Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2016: All you need to know about 14th PBD Non Resident Indian Day: Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on January 9 every year in India. Today marks the beginning of three-day event of the 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) which will be organized at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The little-known event is also known as ‘Non-Resident Indian Day’ as it marks the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa in the year 1915 on January 9. It also acknowledges the contribution of Indian community living abroad in the development of India. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is celebrated over three days from January 7-9. It is organised by Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and is well supported by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region of India.
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2016: All you need to know about 14th PBD Non Resident Indian Day
The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas event organised to commemorate the contributions of expatriate and non-resident Indians and people of Indian origin was started by former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee under the chairmanship of L M Singhvi. The event also serves as a platform to discuss concerns and issues related to the Indian Diaspora around the globe. PBD conventions have been held every year since its inception in 2003.
The event holds much importance as it also helps in extensive networking among the Indian community who attend it from various parts of the world. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas programme serves as a platform for them to share their valuable experiences in various fields, be it economic or social. Not many know that individuals who have achieved excellence in their respective fields are also honoured at the event with the prestigious ‘Bharatiya Samman’ award.
Apart from networking and building partnerships, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas function also helps in discussing important initiatives related to trade, investment, emigration, education, culture, health, development of science, and technological advancements.
The venue of the gala event is Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar this year. The convention venue in Gujarat’s capital is all decked up to welcome the Indian diaspora who will arrive in huge numbers from countries across the world. The annual bonding jamboree at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is hosted by Indian authorities for its natives living abroad. More than 3,000 delegates of Indian diaspora are expected to attend the 14th edition of the program initiated by then NDA government in 2003.
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