Pravasi Bhartiya Divas, 2019

  • Category
    World Affairs
  • Published
    24th Jan, 2019


  • The 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) was held on 21-23 January 2019, in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
  • Government of Uttar Pradesh is the Partner State for the Convention.


Pravasi Bhartiya Divas

  • PBD is celebrated once in every two years to strengthen the engagement of the overseas Indian community with the Government of India and reconnect them with their roots.
  • It is sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the Confederation of Indian Industries and the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region.
  • Theme of this year was "Role of Indian Diaspora in building New India". Special arrangements were also being made for participation in Kumbh Mela and Republic day parade.

Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA)

  • During the Convention, selected overseas Indians are also honoured with the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award to recognize their contributions in various fields both in India and abroad.
  • PBSA is the highest honour conferred on overseas Indians.
  • PBSA is conferred by the President of India as a part of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Conventions to a 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.


  • PBD is a celebratory day observed on 9 January to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community towards the development of India. The day commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to Mumbai on 9 January 1915.
  • 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.

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