PRAVASI BHARATIYA DIVAS (PBD)
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) convention is the flagship event of the Ministry organized every year since January 2003 with a view to connect India to its vast Indian Diaspora and bring their knowledge, expertise and skills on a common platform.
The 9th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention was held in New Delhi from 7th to 9th January, 2011. The Convention was organized in partnership with the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) was the institutional partner. It was inaugurated by the Prime Minister on 8th January, 2011 and the valedictory address was delivered by the President on 9th January, 2011. The President also conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award on 15 distinguished PIOs/NRIs. Sir Anand Satyanand, Governor General of New Zealand was the Chief Guest.
The three day Convention saw a record participation of over 1,700 delegates. These included 14 Members of the Prime Minister’s Global Advisory Council and 3 PIO Ministers, besides Union Ministers, Chief Ministers and other Indian and PIO dignitaries.
The flagship event of the Ministry was widely acclaimed as a grand success for its organizational as well as substantive aspect, as also for the choice of speakers and the topicality of the themes chosen for deliberation at its various sessions. The two preconference seminars of education and healthcare drew enthusiastic participation of all stakeholders and came in for appreciation from several quarters.There was a separate and special session on ‘Diapsora role models from the North East-success stories’ since the focus of PBD 2011 were the North-Eastern States.
The Convention had four plenary sessions: Engaging Young Overseas Indians; Opportunity India: Interaction with Union Ministers; Investment Opportunities in North-Eastern Region; and Interaction with Chief Ministers on Inclusive Growth; four specific sessions on Information, Communication and Entertainment-Branding the Global Indian, Strengthening Cultural Bonds with the Global Indian, Gulf Session and
Philanthropy-Diaspora initiative, separate State sessions and the PBD Oration, Prof. C.K. Prahalad Memorial Lecture on “Inclusive Growth for the Bottom of the Pyramid” by Dr. Gautam Ahuja from Michigan University, USA.
HIGHLIGHTS OF PBD 2011
- Record participation of over 1700 delegates
- Attendance by a host of dignitaries from abroad
- Four plenary sessions, four concurrent sessions besides separate States sessions
- Two pre-conference seminars of education and healthcare
- A pre-conference seminar on ‘Diapsora role models from the North East-success stories
- Unveiling of the foundation stone of the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra by the Prime Minister
PRAVASI BHARATIYA SAMMAN AWARDS (PBSA)
The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) is conferred on 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 have excelled in one’s field for outstanding work which has enhanced India’s prestige in the country of residence and who has made (i) significant contribution towards better understanding abroad of India and support to India’s causes and concerns in a tangible way; (ii) significant contribution for the welfare of the Diaspora; (iii) notable contribution in philanthropic and charitable work and for social and humanitarian causes in India and abroad; (iv) significant contribution in building closer links between India and its diaspora in the economic, cultural and scientific fields; and (v) for eminence in his skills which has enhanced India’s prestige in that country (for nonprofessional workers). The Jury-cum- Awards Committee, comprising of Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs,top civil servants and five eminent persons nominated by the Prime Minister, is chaired by the Vice President of India. As the highest honour for Overseas Indians, PBSA is conferred by the President of India as a part of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) conferences organized annually since 2003. PBSA 2011 were conferred on the following:
Sir Anand Satyanand
Ms. Veena Harbhagwan Sahajwalla
Ms. Lata Pada
Mr. Harindrapal Singh Banga
Mr. Mohammad Munir Nazir HassanAnsari
Mr. Upjit Singh Sachdeva
Tan Sri Dato’ Ajit Singh
Mr. Saleh Wahid
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Mr. Mohiaddin Syed Karimuddin
Mr. Mano Selvanathan
Mr. Mohan Jashanmal
Rt. Hon. Baroness (Dr.) Sandip Verma
Mr. Ashook Kumar Ramsaran
Mr. Rajiv Shah
4th Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, Durban, South Africa
The fourth in the series called ‘PBD Africa’ was held in Durban, South Africa from 1st and 2nd October 2010. The President of South Africa Mr. Jacob Zuma graced the closing session on 2nd October, 2010. The event was inaugurated on 1st October, 2010 by Hon’ble Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India, Shri Vayalar Ravi. The event marked the 150th anniversary of the arrivals of Indians in South Africa. It coincided with the birth anniversary on 2nd October of the great Indian icon of peace and nonviolence, Mahtama Gandhi.