TIP Correspondent BENGALURU: The curtains are ready to be raised on the 14th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas being held at Bengaluru from January 7 to 9, 2017.
The Mahakumbh of the NRIs, expected to be attended by over 3000 delegates from across the world, will be opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 8.
President Pranab Mukherjee will present the awards on the last day, January 9, the day Mahatma Gandhi had returned from South Africa to India in 2015.
Dr. António Costa, Prime Minister of the Republic of Portugal will be the Chief Guest at the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention. He will participate in the inaugural session of the PBD Convention on 8 January and address the delegates.
Mr. Michael Ashwin Satyandre Adhin, Vice President of the Republic of Suriname will be the Special Guest at the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) to be held on 7 January. He will address the young overseas Indian delegates at the inaugural session of the Youth PBD, along with Minister of External Affairs Smt Sushma Swaraj and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Vijay Goel.
Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is a platform to connect with the youth, the new generation of Pravasis growing up all over the world, confident, aspirational and transcending the old boundaries of caste and class. The government is keen to enable young Diaspora to know more about their roots and the place from where their fathers or forefathers originated. They can discover many features of India, its tradition, rich art and culture and many facets of contemporary India.
The Government has put in place many schemes and programs to connect with the young Diaspora.
The Bengaluru event will be the first full-fledged festival of diaspora Indians under a new format adopted by the government last year.The annual convention of Non Resident Indians will focus on what the Indian origin NRIs and PIOs achieved in the last few years, culminating with award of Pravasi Bharatiya Samman to distinguished NRI achievers.
Dhyaneshwar Mulay, Secretary, Overseas Indian Affairs, said, “Highlight of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017 is social innovations by Indians, 20 social innovations will be highlighted and there will also be a contest of innovators and the winner will get an award of Rs.1 lakh.”
Mr. Mulay said all sessions will be held in plenary format to allow more interaction with delegates from overseas to convey their suggestions to the government directly. “The sessions will focus on immigration and the role of diaspora organizations,” he said.
The theme this year is ‘Redefining engagement with Indian diaspora’ and the event exhibition would showcase the achievements of the government in various sectors, and the delegates can also explore business opportunities in India and connect with government officials, business owners and entrepreneurs.
The stated objectives of PBD 2017.
- PBD 2017 will focus on the theme “Redefining the engagement with the Indian Diaspora”.
- To strengthen Diaspora engagement and provide a platform for networking with the Diaspora.
- To recognize the Diaspora’s contribution to India and know their expectations and concerns.
- To deepen engagement with young Diasporas, to help them know more about their roots.
For more information on PBD 2017, please visit www.pbdindia.gov.in