Sunday, 8 January 2017

14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Bangaluru

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on 9th January every year to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community in the development of India. January 9 was chosen as the day to celebrate this occasion since it was on this day in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest Pravasi, returned to India from South Africa, led India’s freedom struggle and changed the lives of Indians forever.


Mr. Antonio Costa - PM of Portugal.
Mr.Ashwin Adhin - Vice Prez of Republic of Surinam

PBD conventions are being held every year since 2003. These conventions provide a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with the government and people of the land of their ancestors for mutually beneficial activities. These conventions are also very useful in networking among the overseas Indian community residing in various parts of the world and enable them to share their experiences in various fields.
During the event, individuals of exceptional merit are honoured with the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award to appreciate their role in India’s growth. The event also provides a forum for discussing key issues concerning the Indian Diaspora.

Fourteen PBDs

To connect India to its vast overseas diaspora and bring their knowledge, expertise and skills on a common platform, the PBD Convention - the flagship event of MOIA is organized from 7th-9th January every year since 2003.

Fourteen PBDs have been held earlier in various places of India so far as follows:

20039-11 January, 2003New Delhi
20049-11 January, 2004New Delhi
20057-9 January, 2005Mumbai
20067-9 January, 2006Hyderabad
20077-9 January, 2007New Delhi
20087-9 January, 2008New Delhi
20097-9 January, 2009Chennai
20107-9 January, 2010New Delhi
20117-9 January, 2011New Delhi
20127-9 January, 2012Jaipur
20137-9 January, 2013Kochi
20147-9 January, 2014New Delhi
20157-9 January, 2015Gandhinagar
20167-9 January, 2016New Delhi

The 13th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention was held at Gandhinagar, Gujarat from 7th– 9th January, 2015. The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports was the Partner Ministry for the PBD 2015. The theme of this year's PBD was "Apna Bharat Apna Gaurav”: Connecting Across Generations'. The Prime Minister inaugurated the annual flagship event of the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs on 8th January and the Hon'ble Vice President delivered the Valedictory Address and conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards on 9th January to 15 distinguished overseas Indians for their notable contributions in different field.
H.E Mr. Donald Rabindranauth Ramotar, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, was the Chief Guest of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas held at Gujarat in January, 2015.
PBD 2015 had special sessions on youth on 7th January called the "Youth PBD". Further, there were various sessions on India's Growth & Development, India's Soft Power, Issues of NRIs in the Gulf, Media and Entertainment Industry, Meeting of Diaspora Organisations, the PBD Oration, and sessions on Investment Opportunities in States, Innovation and Technology, Healthcare Opportunities in India etc. on the 2nd and 3rd days of PBD. Enthusiastic participation of nearly 5000 delegates from different heterogeneous and diverse overseas Indian community spread across the globe and India had made PBD Convention 2015 a hugely successful one.

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD)- 2013

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) convention is the flagship event of the Ministry organized every year since January 2003, with a view to connect India to its vast Indian diaspora and bringing their knowledge, expertise and skills on a common platform.
The 11th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention was held in Kochi from 7th to 9th January, 2013. The Convention was organized in partnership with the Government of Kerala. The theme of this PBD was "Engaging Diaspora – The Indian Growth Story. It was inaugurated by the Hon'ble Prime Minister on 8th January, 2013 and the valedictory address was delivered by the Hon'ble President on 9th January, 2013. The President also conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award on 15 distinguished NRIs, PIOs or organizations or Institutions established and run by NRIs or PIOs, who have excelled in their respective fields and have helped enhance India's prestige in their countries of residence. Mr. Rajkeswur Purryag, H.E. President of the Republic of Mauritius was the Chief Guest.
The three day Convention saw a participation of around 2000 persons including overseas delegates, speakers, exhibitors, state government officials, media persons etc. These included 13 Members of the Prime Minister's Global Advisory Council and PIO Ministers from different countries like Mauritius and Malaysia, Minister from Canada and UK besides Union Ministers and Chief Ministers, PIO dignitaries, distinguished speakers and other noted Indians from diverse fields.

The flagship event of the Ministry held at Kochi was widely acclaimed as a grand success both for its organizational and substantive aspect, as also for the choice of speakers and the topicality of the themes chosen for deliberation at its various sessions. The four pre-conference seminars of NRIs in the Gulf, Skill Development, Tourism and Pure Sciences drew enthusiastic participation of all stake-holders and came in for appreciation from several quarters. The Gulf session was attended by the Indian Ambassadors to Gulf Cooperation Council, countries, Shri E Ahmed, Minister of State for External Affairs, Chief Minister of Kerala, Mr. K.C. Joseph, Minister for Non-Resident Kerala Affairs and delegates from the Gulf.
The Convention had four plenary sessions :
India's Growth : 
Greater Opportunities
Heritage and Diaspora
Engaging Young Overseas Indians
Investment opportunities in States
Four concurrent sessions were also held :
Innovation and technology
Meeting of Diaspora Organizations
India`s Growing Soft Power
Overseas Indians and India
In addition, there were the PBD Oration on 'Gadar Movement' by Porf. Harish Puri, Retired professor of Political Science and Head, BR Ambedkar Chair Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.