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Students Inspired by Constitution Day program

Students Inspired by Constitution Day program
ambkThe benevolent presence of His Excellency Sunil Jain, the Indian Ambassador to Kuwait, distinguished guests, and the large audience including teachers, students and parents added the sparkling light in the Constitution Day program held in the Indian Embassy auditorium. This event was conducted as part of the year – long nationwide celebrations to mark the 125th birth anniversary Dr Ambedkar, the chairman of the historic drafting committee of Indian Constitution.
A.K. Srivastava, Second Secretary – Community Welfare welcomed the gathering. The Ambassador and officials paid floral tribute to Dr B.R. Ambedkar.
Pani J Anthony, Recipient of Dr Ambedkar National Award, MUN Speaker and HR Manager, in his inspiring speech on Indian Constitution and National integration, thanked the Embassy for their good efforts in arranging such awareness program, and for the Good Samaritan role played for the people irrespective of seasons and situations, it won a thunderous applause from the audience. His sudden quizzing was answered by Naman Singh, student of Indian English Academy School, Salmiya. 
 
Excerpt from his speech
ambkOur Constitution. Is it a product that anyone can go to the nearby shop, buy and keep it in the safe?  The constitution is a living thing like you and I. It is the Bible for every Indian.  Bhagwat Gita of everyone. Quran of each Indian. Sri-Gur Granth Sahib of the valoured people. It is not the property of judges and lawyers alone, but also the property of we, the people of India. It has its body, it has its soul; includes the idea of social justice, idea of dignity of every individual, idea of accountability in public life; and unity and integrity of the nation. My brethren, it is the holy result of 271 men and women, with tireless efforts for 3 years, thus was drafted the Indian Constitution.
What binds us today? The people from the western India and the Eastern India; people from the North and the South. It is none other than the constitution. The constitution binds us today as the sole people of India. It is not just a legal document; it’s a political, social, cultural manifesto of the whole India of not only this present generation, but also the generations to come. The essence of every religion, culture is articulated in the very preamble of this constitution. It unites Ayyappan, Ahmed, Anthony, Amardeep Singh together. It is a very powerful mantra that drives us by a sense of what is right and what is wrong. 
The Indian Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore very aptly started,  
"Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free"
and ended with,
"Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake".
The likeminded leaders like Dr BR Ambedkar, their fearless determination as strong as the rocks made a fuller contribution for this noble venture, so today we all stand as high as the mountains.
Our forefathers forgot region, religion, caste, creed, language and all stood united with the sole aim of freeing the nation. 
See the crescent – says Islam
See the sun – Hinduism
And, see the stars, Christianity.
Thus, there is a cheers in the sky. If so, why are the tears on the earth??
ambkWhen all the religions jointly host the celebrations in their homes, community and nation, the merit of our nation flies higher and higher with the globally accepted value that is religious harmony. 
We remember the famous quote “from Kashmir in the north to Kanyakumari in the south”, but only in the papers and may be in our dreams. We fail to practice that we read in the books.
That is why Swami Vivekananda very aptly gave the clarion call.  “Give me 100 youth, I shall change the nation”. What kind of youth he wanted. The youth who can think for the people, to speak for the people, and act for the people. To unite the people that is the real richness of the nation. Richness is not only in money, but when you shed tears how many hands come forward to wipe of your tears.
Our nation lies in the feeling of oneness, wherever we are or whoever we may be.
Some people came running, crying, I looked at them, they are not of my religion, I walked away.
Some were fighting each other, I looked at them, they are not of my region, I kept silence.
Few houses were on fire, mine is not included, I am safe.
And now, I have a problem, I shouted for help, no one is available, everyone walked away.
A house divided within, will not stand long. It is true to the core. True with a family, a state and a nation.
The feeling of oneness seen during the freedom struggle is not seen today. There, the patriots fought  together for freedom. Now, we fight against each other in the name of religion, language and for all sort of momentary gratification. No prophet favours terrorism and there is no other land where this meaningless divisions are being practiced. It brings nothing but ruin and disaster; it builds nothing but tombs; multiplies orphans and widows and leaves behind a long trail of misery.
Let us think of the meaningful sacrifice of our forefathers - Their sacrifice that made several orphans and widows – leaders who dared to shrug of the albatross, who made the constitution, and who made the land free. 
We, especially the younger generation, should learn from the respected mentors and elders. The feeling of oneness, the feeling of religious harmony, the feeling of Indianness. Sure, by giving a helping hand to the fellow citizens, we will grow professionally, academically, morally and above all patriotically. Only the spirit of love, tolerance, mutual understanding and generosity of heart can make us united, and thus create our nation strong.
If we can educate the importance of this constitution to the youth of our country, the students from the prestigious schools on whom the future of India depends, the dignity of human life, we will succeed. If we could succeed as a nation, we could provide as a model to the whole world.
There are good Samaritans who set as good examples in government, in industry, in academics, in all walks of life who are leading lights in their own chosen field of activity. 
Ladies and gentlemen, the message I would like to convey is that let this be articulated by your activism, and be inculcated in every child, every youth, and if we try to practice we will have it achieved the great India we are aspiring for. A land of better men and women, India of the present millennium will stand supreme as a land of unity, peace, prosperity and above all humanitarian ideals.
Students from different Indian Schools in Kuwait also spoke on constitution. It ended with the refreshments served.
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Golden Jubilee Celebrations in Harayana

Golden Jubilee Celebrations in Harayana

Government of Haryana is celebrating its Golden Jubilee year from 1st November 2016. As a part of celebrations, Pravasi Haryana Divas is being organised on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 at Gurgaon,  just a day after the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Bengaluru from 7-9 January 2016. 

2.  The objective of the Pravasi Haryana Divas is to recognise the achievements of NRIs and to harness their energies in the future development of Haryana. This initiative will include Sectoral Sessions, technical presentations, cultural evening and one to one business meetings in partnership with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). 

3.  Members of the Indian community, specially those belonging to Haryana in Kuwait are encouraged to participate in the event on 11 January 2017 at Gurgaon.

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IHGF Delhi Fair Spring 2017, India from 16-20 February 2017

IHGF Delhi Fair Spring 2017, India from 16-20 February 2017

                The Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), an apex organization under Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, is organizing the 43rd edition of Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair “IHGF Delhi Fair” Spring  2017 from 16 – 20 February 2017 at India Exposition Mart Ltd., Greater Noida Expressway (National Capital Region of Delhi), India. IHGF is one of Asia’s largest handicrafts & gifts fair with over 2750 exhibitors displaying their products.

2.             The IHGF event is an ideal business platform for international buyers, agents, wholesalers, potential franchises and fashion designers to source from India’s finest offerings in handicrafts, gifts and lifestyle products. Some of the product categories that will be on display are; Home furnishings, house ware, tableware, kitchenware, hotel ware, bathroom accessories, furniture, furniture hardware and accessories, garden ornaments and accessories, handcrafted garments like Chikankari & Zardozi, carpets, rugs and flooring, handmade paper, fashion jewellery, bags and educational toys.

3.             More details about “IHGF Delhi Fair” Spring 2017 are available on EPCH’s website: www.epch.in.

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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017

14th Pravasi  Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention is being organized from 7-9 January, 2017 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC)  Karnataka.  Highlights of PBD 2017 are:

(i)   PBD 2017 will focus on the theme “Redefining the engagement with the Indian Diaspora”.

(ii)  To strengthen Diaspora engagement and provide a platform for networking with the Diaspora.

(iii)  To recognize the Diaspora’s contribution to India and know their expectations and concerns.

(iv)  To deepen engagement with young Diasporas, to help them know more about their roots.

2.       The PBD Convention features Plenary Sessions; an Exhibition; Cultural programmes and provides an opportunity to interact with other Overseas Indians, Policy makers, Political leadership and others. The highlight of the PBD convention is the inaugural address by the Prime Minister. Chief Ministers of several states also participate and address the delegates on opportunities available in their respective states. The last day of PBD features the valedictory address by the Hon’ble President of India, who will also confer the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards on Overseas Indian for their achievements and contribution both in India and abroad.

3.       The Youth PBD is a new feature which has been introduced recently. It is a special day long programme which provides a platform to connect with Young Overseas Indians and discuss subjects of relevance to them. The Young PBD delegates will also have the opportunity to interact with other Young PIOs and Young Indians of their own age group. The highlight of the Youth PBD is the inaugural address by the Minister of External Affairs and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, followed by a plenary session,  cultural programme and dinner.

4.       There will also be a PBD Exhibition from 7-9 January 2017 on following five themes:

(i)      Flagship programmes of Government of India (Digital India, Start-up India, Skill India, Swachh Bharat etc)

(ii)      Scheme and Programmes for NRIs & PIOs;

(iii)     Opportunities in States: Investment potential Business Opportunities Tourism etc.

(iv) Indian Handicraft & Culture Mela (sale & demo)

(v)      Corporate Sector, PSUs etc.

5.       All Non-resident IndiansPIOs/NRIs are strongly encouraged to participate and register online at pbdindia.gov.in  at the earliest. The deadline for registration is 7 December 2016. There is a special registration fees for young overseas Indians, groups registrations and GOPIO members. Registration fee includes transportation, Lunch, Dinner and cultural programmes.

6.       For further details please contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or log on to Facebook page: Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2017. 

IRON MAN OF INDIA

IRON MAN OF INDIA
 
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s 141st birth anniversary falls on 31st October 2016. To celebrate his 141st Birth Anniversary, Rastriya Ekta Diwas will be celebrated by the Embassy on Thursday, 3rd November 2016 from 4.30-5.30 pm. The objective is to recognize his contribution to the freedom struggle and to the founding of united and Independent India. As we all know that he was also known as the ‘IRON MAN OF INDIA”

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017

14th Pravasi  Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention is being organized from 7-9 January, 2017 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC)  Karnataka.  Highlights of PBD 2017 are:

(i)   PBD 2017 will focus on the theme “Redefining the engagement with the Indian Diaspora”.

(ii)  To strengthen Diaspora engagement and provide a platform for networking with the Diaspora.

(iii)  To recognize the Diaspora’s contribution to India and know their expectations and concerns.

(iv)  To deepen engagement with young Diasporas, to help them know more about their roots.

2.       The PBD Convention features Plenary Sessions; an Exhibition; Cultural programmes and provides an opportunity to interact with other Overseas Indians, Policy makers, Political leadership and others. The highlight of the PBD convention is the inaugural address by the Prime Minister. Chief Ministers of several states also participate and address the delegates on opportunities available in their respective states. The last day of PBD features the valedictory address by the Hon’ble President of India, who will also confer the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards on Overseas Indian for their achievements and contribution both in India and abroad.

3.       The Youth PBD is a new feature which has been introduced recently. It is a special day long programme which provides a platform to connect with Young Overseas Indians and discuss subjects of relevance to them. The Young PBD delegates will also have the opportunity to interact with other Young PIOs and Young Indians of their own age group. The highlight of the Youth PBD is the inaugural address by the Minister of External Affairs and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, followed by a plenary session,  cultural programme and dinner.

4.       There will also be a PBD Exhibition from 7-9 January 2017 on following five themes:

(i)      Flagship programmes of Government of India (Digital India, Start-up India, Skill India, Swachh Bharat etc)

(ii)      Scheme and Programmes for NRIs & PIOs;

(iii)     Opportunities in States: Investment potential Business Opportunities Tourism etc.

(iv) Indian Handicraft & Culture Mela (sale & demo)

(v)      Corporate Sector, PSUs etc.

5.       All Non-resident IndiansPIOs/NRIs are strongly encouraged to participate and register online at pbdindia.gov.in  at the earliest. The deadline for registration is 7 December 2016. There is a special registration fees for young overseas Indians, groups registrations and GOPIO members. Registration fee includes transportation, Lunch, Dinner and cultural programmes.

6.       For further details please contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or log on to Facebook page: Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2017. 

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Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)

Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)

Attention of all Indian associations/Indian schools in Kuwait is once again drawn to Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) which was introduced by Government of India in the academic year 2006-2007 with the objective to make higher education in India accessible to the children of overseas Indians and promote India as a centre for higher studies.

2.        Under the scheme, 100 PIO/NRI students were awarded scholarship of up to US$ 4,000 per annum for undergraduate courses in Engineering, Technology, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Commerce, Management, Journalism, Hotel Management, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and some other courses.

3.        The scheme is open to NRIs/PIOs from over 40 countries (including Kuwait) having substantial Indian Diaspora population.

4.        The Scheme was revamped and launched in July 2016.  Under the revamped Scheme, number of scholarships has been enhanced from 100 to 150 with introduction of 50 scholarships for children of Indian workers employed in the Emigration Check Required (ECR) countries.   The Scheme is now applicable to four categories of applicants:

(i)                           Persons of Indian Origin

(ii)                        Non-Resident Indians

(iii)                     Children of Indian workers working in ECR countries (including Kuwait).

(iv)                      Children of Indian workers in ECR countries – studying in India

5.        The institutions that are covered under this Scheme are:

(i)                           NITs, IIITs, Schools of Planning and Architecture

(ii)                        “A” Grade institutions accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and recognised by University Grants Commission (UGC).

(iii)                     Other institutions covered under Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) scheme.

6.        Income criteria will be applicable to all four categories.  Applicants will seek scholarships after they obtain admission in the approved list of educational institutions. 

7.        Applications are required to be submitted online at SPDC portal - http://spdcindia.gov.in/login/index.php.  Last date for submission of applications has been extended till 14th October, 2016.  Nodal officer for SPDC is Shri P. Bharadwaj, Deputy Secretary (OIA-II), Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, Tel: 00-91-11-24197952, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Celebration of Gandhi Jayanti in the Embassy

Celebration of Gandhi Jayanti in the Embassy

     Gandhi Jayanti was observed in the Embassy from 0900-1000 hours on 2 October 2016. After garlanding the statue of Gandhiji, Ambassador highlighted the importance of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, India’s ratification of Paris Accord on Climate change and the inauguration by PM of Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in New Delhi.

    Over 300-350 Indian nationals participated. The students from Sound of Music Academy, Delhi Public School, Indian Community School Khaitan Junior Branch, Indian Community School Amman Branch, Integrated Indian School-Abbasiya and Indian Community School Senior Branch- Salmiya presented soulful bhajans and patriotic songs on the occasion.  A Flute performance by Miss Tanya Mishra was a remarkable feature of the event.

Gandhi Jayanti

Gandhi Jayanti

Gandhi Jayanti

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e-Tourist Visa Facility

e-Tourist Visa Facility

e-Tourist Visa (eTV) facility is available to some nationalities through Government of India’s online website www.indianvisaonline.gov.in.   Regrettably, some fake visa websites such as (i) e-touristvisaindia.com; (ii) indianvisaonline.org.in; and (iii) e-visaindia.com, are cheating Indian visa seekers.   

2.     Since all travellers to India are required to upload important personal details while applying e-visa, one should remain vigilant and log on to the correct website only. No one should fall prey to any fake websites mentioned above.   Those desirous of using e-visa facility should log on to correct website, that is,www.indianvisaonline.gov.in

Embassy Auditorium - For Holding Their Socio-Cultural Activities

Embassy Auditorium - For Holding Their Socio-Cultural Activities

            Indian Embassy Auditorium is available to various Indian Associations in Kuwait for holding their socio-cultural activities, etc. Some guidelines for Auditorium use are:

  Use of Auditorium is available to Indian associations registered with Embassy for bonafide activities.

  The interested Indian association can approach Embassy for booking the Auditorium.  Contact persons for this purpose are Shri Yashwant Chatpalliwar, SS (HOC) (Mobile: 97229915) Mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and Shri K.S.S. Naidu (Mobile: 65668644)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  User fee is: KD 350/- for maximum 4 hour event (with food served) or KD 300/- for maximum 4 hour event (without food served).

  Two weeks advance intimation is required for booking Auditorium.  Once the booking is confirmed by Embassy, the concerned association shall deposit the requisite user fee in cash.

  In the event of cancellation of booking of Auditorium by an Indian Association, the amount deposited will not be refunded.  However, if the Embassy cancels the booking the user fee deposited will be refunded.

Phasing out of Hand-Written Passports

 
All Indian nationals in Kuwait holding hand written passports are advised once again to apply for urgent re-issuance of new passports,  in lieu of   handwritten passports, under the following circumstances:-
(a) The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) had set a deadline of 24 November 2015 for globally phasing out of all non-Machine Readable Passports.  From 25 November 2015 onwards, foreign Governments may deny Visa or entry to any person travelling on a non-Machine Readable Passport.
(b) The Government of India has been issuing Machine Readable Passports since 2001. The Passports, however, issued before 2001 and particularly those issued during mid 1990s with a validity of 20 years will fall in the category of non-MRPs. All handwritten passports with pasted photographs are also considered non-MRPs.
(c) Indians living in Kuwait holding handwritten passports as explained in Para (b) above, are advised to apply urgently for re-issue of their passports well before the deadline in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining valid visa for international travel.

(d) For more details related to passport services, visit the website – http://www.indembkwt.org/Pages/Passport.aspx - or call Shri. Tribhuvan Kumar, Assistant Consular Officer at Tel. No. 22530600, Extn-261 or Shri. K.K. Pahel, First Secretary (Consular) on Mob: 97229948.
 
 
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Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder

Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder

We have been receiving queries from Kuwaiti nationals married to Indian women or those having parents/grand parents as Indian nationals regarding eligibility for grant of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card. The position with regard to the grant of OCI by Government of India is as below:

2.       A foreign national, - (i) who was a citizen of India at the time of, or at any time after 26th January, 1950; or (ii) who was eligible to become a citizen of India on 26th January, 1950; or (iii) who belonged to a territory that became part of India after 15th August, 1947; or (iv) who is a child or a grandchild or a great grandchild of such a citizen; or (v) who is a minor child of such persons mentioned above; or (vi) who is a minor child and whose both parents are citizens of India or one of the parents is a citizen of India - is eligible for registration as OCI cardholder. Besides, spouse of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application is also eligible for registration as OCI cardholder.

3.       Therefore, the spouse (for example, Kuwaiti national) of foreign origin of a citizen of India or spouse (for example, Kuwaiti national) of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application is also eligible for registration as OCI cardholder

4.       Benefits of OCI card holders and the OCI registration process:

 

(a)    An OCI card holder has the following benefits:
(i) Multiple entry, multi-purpose lifelong visa to visit India;

(ii) Exemption from reporting to Police authorities for any length of stay in India; and

(iii) Parity with NRIs in financial, economic and educational fields except in the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.

(b)    How to register for grant of OCI card:

Please visit the URL : http://passport.gov.in/oci/for those seeking registration as OCI. For those seeking OCI card in lieu of PIO may visit URL: http://passport.gov.in/oci/capchaActionPIO. The chart showing fee application for grant of OCI, conversion of PIO to OCI and miscellaneous service is enclosed.

Note: Since the OCI card is received from India by post after verification/clearance by concerned authorities in India, it may take about 60 days for receipt of OCI card. (Since the application is made on-line, the applicant can also check the status on-line). For any query relating to OCI card, please contact Shri K.K. Pahel, First Secretary (Consular and Community Affairs) Tel. No. 22533315 & Mobile 97229948.

Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs, Visited Kuwait on 6-7 September, 2016.

Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs, Visited Kuwait on 6-7 September, 2016.

General (Dr.) V K Singh (Retd), Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India, visited Kuwait on 6-7 September, 2016. During the visit, he held a wide-ranging discussions with H.E. Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, First Deputy Prime Minister & Foreign Minister and H.E. Mr. Khaled Suleiman Al-Jarallah, Deputy Foreign Minister, on bilateral, regional and community issues. It has been agreed by both sides that the meetings for the bilateral institutional mechanisms viz. Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC), Foreign Office Consultations (FOCs) and various Joint Working Groups (JWGs) would be held regularly to further strengthen cooperation in various areas. Hon’ble Minister also met H.E. Ms. Hind Al-Sabeeh, Minister of Social Affairs and Labour (also Minister of State for Development and Planning Affairs) to discuss issues concerning Indian workers, both in domestic as well as private sectors, including the repatriation of about 29,000 Indians who do not have valid visas and non-payment of salaries to Indian workers in Kharafi National. During meeting with H.E. Sheikh Faisal Al-Homoud Al-Malek Al-Sabah, Governor of Farwaniya, he discussed issues concerning Indian community residing in Abbasiya.  He also visited a labour camp of Larsen & Toubro executing a GC-30 project of Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) and interacted with about 350 workers.

 

 

2.       A reception was held by Ambassador in the honour of visiting Minister on 6 September, where about 60 prominent Indians from various walks of life in Kuwait interacted. Hon’ble Minister unveiled the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Embassy premises on the morning of 7 September, the first statue in the Gulf region, to promote Gandhi’s message of peace, communal harmony, non-violence and cleanliness. He held media and community interactions in the Embassy with about 350 members of Indian community who shared the issues concerning them. He also went to see prominent Indian Businessman in Kuwait Mr. Mathunny Mathews (popularly known as Toyota Mathews) at his residence and wished him speedy recovery (Mr. Mathews played an active role in the evacuation of Indians during1990-91). During his visit to Kuwait, Hon’ble Minister visited various places of historical and cultural importance viz. Kuwait Towers, Grand mosque, Fatima Zahra Mosque and Al Hashemi-II, the largest dhow ever built.

3.       All issues concerning Indian community were addressed during the visit particularly recruitment of Nurses, Indian Community School, Parental visas to Indian nationals born before 1950, land for Hindu Temple, cremation facilities, status of Indian prisoners, commutation of death sentence of 17 Indian nationals and surge  pricing by Air India.

Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention-2017

Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention-2017

            The 14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention will be held from 7-9 January 2017 in Bengaluru, Karnataka. All those interested to attend the Convention may please log on to ( pbdindia.gov.in ) for registration. The programme for this mega event is available on the portal. Please register online and pay required registration fees through the payment gateway on this portal.

2.        All Indian nationals and OCIs in Kuwait interested to participate in the PBD-2017, are cordially invited to register themselves for the event at the earliest. The last date for registration is 7th December 2016. 

GUIDELINES FOR INTERNSHIP AT THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS AND ITS MISSIONS/POSTS ABROAD

GUIDELINES FOR INTERNSHIP AT THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS AND ITS MISSIONS/POSTS ABROAD

 

            The internship programme provides an excellent opportunity for budding scholars to familiarize themselves with the process of formulation of foreign policy and its implementation by the Government of India.

 

Nature of Engagement

Interns shall report to and work under close supervision of the concerned Head of Division (HOD) or Head of Mission (HOM)/Head of Post (HOP).  They may be required to conduct research, write reports, analyze evolving developments, or carry out any other task entrusted to them by the HOD/HOM/HOP.

 

Eligibility Criteria for Applying

Internship programme for MEA Headquarters is open to Indian citizens only.  OCI card holders will also be considered.  Interested Indian citizens, OCI card holders and foreign nationals may apply for internship in Indian Missions and Posts abroad.  An intern may be required to work on-site (within Ministry's premises) or off-site.  Off-site internship is not available in Missions/Posts.  Candidates for on-site internship should possess a Graduate degree or equivalent before the commencement of internship.  Students who are enrolled in a five-year course and have completed three years of the course before commencement of internship may also apply.  However, for off-site internships, those enrolled in an Undergraduate course in any stream are also eligible to apply.  Preference will be given to applicants having an excellent academic track record and to research scholars.

 

Duration of Internship

Internship can start at any time of the year and shall be for a period of one to six months.  Extension, in exceptional cases, may be granted to a case-to-case basis for intern at MEA Headquarters only.

 

Support to be Provided

The Ministry shall have the discretion to engage interns on-site or off-site.  Thus, an intern may be required to work from within the Ministry's premises or from outside.  Necessary logistical support will be provided to on-site interns taking into account the functional requirements.  No financial remuneration shall be paid to the interns. Internship programme shall neither be an employment nor the assurance of any employment with the Ministry.

 

Internship programme and feedback

The internship programme includes attachment with one of the Divisions in the Ministry.  In addition, the internship programme at MEA Headquarters shall include: (i) A briefing session with Administration Division on the structure and functioning of the Ministry; (ii) Visit to Foreign Service Institute; (iii) Session with External Publicity Division; (iv) Session with Investment and Technology Promotion; (v) Session with Consular, Visa and Passport Division; (vi) Session with Central Passport Organization; (vii) Session with Protocol Division; (viii) Visit to ICCR; (ix) Visit to MEA Library; etc.

In Missions/Posts, the intern shall have orientation session on the organization and functioning of the Ministry of External Affairs and working of the various Wings of Indian Missions/Posts.

The interns may submit a report on completion of their internship to the Head of Division/Mission/Post who would issue a certificate to the interns.  The intern may also submit his/her views and feedback on the internship programme to the concerned Head of Division/Mission/Post.  All certificates will be issued by Administration Division based on the recommendation of the Head of Division.

 

Mode of Application

At MEA Headquarters, the applications may be sent to office of Joint Secretary (Administration) by registered/speed post, at the following address:

          Joint Secretary(Administration)

          Ministry of External Affairs

          Room No.149 A, South Block

          New Delhli - 110011.

An advance copy of the application with attachments may be sent by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. <mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. <mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>.  Query, if any, may be addressed to Under Secretary (FSP) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. <mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> with a copy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. <mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>.  Applications duly filled in and complete in all respect with required documents should reach at least one month before the commencement of the internship.

For internship in Indian Missions/Posts, applicants may send their applications to the HOC (as the case may be)by post, at the following address:

 

            Embassy/High Commission of India, -------- (Mission/Post may upload appropriate details)

 

 

 

Check List

The application for internship at Headquarters must include the following:     

1.   Duly filled in Application Form. 

2.   Copy of at least three documentary proofs of identity which should include copy of passport and Aadhar card in case of Indian nationals and passport, OCI card and National Identity Card in case of OCI card holders.

3.   Curriculum Vitae.

4.   Introduction letter from the Head of Institution on the official stationery where the applicant studied/studying.

5.   No objection certificate from University/Institution in case the internship is to be pursued in parallel with an ongoing course.

6.   Self-attested certificates and transcripts for all the accomplishments mentioned in Paras 8, 9 and 13 of Application Form (educational qualifications, current courses being pursued and projects).

 

The application for internship at Indian Missions/Posts must include the following:

 

1.   Duly filled in Application Form. 

2.   Copy of at least three documentary proofs of identity which should include copy of passport and proof of residence.

3.   Curriculum Vitae.

4.   Introduction letter from the Head of Institution on the official stationery where the applicant studied/studying.

5.   No objection certificate from University/Institution in case the internship is to be pursued in parallel with an ongoing course.

6.   Self-attested certificates and transcripts for all the accomplishments mentioned in Paras 8, 9 and 13 of Application Form (educational qualifications, current courses being pursued and projects undertaken).

 

Selection Procedure

All applications will be scrutinized in the Ministry by a Selection Committee and intimation will be sent to selected candidates. The Selection Committee may conduct a personal interaction with the applicant and also verify original documents.  The decision of the Selection Committee shall be final and binding and no queries shall be entertained after the completion of the selection process.  Applicants are advised to apply at least one month before the intended date of start of the internship.

 

Number of interns in the Ministry

Not more than thirty on-site interns will be engaged by the Ministry at a given point in time.  Up to two interns may be engaged by Missions/Posts abroad.

 

 

Termination of internship

The Ministry/Mission/Post may terminate engagement of intern at any point without giving any reason, as Ministry deems fit.  Ministry's decision shall be final in this regard.  Intern can choose to leave the programme, if she/he so desires, giving prior notice of one week to the Ministry.

 

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PROFORMA FOR APPLICATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Name :

 

 2. Nationality :

 

 3. Whether any family member holds Foreign nationality. If yes, details thereof :

 

 4. Address for correspondence :

 

 5. Contact No. :

 

 6. E-mail address :

 

 7. Date of Birth :

 

 8. Educational Qualification (Starting from Matriculation onwards) :

 

Sl. No Name of Board/University/ Institute Degree/ Examination Passed Period % or CGPA Subjects                                     

9. Course presently pursuing, the University/Institute and its duration :

 

   10. Period during which internship is required (Maximum 6 months):

 

    11. Names of two References from the present Institute or the Institute(s) last attended :

 

   12. Extracurricular activities/interests:     13. Projects undertaken, if any:     14. Why do you want to join this internship (in brief not exceeding 100 words) :

 

 

 

  

 

I certify that the above information furnished by me is true to the best of my knowledge and belief.

 

Place:   (Signature)  Date:  (Name)

 

 

 

 

Authentication of particulars furnished above by the Institute/University

 

 

This is to certify that the information furnished by Mr./Ms. …………………………..in the application form above is correct to the best of my knowledge.

 

Recommendations

 

 

(Signature and seal of authorised official)

 

 

List of Documents to be submitted along with internship application

 

 For Internship at MEA Headquarters: The application for internship at Headquarters must include the following:        

1.   Duly filled in Application Form. 

2.   Copy of at least three documentary proofs of identity which should include copy of passport and Aadhar card. In case of OCI card holder the documents should include passport, OCI card and National Identity card.

3.   Curriculum Vitae.

4.   Introduction letter from the Head of Institution where the applicant studied.

5.   No objection certificate from University/Institution in case the internship is to be pursued in parallel with an ongoing course.

6.   Self-attested certificates and transcripts for all the accomplishments mentioned in Paras 8, 9 and 13 of Application Form (educational qualifications, current courses being pursued and projects).

 

 

For Internship at Indian Missions/Posts: The application for internship at Indian Missions/Posts must include the following:

1.   Duly filled in Application Form. 

2.   Copy of at least three documentary proofs of identity which should include copy of passport and proof of residence.

3.   Curriculum Vitae.

4.   Introduction letter from the Head of Institution where the applicant studied.

5.   No objection certificate from University/Institution in case the internship is to be pursued in parallel with an ongoing course.

6.   Self-attested certificates and transcripts for all the accomplishments mentioned in Paras 8, 9 and 13 of Application Form (educational qualifications, current courses being pursued and projects undertaken).

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Tagore International Award for Cultural Harmony

Tagore International Award for Cultural Harmony

Recognizing the monumental contributions made by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore to humanity at large and as part of the commemoration of his 150th Birth Anniversary, the Government of India has instituted the annual “Tagore International Award for Cultural Harmony” since 2012 for promoting values of Cultural Harmony. It is given annually and carries an amount equivalent to Indian Rs. one crore (convertible to foreign currency), a citation in a scroll, a plaque as well as an exquisite traditional handicraft/handloom item. The Awardee(s) for every year is/are selected by an eminent Jury under the Chairmanship of the Hon’ble Prime Minister. The First award was conferred on Pandit Ravi Shankar and the second one on Shri Zubin Mehta.

2.         This annual award is given to individuals, associations, institutions or organizations for their outstanding contribution towards promoting values of Cultural Harmony. The Award is open to all persons regardless of nationality, race, language, caste, creed or gender. Normally, contributions made during 10 years immediately preceding the nomination are considered. Older contributions may also be considered if their significance has become apparent only recently. A written work, in order to be eligible for consideration, should have been published during the last ten years.

3.         The nominations are to be made in accordance with the provisions of the Code of Procedure, a copy of which is enclosed seperately. The Code is also available on the Ministry of Culture, Government of India’s web-site: www.indiaculture.nic.in. All queries may please be sent by e-mail to Ms. Bandana Sharma, Director, Ministry of Culture, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Telefax No. 0091-11-23383185.

Unutilised Claims in LIC, Kuwait

Unutilised claims in LIC, Kuwait

 

The Embassy informs that as per the records of Branch Office in Kuwait of LIC-International (Life Insurance Corporation) there are a number of claims lying unpaid at their end due to non-receipt of required documents from the customers. The LIC International has been sending discharge vouchers 3 months in advance to the clients where claims are payable. But due to incomplete address and wrong contact numbers, LIC International is not able to do so.

 

2.         It may be informed that the details and address of the concerned family of the deceased is given in the attachment are shared with all Indian Associations. Some of the clients may have left Kuwait or shifted to a new country. They may be aware/unaware of their policy details. LIC International assures that all help in settling the claim will be extended from their end for the client. Moreover, if some clients have lost their original policy document then they will provide necessary assistance to get the claim amount on the basis of Indemnity forms.

 

3.         All family members and relatives as per the list of claimants (attached) may please contact Mr. Devesh Kumar, Resident Manager, LIC International-Kuwait Branch. Mobile- 99315881 & 66894179. Telephone number-00965-22914255 and FAX-00965-22428775. Mail ld- (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Indian Embassy Releases Few Short Films On The Celebrations of Independence Day

Indian Embassy Releases Few Short Films On The Celebrations of Independence Day
 
Embassy of India
Diplomatic Enclave, Arabian Gulf Street, 
P.O. Box No. 1450, Safat 13015, 
Kuwait
Tel: 0965-22543000/ Fax: 00965-22546958
 
Indian Embassy releases  Few short films On the celebrations of Independence day 

> i). THE SPIRIT OF INDIA 
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https://drive.google.com/a/mea india.in/file/d/0BwQXyLTnGaP7N zVGRWZ0U1c4RHc/view 
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> ii). INDIA: THE SPIRIT OF FREEDOM 
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https://drive.google.com/a/mea india.in/file/d/0BwQXyLTnGaP7Z 1ZBTV9ZVFhKanM/view 
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> iii). MAPPING NEW FRONTIERS - Two Years of Path-breaking 
> Diplomacy 

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https://drive.google.com/open? id=0B59xUeRJCt0yZVB6VnVxYmFtZX M 
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> iv). 2nd INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA CELEBRATIONS 
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https://drive.google.com/open? id=0BwQXyLTnGaP7cHBZYXpVeU9nMF U 
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Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) Scheme

Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) Scheme

The Government of India has a Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) Scheme which was previously applicable to NRIs & PIOs of 40 countries for undergraduate studies. Recently, this scheme has been revamped as highlighted below:-

(i)            SPDC is now applicable to 66 countries including Kuwait.

(ii)          The scheme is now applicable to four categories of applicants, ie:,- Persons of Indian Origin; Non-Resident Indian; Children of Indian workers working in ECR countries; and Children of Indian workers in ECR countries & studying in India.

(iii)         The number of scholarships has been increased from 100 to 150, out of which 50 seats are reserved for the Children of Indian workers in the two categories enumerated above in (ii).

(iv)         The institutions that are covered under this scheme are NITs, IITs, Schools of Planning and Architecture, “A” Grade institutions accredited by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) & recognized by UGC and other institutions covered under the DASA (Direct Admission of Students Abroad) scheme.

(v)          Income-criteria is applicable to all the four categories in (ii) above.

(vi)         Applicants will get scholarships after they obtain permission in the approved list of educational institutions.

2.               All interested candidates for any queries, can communicate directly with Mr. P. Bharadwaj, Deputy Secretary (OIA-II), Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, Telephone no. =91-11-24197952, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Grant of Business visas to visit India (5-year & one year)

Grant of 5-year and 1-year multi-entry Business Visa  to visit India

Frequent visitors from Kuwait to India are strongly advised to avail 5-year or 1-year, multiple entry Business visa facilities to India.

2.  Visas granted by Embassy have been increasing due to streamlining of visa procedures, with immediate grant of 5-year and 1-year business visas (multiple entry) and 6- month tourist visas (multiple entry) to Kuwaiti nationals (as well as foreign nationals resident in Kuwait). All visas are granted within 72 hours. Visa fee structure is as below:     

 

Visa fees for Kuwaiti nationals

Sl. No.

 Visa Type

Validity Period

Number of entries

Visa Fee

(in KD)

01

Tourist

6- month

Multiple

13

02.

Business

1-year

Multiple

38

03.

Business

5-year

Multiple

63

04.

Transit

15-days

Single/double

7

05.

Student

1-year

Triple

24

06.

Medical Visa

1-year

Multiple

38

07.

Medical Visa

6-months

Multiple

25

08.

Employment

1-year

Multiple

38

 

[Exclusive of service charge of KD 3.250 by CKGS and KD 1 towards ICWF by Embassy]

3.      As the visa work of Embassy has been outsourced to M/s CKGS, Kuwait since August 2014, applicants are advised to visit Passport and Visa Centres of CKGS at (a) Indian Visa and Passport Application Centre, 17 Floor, Behbahani Building, Sharq, Kuwait : Tel. No. 22440392 (e- mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )or ; (b) Indian Visa and Passport Application Centre, Complex Kais Alghanim, 4 Floor, Mecca Street, in front of Annod Complex, Fahaheel, Kuwait: Tel. No. 22909229 (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). (c) Jleeb Al Showaikh (Abbasiya) 2nd Floor,Jleeb Al Shuyoukh Block 1,Street 1, Xcite building, Kuwait Tel. No. 24342428) ( e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The website of CKGS, Kuwait is http://www.kw.ckgs.in/

4.      The Indian Passport & Visa Service Provider, M/s Cox & Kings Services (CKGS), Kuwait has been providing visa services to Kuwaiti nationals and expatriates through their three centers – Sharq (City), Fahaheel and Abbasiya (Jleeb Al-Showaikh) as well as passport services to Indian community. The above centre functions from 8 AM – 12 noon and, thereafter, from 4 PM - 8PM on all working days.  However, on closed holidays on Fridays and Saturday, the working hours are from 4 PM-8PM only. Attestation services are provided at Embassy premises only.

5.      In emergency cases, Embassy will accept visa applications at its Visa Wing from applicants seeking urgent service. Embassy’s Visa Officer may be contacted at Tel. No. 22550600 Extn. 279 and for passport related queries applicants may call First Secretary (Consular) at Mobile No. 97229948. 

 
 
  
 
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