India celebrates Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) on 9th January every year to recognise the contribution of the Overseas Indian community in its development. The PBD conventions provide a platform for the Indian government to engage Indians origin people from different countries on key issues concerning them.
The format of the PBD Convention was revised in 2015, with the main PBD Convention being held every alternate year and theme-based panel discussions with the participation of overseas diaspora experts and other stakeholders being organized in the intervening year.
For the last few years, the Government of India organises the PBD Convention in partnership with one of the State Governments. The PBD Convention hosted in Partner State provides it with the opportunity to showcase its strengths to the Diaspora, and helps attract investment and technology into the State.
The 15th PBD Convention was held, in partnership with the Government of Uttar Pradesh, in Varanasi on 21-23 January 2019. The 16th PBD convention was held in virtual format on 9th January 2021, due to the Covid pandemic.
17th PBD Convention
The 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention will be held In Indore, Madhya Pradesh on 8-10 January 2023, with Madhya Pradesh as the Partner State. The theme of PBD 2023 is:
“Diaspora: Reliable partners for India’s progress in Amrit Kaal”
“ प्रवासी: अमृतकालमेंभारतकीप्रगतिकेलिएविश्वसनीयभागीदार ”
India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Chauhan jointly launched the website of the 17th Pravasi Bhartiya Convention on 13th October 2022. The website facilitates a single platform for the registration of delegates, booking of accommodation and transportation and other relevant information. Detailed programme of PBD 2023 can be seen at www.pbdindia.gov.in
Minister Jaishankar has urged diaspora members to participate in PBD 2023 and use it as an opportunity to share ideas and sentiments about India’s future developments and be partners in the golden period AMRIT KAAL when in the next 25 years the nation will move forward towards achieving an Aatmanirbhar Bharat and implementing Panch Pran.
He also thanked the diaspora members for their great devotion and commitment to their motherland during the covid pandemic.
EAM’s video message to the diaspora.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 17th PBD on 9th January 2023 in the presence of Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana who is the Chief Guest of the 17th PBD.
The President of India Droupadi Murmu will confer Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards and will give the valedictory address of PBD 2023.
Registration for 17th PBD Convention:
Diaspora members can register for the 17th PBD Convention at www.pbdindia.gov.in
- All PBD participants are required to register on the PBD website and to pay the registration fees.
- The registration fee will include meals (lunch and dinner at the Convention venue) during the event period.
- Accommodation can be booked through the PBD website at www.pbdindia.gov.in
All diaspora members are requested to register and attend the 17th PBD in large numbers to make it a successful event.