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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas


Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on 9th 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.Since 2015, its format has been revised to celebrate the PBD once every two years and to hold theme-based PBD Conferences during the intervening period with participation from overseas diaspora experts, policy makers and stakeholders. 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.

Fifteen PBDs

To connect India to its vast overseas diaspora and bring their knowledge, expertise and skills on a common platform, the PBD Convention - the flagship event of MOIA is organized from 7th-9th January every year since 2003.

Fifteen PBDs have been held earlier in various places of India so far as follows:

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
20039-11 January, 2003New Delhi
20049-11 January, 2004New Delhi
20057-9 January, 2005Mumbai
20067-9 January, 2006Hyderabad
20077-9 January, 2007New Delhi
20087-9 January, 2008New Delhi
20097-9 January, 2009Chennai
20107-9 January, 2010New Delhi
20117-9 January, 2011New Delhi
20127-9 January, 2012Jaipur
20137-9 January, 2013Kochi
20147-9 January, 2014New Delhi
20157-9 January, 2015Gandhinagar
20177-9 January, 2017Bengaluru
201921-23 January, 2019Varanasi

The 15th PBD Convention was held from 21 to 23 January 2019 in Varanasi with Uttar Pradesh as the Partner State. Over 7000 delegates participated in the 15th PBD. In reverence to the sentiments of the larger diaspora, two attractions were added to the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas – viz. visit to Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj and participation in Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi on 26 January 2019 were also offered to the PBD participants. Heads of Missions in India also participated in the Kumbh Mela.

PBD 2020 was held in New Delhi on 9th January 2020 in which EAM interacted with Diaspora in eight countries through Video Conference. The event was webcast live to all Indian Missions and Posts abroad.

Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (RPBD)

Ministry has been organizing Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Conferences (RPBD) to reach out to a vast majority of our diaspora, who for various reasons, are unable to attend the main biennial event in India and benefit from its deliberations. This is in response to a strong and persistent demand for holding such events regionally. These have elicited enthusiastic support from the Indian diaspora and the local Governments and have been highly successful. So far, ten RPBDs have been held as per details below:

Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (RPBD)
Sr. No.CityCountryDate
1New YorkUSA24 Sept. 2007
2. Singapore Singapore 10-11 Oct. 2008
3. The Hague Netherlands 19 Sept. 2009
4. Durban South Africa 1-2 Oct. 2010
5. Toronto Canada 8-10 June 2011
6. Port Louis Mauritius 27-28 Oct. 2012
7. Sydney Australia 10-12 Nov. 2013
8. London United Kingdom 16-18 Oct. 2014
9. Los Angeles USA 14-15 Nov. 2015
10. Singapore Singapore 6-7 Jan. 2018

Chief Guests at PBD Conventions

Chief Guests at PBD Conventions
Sr. No.PBD YearName & PositionCountry
12003Sir Anerood Jugnauth, Prime MinisterMauritius
22004Shri Bharrat Jagdeo, President Guyana
32005Shri J.R. Ajodhia, Vice PresidentSuriname
42006Shri Ahmed Kathrada, Political Activist
and a Contemporay of Nelson Mandela
South Africa
52007Prof. S. Jayakumar, Dy. Prime MinisterSingapore
62008Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Prime MinisterMauritius
72009Dr. Ramdien Sardjoe, Vice PresidentSuriname
82010Dr. Khalid Hameed, Chairman, Alpha Hospital GroupUK
92011Sir Anand Satyanand, Governor GeneralNew Zealand
102012H.E. Ms. Kamla Persad BissessarTrinidad and Tobago
112013Mr. Rajkeswur Purryag, PresidentMauritius
122014Dato Sri G. Palanivel, Federal Minister for Natural Resources and EnvironmentMalaysia
132015H.E. Mr. Donald Rabinderanauth Ramotar, President of the Cooperative Republic of GuyanaGuyana
142017Dr. Antonio Costa, Prime MinisterPortugal
152019Mr. Pravind Jugnauth, Prime MinisterMauritius


The year wise list of Speakers of various PBD events is as follows:

The year wise list of Speakers of various PBD events
Sr. No.YearDownload
12019Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(21 KB)
22013Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(21 KB)
32012Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(19 KB)
42011Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(23 KB)
52010Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(22 KB)
62009Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(104 KB)
72008Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(84 KB)
82007Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(92 KB)
92006Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(83 KB)
102005Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(104 KB)
112004Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(93 KB)
122003Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(113 KB)

The year wise list of PBD Theme Paper is as follows:

The year wise list of PBD Theme Paper
Sr. No.YearDownload
12019Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(1.53 MB)
22013Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(1.53 MB)
32012Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(242 KB)
42011Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(1.76 MB)
52010Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(1.55 MB)
62009Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(1.02 MB)
72008Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(906 KB)