The Programme is an initiative of SSIFS, pursuant to request of some Foreign Heads of Mission (HoMs) based in New Delhi that they would like to attend training at SSIFS with a view to understanding the background, evolution and more importantly the current status of India’s foreign policy positions, including relations with key countries. The objective is to brief the HoMs on India’s major foreign policy planks and the rationale governing them.
The Programme includes modules on India’s foreign policy, trade policy, development partnership and key international issues. The Resident HoMs also get an exposure to India’s economic and technological advancements.
The week-long programme has 10 sessions over 05 days in the afternoons.
The 1st Familiarisation Programme for Resident HoMs was conducted at SSIFS on 20-24 August 2018. HoMs from Latin and Caribbean countries participated in the 1st Programme.
The 2nd Familiarisation Programme for Resident HoMs was held on 18-22 February 2019. Resident HoMs from East, South and West Africa participated.
The 3rd Familiarisation Programme for Resident HoMs was conducted from 19 to 23 August 2019. Resident HoMs of Arab, Caucasian, Central Asian and North African countries participated.
The 4th Familiarization Programme for Resident HoMs was conducted from 23 -27 August 2021. Resident HoMs of all regions participated.