‘Engaging Diaspora: Connecting Across Generations’ will be the theme for the 12th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) convention to be held at the landmark Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi from January 7 to 9, next year. This was announced by the Minister for Overseas Indian Vyalar Ravi at a press conference on Tuesday wherein he also stressed that one of the focus areas of this PBD is to organise a ‘Youth PBD’ on the first day of the convention.
Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the event on January 8 and President of India Pranab Mukherjee will deliver the valedictory address on January 9 and confer the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards.
Mr Ravi said to cater to youth; the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports will be Partner Ministry for the event. “With the youth forming a majority of our population, India is a young nation. It is in the fitness of things, therefore, to focus on the youth during the convention. The youth is one of the engines that drive a nation and if we are to propel India to greater heights, we need to harness their energy,”
Answering questions on the problems faced by the NRI especially in the Gulf. Mr Ravi said his ministry was keeping a close watch on the development and had recently deputed a delegation of officers to Saudi Arabia to resolve issues.
Specifying the highlights of the PBD 2014, the Minister said in the session focused on youth on 7th January, there will be a main session on “Aspiration of Diaspora Youth” followed by Concurrent Session on “Sharing a Common Heritage: The Emotional Connect, Young Achievers and on “Emerging India in a Dynamically Changing World”.
On the 8th & 9th January, there will be a Plenary Session on “India’s Growth & Development Agenda”, “India’s Soft Power” and “Investment Opportunities in the States”. There will be concurrent exhibition showcasing with participation from State Governments, Corporates, Financial Institutions, NGOs and other sectors.
FICCI is managing this event. In the forthcoming PBD, the minister hoped that there will be enthusiastic participation over 2,000 delegates from overseas Indian community spread across the globe.
PBD is organised every year to mark the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to India when he landed in Mumbai on January 9, 1915