2011-11-25 23:59:22 UTC
Goanet News Service
GOA: The fourth Know Goa Programme will be held this year from November 27 -
December 6 in Goa and from December 7 -11 in Delhi. Eleven expats of Goan
origin will take part, the NRI Affairs Commissioner Eduardo Faleiro
The Know Goa Programme is a two-week orientation programme for Goan
Diaspora youth who are not Indian nationals. It is conducted with a view to
"promote awareness of different facets of life in Goa and in India and the
progress made since Independence." The programme is conducted in partnership
with the Government of India. The participants are selected on the basis of
recommendations received from Indian Embassies and High Commissions abroad.
Participants are from the U.K (2), U.S.A (1),
Canada (3), Tanzania (1), Kenya (1), Australia (2)
and New Zealand (1). During their stay in Goa,
they will visit the Goa University, the National
Institute of Oceanography, the Goa Science Centre,
BITS Pilani Goa Campus, the Verna Industrial Estate
and other educational, cultural and industrial
They will call on the Chief Minister, the Speaker of the Goa Legislative
Assembly and other dignitaries. Participants will interact with the
chairman and members of the South Goa Zilla Parishad, with the Sarpanch and
members of a Village Panchayat and witness village handicrafts, indigenous
games, and dances. During their stay in Delhi, the participants will call
on the Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, attend a comprehensive session
on yoga and Indian culture at the Aurobindo Ashram and visit cultural
institutions and historical monuments in Delhi and Agra.
STUDY INDIA PROGRAMME
The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has meanwhile also initiated the
Study India Programme to enable overseas Indian youth, foreign citizens of
Indian origin in the age group of 18-26 years, to undergo short term courses
of familiarisation with the art and culture, heritage, history, economy and
development of India.
The NRI Commissioner announced here that the four-week course will be
implemented in partnership with select Indian universities and institutions
It will include:
* 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 be immersed in the
Indian experience with exposure to Indian mythology, history, arts,
handicrafts, dance, music, cuisine, languages and age-old traditions;
* Visits to different institutions, industries of importance and rural areas
to allow the participants to gain first hand exposure to India. The
participants will be provided with full hospitality in India during the
duration of the programme. Fifty percent of the cost of the air ticket in
economy class (direct flight) is refundable to the participants on
successful completion of the programme by them.
"Interested candidates of Goan origin may contact our Office so that we
recommend their names for participation in the Study India Programme to be
held next year," said Mr Faleiro.
Raising another issue of relevance to expats travelling to Goa, he said that
on September 6 last, an Air India aircraft on the sector Kuwait-Goa burst
two tires whilst landing at the Dabolim Airport.
"Fortunately there were no casualties. Goans in
Kuwait represented to me about this incident and
also complained that Air India flies old aircraft
in very bad condition on the Goa Kuwait sector and
that there is absolutely no comfort whilst
travelling in these aircraft. I wrote to the Civil
Aviation Minister Vyalar Ravi and he replied that
he was examining the possibility of change of
aircraft in this sector. Air India informs me now
that new aircraft will be provided on this sector
from April next," said Faleiro.
PORTRAIT FOR PARLIAMENT
He said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agreed to display in the national
Parliament House a portrait of Goan anti-colonial fighter Dr Tristao
Braganca Cunha, and the same is to be installed in both Houses of Parliament
on December 19. "Our Chief Minister has fully supported this initiative and
the portrait of Dr. T.B. d?Cunha will be presented by the Government of
Goa to Parliament," Faleiro added.
"It would be in the fitness of things if, similarly, the Goa Legislative
Assembly holds a Special Session on the Golden Jubilee of Goa Liberation and
displays the portrait of Dr. Tristao Braganza Cunha in its premises. The
Department of NRI Affairs will certainly put up a portrait of Dr. Cunha at
its office at the Secretariat in the course of this year," he added.
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