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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.

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.

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2014

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:

Year Dates Venue
2003 9-11 January, 2003 New Delhi
2004 9-11 January, 2004 New Delhi
2005 7-9 January, 2005 Mumbai
2006 7-9 January, 2006 Hyderabad
2007 7-9 January, 2007 New Delhi
2008 7-9 January, 2008 New Delhi
2009 7-9 January, 2009 Chennai
2010 7-9 January, 2010 New Delhi
2011 7-9 January, 2011 New Delhi
2012 7-9 January, 2012 Jaipur
2013 7-9 January, 2013 Kochi
2014 7-9 January, 2014 New Delhi
2015 7-9 January, 2015 Gandhinagar
2016 7-9 January, 2016 New 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.

Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (RPBD)

This Ministry organizes Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (RPBD) to allow participation of the Indian diaspora who are unable to attend annual Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in India. So far, eight Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas have been held at New York, Singapore, The Hague, Durban, Toronto, Mauritius and Sydney. These have elicited enthusiastic support from the Indian diaspora and the local Government and have been highly successful.

7th Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (RPBD) Convention was organized by MOIA in Sydney, from 10th - 12th November, 2013 to have interaction & discussion with Indian Diaspora to ensure their connectivity with their ancestral motherland as well to know their expectations & concerns. Secondly, the guiding spirit of the decision to hold the 7th RPBD in Australia was on account of the sentiments of the Indian diaspora in the region. Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea represent an important region for our diaspora, and the Indian community has been taken note of by the leadership of all political parties, there.

The theme of the PBD Convention in Sydney was "Connecting for a Shared Future: The Indian Diaspora, India and the Pacific". This was appropriate, as the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas seeks to reach out to both members of the Indian origin community as well as all those persons who are interested in plugging into India's growing relationship with Australia and its neighbouring countries.

The programme for the event included an inaugural session on Sharing Experiences and breakout sessions on different topics including Bilateral Business Opportunities in Services, Resources, Primary Commodities, Engagement through Culture, Indian Languages, Skills, Infrastructure (Airports, Ports, Road and Construction), Manufacturing, Education, Culture and Youth Dialogue. There were breakout sessions also on Sharing Experiences, The Indian Diaspora in the Pacific, Honouring the Success Stories, Scientists and Academics, Women in Business and Community, Power of Media in the Asian Century and India Australia Strategic Partnership.

Eighth Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Divas was held in London, UK from 16th to 18th October, 2014.

The ninth RPRD will be held on 14 and 15 November 2015 in Los Angeles California, USA choiced by honorable Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs.

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.

Highlights of PBD 2013

  • Overwhelming participation by delegate from India and Abroad.
  • Release of Stamp on Ghadar Movement by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India.
  • Release of publications – (i) India Supports and (ii) Handbook for Emigrants
  • Attendance by a host of dignitaries from abroad.
  • Four plenary sessions, four concurrent sessions besides separate States sessions.
  • Four pre-conference seminars of NRIs in the Gulf, Skill Development, Tourism and Pure Sciences.
  • PBD Oration on 'Gadar Movement'.

Mini PBDs

Mini PBDs are essentially Regional PBDs organized to reach out to a vast majority of our diaspora, who for various reasons, are unable to attend the main event in India and benefit from its deliberations. This is in response to a strong and persistent demand for holding such events regionally.

PBD-Canada

The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Canada was held in Toronto from 9-10th June, 2011 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The Governor General of Canada Mr. David Johnston graced the inaugural ceremony on 9th June. The Premier of Ontario Mr. Dalton McGuinty also attended and spoke at the inaugural function. Several members of the Canadian Parliament as well as Ministers of the Ontario Government also attended. The Indian delegation was led by Smt. Preneet Kaur, MOS, MEA. The theme of the Conference was "Building bridges: Positioning strategies for the Indian diaspora”. The inaugural session was attended by nearly 1000 persons, the largest ever participation in any regional PBD.

PBD-Africa

The fourth in the series called ‘PBD Africa’ was held in Durban, South Africa from 1st and 2nd October 2010. The President of South Africa Mr. Jacob Zuma graced the closing session on 2nd October, 2010. The event was inaugurated on 1st October, 2010 by Hon’ble Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India, Shri Vayalar Ravi. The event marked the 150th anniversary of the arrivals of Indians in South Africa.It coincided with the birth anniversary on 2nd October of the great Indian icon of peace and nonviolence, Mahtama Gandhi.

PBD-Mauritius

6th Regional/Overseas Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Mauritius was held in 27-28 October, 2012 at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre (SVICC), Pailles. The event was attended by the Prime Minister of Mauritius and the President of Mauritius besides several other Cabinet Minister of Mauritius. The Hon`ble Minster for Overseas Indian Affairs gave an address in the inaugural session. The theme of the Conference was "Shared Roots, Common Destiny".

5th Regional PBDs have been held earlier at following places so far :

  • New York, USA on 24th September, 2007
  • Singapore on 10-11 October, 2008
  • The Hague, Netherlands on 19th September, 2009
  • Durban, South Africa on 1-2 October, 2010
  • Toronto, Canada on 8-10 June, 2011

The dedicated website for Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Mauritius is www.pbdmauritius.org External website that opens in a new window

Chief Guests at PBD Conventions

Sr. No. PBD Year Name & Position Country
1 2003 Sir Anerood Jugnauth, Prime Minister Mauritius
2 2004 Shri Bharrat Jagdeo, President Guyana
3 2005 Shri J.R. Ajodhia, Vice President Suriname
4 2006 Shri Ahmed Kathrada, Political Activist
and a Contemporay of Nelson Mandela
South Africa
5 2007 Prof. S. Jayakumar, Dy. Prime Minister Singapore
6 2008 Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Prime Minister Mauritius
7 2009 Dr. Ramdien Sardjoe, Vice President Suriname
8 2010 Dr. Khalid Hameed, Chairman, Alpha Hospital Group UK
9 2011 Sir Anand Satyanand, Governor General New Zealand
10 2012 H.E. Ms. Kamla Persad Bissessar Trinidad and Tobago
11 2013 Mr. Rajkeswur Purryag, President Mauritius
12 2014 Dato Sri G. Palanivel, Federal Minister for Natural Resources and Environment Malaysia
13 2015 H.E. Mr. Donald Rabinderanauth Ramotar, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana Guyana
14 2016 Ms Priti Patel​, ​​​Minister of State for Employment of UK UK

Dates and Venues

Year Dates Venue
2016 7-9 January, 2016 New Delhi
2015 7-9 January, 2015 Gandhinagar
2014 7-9 January, 2014 New Delhi
2013 7-9 January, 2013 Kochi
2012 7-9 January, 2012 Jaipur
2011 7-9 January, 2011 New Delhi
2010 7-9 January, 2010 New Delhi
2009 7-9 January, 2009 Chennai
2008 7-9 January, 2008 New Delhi
2007 7-9 January, 2007 New Delhi
2006 7-9 January, 2006 Hyderabad
2005 7-9 January, 2005 Mumbai
2004 9-11 January, 2004 New Delhi
2003 9-11 January, 2003 New Delhi

PBD Canada

The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Canada was held in Toronto from 9-10th June, 2011 at the Metro Toronto Covention Centre. The Governor General of Canada Mr. David Johnston graced the inaugural ceremony on 9th June. The Premier of Ontario Mr. Dalton McGuinty also attended and spoke at the inaugural function. Several members of the Canadian Parliament as well as Ministers of the Ontario Government also attended. The Indian delegation was led by Smt. Preneet Kaur, MOS, MEA. The theme of the Conference was "Building bridges: Positioning strategies for the Indian diaspora”. The inaugural session was attended by nearly 1000 persons, the largest ever participation in any regional PBD.

Archives

The year wise list of Speakers of various PBD events is as follows:

Sr. No. Year Download
1 2013 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(21 KB)
2 2012 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(19 KB)
3 2011 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(23 KB)
4 2010 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(22 KB)
5 2009 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(104 KB)
6 2008 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(84 KB)
7 2007 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(92 KB)
8 2006 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(83 KB)
9 2005 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(104 KB)
10 2004 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(93 KB)
11 2003 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(113 KB)

The year wise list of PBD Theme Paper is as follows:

Sr. No. Year Download
1 2013 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(1.53 MB)
2 2012 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(242 KB)
3 2011 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(1.76 MB)
4 2010 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(1.55 MB)
5 2009 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(1.02 MB)
6 2008 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(906 KB)