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14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention Held in Bengaluru

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The 14th edition of the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) Convention 2017 kick started at Jacaranda Hall, BIEC, in Bengaluru, Karnataka on January 7 and would conclude on January 9, 2017.

The theme of the three day PBD 2017 was Redefining Engagement with the Indian Diaspora.

Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

i.The PBD began on January 7 with the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. The theme of Youth PBD was ‘Role of Diaspora Youth in the Transformation of India’.

ii.The event was chaired by Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel and co-chaired by Minister of State for External Affairs, Dr V.K. Singh.

iii.Vice President of Suriname Michael Ashwin Adhin was the Special Guest at the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) who addressed the young overseas Indian delegates at the inaugural session along with Minister of External Affairs Smt Sushma Swaraj, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah among others.

iv.The inaugural day had three plenary sessions followed by various Cultural Programme a Buffet Dinner.

Plenary Session I: Nurturing India’s Young Ambassadors: Reaching out to Indian Students Abroad and NRI & OCI Students in India.

Plenary Session II: Start-ups and Innovations which had social impact in India

Plenary Session III: Fuelling growth through disruptive Innovations: Start-up ecosystem in Karnataka.

14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention     

The main event of the PBD event started on January 8, 2017.

Inaugurated by: Prime Minster Narendra Modi

Chief Guest of the Convention: Prime Minister of Portugal, Dr Antonio Costa

i.Addressing over 7,000-strong Indian Diaspora from various nations at the 14th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, PM Modi launched a Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PKVY) and also announced that he was taking steps to convert brain drain into brain gain.

ii.Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa stressed the role of the India’s contribution in Portugal and informed his desire to attract Foreign Direct Investment for Portugal’s geographic advantage.

Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PKVY)

i.Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana PKVY aims to train and certify the Indians youths who are interested in overseas employment to enable them fit with the international standards and boost their confidence.

ii.The government would provide the skill development training irrespective of the vocation seleted by the youth.

iii.It will be implemented by the National Skill Development Corporation through its training partners and in consultation with the Ministry of External Affairs and the Skill Development Ministry.

Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards

i.PM Modi emphasized the contributions made by the Non-residential Indians and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) in the development of India and addressed the OCIs facing difficulty in getting the OCIs cards.

ii.The Government has set up special counters at immigration points to help in making OCI cards among which first such counters are been set up in Delhi and Bengaluru from January 1, 2017. PM encouraged all PIO Card holders to convert their PIO Cards to OCI (Overseas citizen of India) Cards.

iii.The deadline for PIO card conversions to OCI has also been extended from December 31, 2016, to June 30, 2017, without any penalty.

President Concludes the PBD Convention with Pravasi Bharatiya Samman

i.The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee concluded the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention on January 9, 2017 with a farewell speech and also conferred the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Awards.

ii.The recipients of the awards were selected by 11-membered Jury cum Award Committee chaired by Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and co-chaired by External Affairs Minister, Smt Sushma Swaraj. The jury selected 30 nominees from a list of 178 nominations.

List of Pravasi Bharatiya Samman-2017 Awardees


1Dr. Gorur Krishna HarinathAustraliaCommunity Service
2 .Mr. Rajasekharan Pillai Valavoor KizhakkathilBahrainBusiness
3 .Antwerp Indian AssociationBelgiumCommunity Service
4 .Mr. Nazeer Ahamed Mohamed ZackiriahBruneiCommunity Service
5.Mr. Mukund Bhikhubhai PurohitCanadaBusiness
6.Mr. Nalinkumar Sumanlal KothariDjiboutiCommunity Service
7.Mr. Vinod Chandra PatelFijiSocial Service
8.Mr. Raghunath Marie Antonin ManetFranceArts & Culture
9.Dr. Lael Anson E. BestIsraelMedical Science
10.Dr. Sandip Kumar TagoreJapanArts & Culture
11.Mr. Ariful IslamLibyaCommunity Service
12 .Tan Sri Dato Dr. Muniandy ThambirajahMalaysiaEducation and Community
13 .Hon’ble Mr. Pravind Kumar JugnauthMauritiusPublic Service
14 .H.E. Mr. Antonio Luis Santos da CostaPortugalPublic Service
15 .Dr. Raghavan SeetharamanQatarBusiness Management
16 .Ms. Zeenat Musarrat JafriSaudi ArabiaEducation
17.Singapore Indian AssociationSingaporeCommunity Service
18.Dr. Carani Balaraman SanjeeviSwedenMedicine
19 .Mr. Susheel Kumar SaraffThailandBusiness
20.Mr. Winston Chandarbhan DookeranTrinidad & TobagoPublic Service
21.Mr. Vasudev Shamdas ShroffUnited Arab EmiratesCommunity Service
22 .India Social and Cultural Centre, Abu DhabiUnited Arab EmiratesPhilanthropy and Community Service
23 .Rt. Hon’ble Ms. Priti PatelUnited KingdomPublic Service
24 .Ms. Neena GillUnited KingdomPublic Service
25 .Mr. Hari Babu BindalUSAEnvironmental Engineering
26 .Dr. Bharat Haridas BaraiUSACommunity Service
27 .Ms. Nisha Desai BiswalUSAPublic Affairs
28 .Dr. Mahesh MehtaUSACommunity Service
29 .Mr. Ramesh ShahUSACommunity Service
30.Dr. Sampatkumar Shidramapa ShivangiUSACommunity Leadership


Pravasi Bharatiya Samman

The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) is the highest honour conferred on Non-Resident Indian, Person of Indian Origin or an organization or institution established and run by the Non-Resident Indians or Persons of Indian Origin, who has made significant contribution in recognizing India abroad.

About Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD)

i.Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) was launched by the Vajpayee Government in 2003 which is celebrated since then every year on 9 January to mark the contribution of overseas Indian community in the development of India.

ii.It is celebrated on January 9 because it was on this day in 1915 that the greatest Pravasi, Mahatma Gandhi, returned to India from South Africa, and led India’s freedom struggle and changed the lives of Indians forever.

iii.The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention provides a platform for interaction of the central and state governments with the Overseas Indian Community for mutually beneficial activities and a forum for discussing key issues concerning the Indian Diaspora.