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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on 9 January every year to strengthen the engagement of the overseas Indian community with the Government, reconnect them with their roots and celebrate their achievements and contributions. PBD is celebrated on January 9 as it was on this day in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest Pravasi, returned to India from South Africa to lead Indiaâ€™s freedom struggle. 13 PBD Conventions have been held in India so far.
The PBD conventions provide a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with the Government on issues of concern to our Diaspora and to explore opportunities for investment in India and contribution to the country of their origin. These conventions also provide an opportunity to the overseas Indians to network with other overseas Indians residing in various parts of the world.
During the PBD Convention, overseas Indians are honored with the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award to recognize their contributions in various fields both in India and abroad.
The 14th PBD Convention will be held in Bengaluru, Karnataka from 7 to 9 January 2017: PBD 2017 which will focus on the theme â€œRedefining engagement with the Indian Diasporaâ€ will
In 2015 the Government of India revised the format of PBD and re-energized its engagement with the Indian Diaspora to enable sustained and more substantive engagement. Following the review, the PBD Convention will be held once in two years in a city outside Delhi. In the intervening year, smaller, outcome-based PBD Conferences will be organized in New Delhi on issues of concern to the Indian Diaspora. It was decided that Indian Missions and Consulates will also celebrate PBD every year.
Through the first series of PBD Conferences which commenced in February 2016 the Government is proactively engaging with the Overseas Indians in an issue-based dialogue.
As a run up to PBD 2017, 10 PBD Conferences (Panel Discussions) were held in New Delhi in 2016 on issues of importance to the Indian Diaspora. These Conferences were chaired by the Minister of External Affairs. Domain experts from the Diaspora, and stakeholders and policy makers based in India were invited for day-long deliberations on various topics. Their recommendations have been submitted to the concerned Ministries & Departments in the Government of India for consideration. At the 14th PBD Convention in January 2017, each PBD Conference will present their recommendations and the Action Taken Report to PBD delegates for their suggestions and comments.