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“KGP” Helps Goan Diaspora Youth to know their roots :chief minister

December 8, 2009
Chief Minister Shri Digambar Kamat has said that the “Know Goa programme” helps the diaspora youth to know their roots and their links to this state. This programme he said is intended to provide the participants a unique opportunity to share their views, experiences and expectations.

He was speaking during the concluding session of the 2nd Know Goa Programme organsied by the department of NRI Affairs, Government of Goa is association with the Ministry of Overseas India Affaris, Governmetn of India at Secretariat today.

The Chief Minsiter Shri kamat, later had an interactive session with them.

Commissioner for NRI Affairs, Shri Eduardo Faleiro said that Government has formulated the Goa scholarship Programme for Diaspora children. The Scholarship will be available every year to 4 students of Goan origin, two each from the NRI(Indian citizens) and PIO (Foreign citizens of Indian Origin) categories. Incase of non availability of suitable candidates in each category the unfilled slots will be offered to students of the other category. Under this programme he said that the scholarship amount will cover tuition fee, admission fee and post admission services. In addition, there are several National Scholarships available for Diaspora children and mentioned on our website He said we are proud of the achievements of people of Goan origin across the world.

Under the Know Goa Programme 12 Goan Diaspora Youths, students and young professionals in the age group of 18-28 years, who have distinguished themselves in various fields and have abiding interest in India in general and Goa in particular are sponsored every year in November –December on a 15-day visit to Goa and Delhi.

During their stay in Goa, the participants interacted with the elected representatives of Panchayats and Zilla Parishad, met Governor of Goa, the Chief Mnister, the Speaker, Ministers and other political leaders. They witnessed village life and visited the Big foot and Goa Chitra who provide an insight, with sensitivity and art, into Goa of ages gone by. They visited churches, the Safa Masjid and the Manguesh Temple. The purpose was not merely to look at the monuments but primarily to understand different religions and their common message-love, brotherhood and compassion. The participants will leave for Delhi on Wednesday.

The first Know Goa programme was held from 30th November to 14th December 2008. The participants are Ms. Vanessa Mary Lobo, Ms. Michelle Dias, Mr. Swithin Lisie D’Souza, Mr. Ryan Simon De Souza,Ms. Sandrina Nichole Rodrigues, Ms. Alice Thresa D’Souza, Mr. Mathew Wallis Siaman (All Canada), Mr. carol John Mendes, Ms. Ana Luzia Baltazar, Ms. Gilda Maria Cardozo, Mr. Celso Emanuel Gabrial de Almeida, Mr Luis Fernandes Morals (All Mozambica).

Chairman EDC and MLA, Shri Agenel Fernandes, Secretary NRI Affairs, Shri Udipta Rau and Chairman of Overseas Employment Agency of Goa, Vice Admiral John D’Silva and others were present at the concluding session.

Director NRI Affirs Shri U. D. Kamat earlier welcomed and later proposed a vote of thanks.