 66th ‘Know India Programme‘ on 7th and 8th of August 2023 at Chinmaya Eswar Gurukula campus, Veliyanad, Ernakulam.

The Know India Programme (KIP) is an initiative by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, designed for the youth belonging to the Indian diaspora living abroad. Youth aged 18-30 are brought to India as part of this program to acquaint them with India and its diverse facets, including our cultural heritage, art, and various aspects of contemporary India. This program is open to youth of Indian origin (excluding non-resident Indians) with a preference for those Indians who went abroad as indentured laborers under an agreement.

Every year, the KIP team selects youth to visit India as our National guests for approximately one month, with full sponsorship by the Central Government. This year, the national guests are visiting Kerala, and our University, as the institutional partner, will be hosting them for a day and a half in coordination with NORKA, the Government of Kerala, to experience the Onam festival.

Programme Schedule







Welcoming the guests with Ponnada (CVV Shawl) 

9.30 -9.45 am

 Induction Programme

10.00 – 10.45 am

Tea Break

11.00 – 11.15

Audio-visual presentation, with lecture and videos about the history and culture of Kerala

11.15 – 12.00

Visit Sri Adi Sankara’s Birthplace (Illom)

12.00 -12.30

Visit CIF Library

12.30 -1.00





Onam Festivities – Chenda melam


Session  – About Onam and Our Culture

(Venue: Chinmayam)

10.30 -11.00

Tea Break

11.00 – 11.15

Onam Events: Vadam Vali (Tug of War), Uri Adi,

Puli kali, Maveli and Vamanan Varavu, Thiruvathira kali, Experiencing Onam Swing etc.

11.15 -12.30

Ona sadya

12.30 – 2.00

Live demonstration of handicrafts (Participatory Event)

2.00 – 4.00

Sharing of Experience by KIP team about Onam

4.00 – 4.20

Vote of thanks & Closing prayer

4.20 -4.30