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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on 9 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.

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

2017

7-9 January 2017

Bengaluru


Website Link :   https://pbdindia.gov.in/



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