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Fifth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 7-9 January, 2007 held at New Delhi

After a gap of two years, the fifth edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was held in New Delhi again from 7-9 January 2007. Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs organized the conclave of the Indian diaspora in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi as the State partner. Professor S. Jayakumar, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore was the Chief Guest at the conference. 1200 Overseas Indians from over 50 countries participated in the event.

The theme of the Fifth edition of PBD was ‘Rooting for the roots – Meeting India’s Social development Challenges’ with the objective of inspiring Overseas Indians to be part of the socioeconomic development of India. The focus areas were Education, Healthcare, Women, Youth, and Investment.

Inaugurating the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2007, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called upon the vast Indian diaspora to be active participants in this great saga of adventure and enterprise of building a new India and said that while the sun has set on many great empires of the world in the past, the sun will never set on the world of the Indian diaspora. Stating that India has emerged as one of the fastest growing economies in the world, he called upon overseas Indians to take full advantage of the opportunities arising out of the Country growth process.

“All of you are children of Mother India” Minister Vayalar Ravi, said while addressing participants at the Inaugural Session of PBD 2007. He also announced a host of benefits for OCI cardholders. Professor S. Jayakumar, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Chief Guest said that India’s is intrinsically bound up with East Asia. The economic engagements apart, he said that India would have a central strategic role in the region.

As India reinvents itself, and finds newer areas of expertise and excellence, there is but one issue that remains paramount in the minds of Indian Leaders and the global community. How is India addressing the Developmental Challenges? This was discussed at the PBD2007at length. According to C.K. Prahalad, professor of Business Administration at the University of Michigan’s Business school, the most important challenge India faces today is to find ways to make its economic transformation more equitable.

One of the highlights of PBD 2007 was, for the first time sessions on various regions of the world with substantial population of the Indian Diaspora were organised. These sessions were chaired by union Ministers of the Government of India, and discussed various solutions of the regional problems faced by the Indian Diaspora.

The sessions on Education, Healthcare, Women, Youth, and Investment held during three days of the conference presented the best opportunities for collaborations and partnerships – partnerships between central Government and the States, partnership between the public and the private and partnership between India and the world for the social transformation of India. Finance Minister of India in his address said if NRIs decide to invest in India’s infrastructure that will give an impetus to our economic growth and sustain it.

Speaking at the Valedictory session of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2007, President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam called upon Indians across the world to join in the mission of taking the country into the league of advanced nations in the next decade. He said a great opportunity awaits Overseas Indians in contributing to the transformation of the motherland. Talking about the World Knowledge Platform, which will integrate the core competencies of partner countries. He said that World Knowledge Platform would take up missions in the areas of energy, water, healthcare, food, knowledge products; automobiles with the available quality human resources.

The 25 million people of Indian origin with experience and specialization in diverse area can definitely be an important partner in the development of quality resources, which will be a prime output for the world knowledge platform. He requested all Overseas Indians to participate in the mission of ‘Developed India’ 2020’ and to make it reality by their knowledge sharing and experience. President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam also gave away the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman to distinguished Overseas Indians.


  • Ø Establishment of an “Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre” to promote investment by overseas Indian investors to India.
  • Ø Establishment of “Council for Promotion of Overseas Employment” to promote Overseas employment.
  • Ø Setting up of “University for Persons of Indian Origin” meeting needs of overseas Indian community in most sought after disciplines including engineering and management.


  • 1200 Pravasi delegates from over 50 countries participated in the event.
  • Theme of the PBD 2007 was ‘rooting for the roots – meeting India’s social development challenges’.
  • The focus areas were education, health, women, youth and investment.
  • Professor S. Jayakumar, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore was the Chief Guest of the Conference.
  • The conference was inaugurated by Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India and culminated with valedictory address by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India.
  • Twentyeight sessions on a wide and inclusive range of topics.
  • Five overseas Ministers attended the conference.
  • 175 speakers, 44 of them from overseas.
  • Twentynine Indian Ministers, four chief Ministers and seven members of Parliament addressed the conference.
  • Four publications of the Ministry were released in the conference.
  • Establishment of Overseas Indian Facilitation Center announced by the Prime Minister.


President A.P.J.Abdul Kalam honoured fifteen distinguished overseas Indians with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman on the concluding day of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2007. Introduced in the year 2003, the awards are conferred to honour distinguished overseas Indians in recognition of their achievements, their contribution to strengthening of India’s relations with other countries, promoting the honour and prestige of India and fostering the interests of overseas Indians.

Nominations to the awards are made by India’s Heads Of Missions, PIOs who are MPs in their respective countries, past awardees of the Gandhi Peace Prize/Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Parliament for MEA/MOIA. The Vice President of India is the exofficio Chairman of the JurycumAwards Committee. The maximum number of awards has now been increased to 15 and institutions and organizations have also been made eligible. This year, 15 distinguished overseas Indians were selected for the Award.

The largest number, four of the awardees, are from the United States. Two are from the United Arab Emirates and the others from the United Kingdom, Canada, Fiji, Portugal, Kenya, Malaysia, Germany, Jamaica and South Africa.

The ministry has constituted a committee chaired by the Secretary with representatives from the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Home Affairs to revise the scheme and make the selection process more broad based, objective and transparent.

Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awardees-2007

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Shri Dave Sukhdip Singh Hayer Canada


Sir Moti Tikaram Fiji


Shri Sibabrata Roy Germany


Shri Pheroze Nowrojee Kenya


Shri Kenneth S. Benjamin Kingston


Tan Sri Dato Dr. K.R. Somasundram Malaysia


Dr. Abdool Magid Abdool Karim Vakil Portugal


Shri Billy Nair South Africa


Shri Syed M. Salahuddin United Arab Emirates


Dr. B.R. Shetty United Arab Emirates


Lord Diljit Rana United Kingdom


Shri Gopal Raju United States of America


Shri Nirmal K. Sinha United States of America


Dr. P. Jayaraman United States of America


Dr. M. Anirudhan United States of America