Auckland, June 15, 2018
The Indian government has announced this year’s edition of ‘Bharat Ko Janiye’ (Know India) quiz contest with a chance to win an expenses-paid visit to India and win exciting prizes.
Organised by the External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi, the Programme, launched in the 2015-2016 financial year is the second in the series, aimed at enhancing the knowledge of India among the Indian Diaspora.
The quiz contest is open to Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), who are Indian nationals holding Indian passports but living outside India and Overseas Citizens of India (OCI), who are either former citizens of India or those who were earlier holding Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards.
PIO are those who were born outside India but have ancestral link with India.
The PIO card was merged with OCI two years ago. As such, participants should have OCI cards since PIO cards are no longer valid.
Participants in the ‘Bharat Ko Janiye’ Quiz should be in the 15-35 age group.
Contest Rounds and Topics
The Contest will be conducted in four rounds, the first two of which will be online and the third and fourth rounds will be held in India.
The quiz will be set on a number of topics, including Indian Art, Indian Democracy, Economy, Geography, Personalities in Music and Dance, Science & Technology, Languages & Literature, Education, Tradition of Indian Crafts, Indian Cinema, and Renowned Personalities.
An External Affairs Website stated that ten top candidates from each category of NRI and PIO from the second round will be invited for a 15-day ‘Bharat Ko Janiye Yatra’ (Known India Tour) and to participate in the third round.
“The Government of India will bear international airfare and all expenses including boarding and lodging. Participants will visit Delhi, Agra and one State for familiarisation.
The top three winners of the final round of the quiz from each category of NRI & PIO will receive Gold (30 gram 22 carat), Silver (50 gms) and Bronze Medals (50 gms) and a Certificate at the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention.
There are several conditions and requirements to participate in the quiz contest.
All details of this year’s contest have not yet been uploaded but will be available soon.
It is also mandatory for participants to register online: https://bharatkojaniye.in/
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Minister of State for External Affairs Retired General Vijay Kumar Singh, other officials and winners of the ‘Bharat Ko Janiye’ 2015-2016 at the Awards Ceremony held in New Delhi
- Participants and guests at the final round of ‘Bharat Ko Janiye’ held in New Delhi in 2016.
(Pictures from External Affairs Ministry ‘Bharat Ko’ Janiye website)