Know India Program (KIP): MOIA, New Delhi selects Goa Chitra for showcasing culture

The Government of India, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA), is organizing their 20th edition of Know India Program (KIP) from April 25 to May 15, 2012, in which a group of 40 Indian Diaspora Youth aged 18-26 years would be participating and travelling across the country.
These youngsters — from countries as diverse as Australia, South Africa, Israel, Canada and Zimbabwe, among others — have distinguished themselves in different fields, and have been selected by the Indian Missions in respective countries. This initiative allows these Diaspora youth to be exposed to the transformations that are taking place in India and be briefed about the country’s progress as an emerging powerhouse in the global economic system.
As part of the program these youth will also be exposed to the grassroots’ governance and cultural heritage which is a significant part of their ancestry. The Government of India, (MOIA), has thus selected Goa Chitra, the ethnographic Museum situated in Benaulim as the ideal place for the Diaspora youth to know the rich Goan indigenous culture and heritage.
The youth shall be taken on a personal tour of the Goa Chitra Museum by the curator of the museum Mr. Victor Hugo Gomes. At the end of this tour the youth shall interact with some of Goa’s top notch intellects who shall share their insights on the emerging trends in the current fields of arts, culture and heritage with a panel discussion titled EMERGING TRENDS: A forum on the emerging trends of contemporary India.

The program will be held on the 9th May 2012 between 3.30 to 5.30 pm at Goa Chitra Amphi-theater.

The speakers at the function shall include famous journalist and writer Aniruddha Sen Gupta who will speak on ‘The Written Word: Booked Solid’, essentially looking at how writing and publishing has begun to flourish in India, IITian and entrepreneur, Desmond Nazareth will speak on ‘From High Tech to High Spirits, following the High Road’, a short talk about his journey as a small Indian challenger taking on a global industry and director of Green Essentials an Organic Store, Karan Manral will speak on “Organic Farming”, a talk on the future of Agriculture in India.

Mr. Avertano Furtado, Hon. Minister for Fisheries and Labour, Mr. Nilesh Cabral, Chairman GTDC and Mr. Benjamin Silva, Chairman KVIB have kindly consented to grace the occasion’.

This is the first time that MOIA is organizing a visit of Indian Diaspora Youth to Goa under KIP. In the past, Goa Chitra has been host to visiting younger Goans from various countries under ‘Know Goa Program’.

The Panel:
Desmond Nazareth has multiple interests and a variety of formal training, with degrees in pure sciences & engineering (IIT Madras, India); multimedia & computer sciences (USA). He has lived and worked in India (37+ years) and the USA (18 years). he has traveled to many parts of the world on work and pleasure. He maintains a global outlook that is “inclusive”, taking into account the underprivileged and the environment.

Aniruddha Sen Gupta: After 20 years of working in the fields of journalism, communications and graphic design, Aniruddha Sen Gupta has returned to his first love — writing — since he moved to Goa in 2006. So far, he has authored a couple of books in a children’s adventure series, a graphic guidebook on environmental matters, and a sprinkling of short stories in various anthologies. He is currently working on a chronicle of his travels by road around India with his wife Anjali and their dogs — six of them as of now. Interspersed with all this, he enjoys setting, conducting and participating in quizzes and is a founder-member of Goa’s Sunday Evening Quiz Club.

Karan Manral: Is a technology marketing consultant, who is now in the third year of a five year plan to move into organic farming in Goa. Along with his wife Yogita Mehra he runs a Garden-cum-Eco store near the capital city of Panjim (in Taleigao) and has just completed the first phase of an experiment in commercial growing of organic vegetables. Karan has also been the Editor of CHIP and Digit which are India’s leading computing and technology magazines. He continues to write on topics related to technology even today.

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