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Overseas Indian Youth Club (OIYC)

Overseas Indian Youth Club (OIYC) is an initiative of the Ministry to engage the diaspora youth in the age group of 18 – 30 years in countries having substantial diaspora population. The OIYC is providing an institutional mechanism in the Indian Missions/Posts abroad to engage young overseas Indians, students and professionals, including facilitation of their work in social sectors at the district level in India. The core membership of OIYC comprises the overseas youth who have availed of the facility to visit India under the Know India Programme (KIP). The endeavour is also to include participants of other Programmes of the Ministry such as Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC), Study India Programme (SIP), etc. Through this core group the Indian Missions/Posts will reach out to other diaspora youth. The Scheme has been initially started in those countries from where there has been a good participation in the Know India Programmes till date.

The OIYC has been launched in Durban, South Africa, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Melbourne, Australia and Singapore. Other 19 Missions with high Indian diasporic population had been identified for the formation of OIYC.