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Seventh Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 7-9 January, 2009 held at Chennai


Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) convention is the flagship event of the Ministry organized every year in January since 2003, with a view to connect India to its vast Indian diaspora and bringing their knowledge, expertise and skills on a common platform.

The 7th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention was held at the Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai from 7-9 January, 2009. Tamil Nadu was the Partner State and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) was the institutional partner. It was inaugurated by the Prime Minister on 08.01.2009 and the valedictory address was delivered by the President on 09.01.2009. The President also conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award on 13 distinguished PIOs/NRIs. H.E. Mr. Ramdien Sardjoe, the Vice President of Suriname was the Chief Guest

Other dignitaries in attendance included the Vice President of Mauritius and PIO Ministers from Singapore, Malaysia, Canada and South Africa, besides several union Ministers and the Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Other States/UTs who took part in the event include Haryana, Kerala, Maharashtra and Punjab and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Besides the inaugural and valedictory sessions, a total of 4 plenary sessions, 6 concurrent sessions, 7 regional sessions and 6 state sessions were organised during the Convention, with over 1500 delegates deliberating on matters of interest and concern to them. The Plenary Sessions focused on the subjects of ‘India as an Emerging Power: The Diaspora Factor’, ‘Reflections on Current Economic Crisis – Diaspora Concerns’, ‘Diaspora interaction with the States’ and ‘Indian Diaspora: Preservation of Language and Culture’. The subjects of deliberation in the cconcurrent sessions were on ‘Building Bridges: Trade & Investment’, ‘Diaspora Philanthropy’, ‘Education & Diaspora Knowledge Network’, ‘Media & Entertainment’, ‘Increased Interaction with Diaspora Women’ and ‘Health for All: Role of Diaspora’. Separate regional sessions on Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Gulf, USA and State Sessions were also held.


  • Largest attendance by Pravasi Bharatis in recent years.
  • Attendance by host of dignitaries from abroad.
  • PM launches Global Knowledge Network (Global INK).
  • Comprehensive e-Governance Project on Migration launched.
  • PM announces enabling framework for registered OCI professions to practice in India.
  • President calls for institution of separate awards for overseas workers.
  • Four plenary sessions, six concurrent sessions & seven regional sessions.
  • Intense discussions on current economic meltdown, India’s role as an emerging power, preservation of language and culture of Indian Diaspora.
  • State Sessions on Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.
  • Regional Working Sessions on Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Gulfand USA.


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 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 non-professional workers). It is conferred by the President of India as a part of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) conferences organized annually since 2003. PBSA is the highest honour conferred on overseas Indians. PBSA 2009 were conferred on the following:

Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awardees-2009

S. No.




Soman Baby Bahrain


Deepak Obhrai Canada


Ylias Akbaraly Madagascar


Tan Sri Dato’ Vadiveloo Govindasamy Malaysia


Angidi Veeriah Chettiar Mauritius


Ram Lakhina Netherlands


P.N.C. Menon Oman


Parmananthan Prema Naidoo South Africa


Ramdien Sardjoe Suriname


Jawaharalal Rijhumal Gangaramani UAE


Baroness Shreela Flather UK


Mr. Coimbatore Krishnao Prahalad USA


Mr. Sumit Ganguly USA


2nd Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, Singapore

A mini PBD titled ‘PBD Singapore’ was organized on 9-11 October 2008 in Singapore in partnership with the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and support of the Government of Singapore. The tagline for the event was “PBD Singapore: Towards a Dynamic Indian Diaspora”.

Prominent among there also who attended the Mini PBD were the Singaporean dignitaries such as Mr S R Nathan, President, Mr Lee Hsien Loong Prime Minister, Professor S Jayakumar, Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Goh Chok Tong, Senior Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Minister Mentor and Mr. S Iswaran, Senior Minister of State. Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Prime Minister of Mauritius and Datuk Dr S Subramaniam Sathasivam, Minister of Human Resources, Malaysia were also among the dignitaries who attended the Mini PBD. From India, Shri Vayalar Ravi, Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs and Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of Earth Science and Science & Technology attended the Mini PBD.