Ravi meets diaspora youth visiting India

May 16th, 2011 - 11:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Pratibha Patil New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi Monday met a group of 24 diaspora youth participating in 17th Know India Programme (KIP), intended to promote awareness on the different facets of life in India and the progress made by the country in various fields.

Interacting with the participants, Ravi said that the programme provides a unique forum for students and young professionals of Indian origin to visit India, share their views and bond closely with today’s India.

“I am happy to welcome all of you who have come from different parts of the world. This is a programme to introduce India to you. I want you to tell your parents about the economic growth of India when you back to your respective countries,” he said.

Earlier in the day, the participants met President Pratibha Patil.

“Given a chance I would like to work in India because it is a beautiful place. This is the first time that I have to India on my own. I really liked the Delhi Metro trains which are not there in Peru,” said Aarti Daryanany, 19, who came from the South American country.

The other participants hailed from countries including Fiji, France, Peru, South Africa, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago and the US. During their three-week stay in India, they visited places like the Golden Temple, the Attari Border post as well as Delhi and Agra.

The programme was conducted by the Overseas Indian affairs ministry in partnership with the Punjab government.

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