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The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is a Convention organized to connect the Government of India and State Governments of India to its Overseas Indian Diaspora. The PBD Convention provides a platform for the Indian Diaspora to engage with the Government of India and acquaint themselves about policies, developments and opportunities of contemporary India.
The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is a Convention of the Indian Diaspora organized in India by the Government of India and is celebrated on 9 January since 2003, to mark the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa on 9 January 1915.
The PBD convention attracts overseas Indians from all over the world. Nearly 3000 delegates participated in the PBD in January 2015 in Gujarat. The PBD Convention features Plenary Sessions; an Exhibition; Cultural programmes and provides an opportunity to interact with other Overseas Indians, Policy makers, Political leadership and others. The highlight of the PBD convention is the inaugural address by the Prime Minister. Chief Ministers of several states also participate and address the delegates on opportunities available in their respective states. The last day of PBD features the valedictory address by the Hon'ble President of India, who will also confer the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards on Overseas Indian for their achievements and contribution both in India and abroad.
The Youth PBD is a new feature which has been introduced recently. It is a special day long programme which provides a platform to connect with Young Overseas Indians and discuss subjects of relevance to them. The Young PBD delegates will also have the opportunity to interact with other Young PIOs and Young Indians of their own age group. The highlight of the Youth PBD is the inaugural address by the Minister of External Affairs and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, followed by a plenary session, and a cultural programme and dinner.
PBD gives a platform to the Indian Diaspora to know about the Government's achievements in various sectors and policies and initiatives undertaken by Government. The delegates of the PBD will also have the opportunity to interact with the Indian Diaspora belonging to different countries and network with them and explore how they leverage their resources in a nation building activities in India.
In 2015, the Government decided to revise the PDB Convention and reenergize its engagement with Indian Diaspora. As a result, the PBD Convention will be held once in two years in India. In the intervening year, smaller, outcome based PBD Conferences will be organized in New Delhi on issues of concern to the Indian Diaspora.
Through PBD Conferences the Government is proactively engaging with Overseas Indians, which is a significant constituency across globe. The PBD conferences enable an issue-based dialogue with the Indian Diaspora as opposed to sporadic event based connect.