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  • 09 January, 2023

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Convention for the 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas

Convention for the 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas

  • On January 9, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is observed to recognise the contribution of the community of Overseas Indians to the advancement of India.
  • In Indore, Madhya Pradesh, the Prime Minister opened the 17th three-day Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention as well as a digital display on the role of the diaspora in the freedom movement. On this occasion, he also issued the commemorative stamp "Surakshit Jaayen, Prashikshit Jaayen."

What is Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas?


  • The day of PBD was chosen because Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest Pravasi, returned to India from South Africa on this day in 1915, spearheaded the country's campaign for independence, and forever altered Indian society.
  • Although this holiday was established in 2003, it was updated in 2015 and agreed to be observed every two years. During that time, a conference with a specific theme was organised annually.
  • Every two years, PBD conventions are held.
  • "Diaspora: Reliable partners for India's prosperity in Amrit Kaal" is the topic for PBD 2023.
  • The government also bestows the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award on this day.
  • It is the highest honour given to a Non-Resident Indian (NRI), Person of Indian Origin (PIO), organisation, or institution founded and operated by an NRI or PIO, who has made a substantial contribution to a deeper understanding of India overseas and actively supports India's interests and concerns.
  • Meaning: This day is important because it gives the Indian population living abroad a forum to engage with both the local populace and the government.
  • The conferences help the overseas Indian community, which has members living all over the world, connect with one another and share experiences in a variety of sectors.

What are the government's initiatives for Indians living abroad?

  • PKVY, or Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana: to formalise the process of emigrant Indian employees' skill development.
  • SPDC, or the Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children, PIO and NRI students are eligible to apply for 100 scholarships each year for undergraduate studies.
  • KIP: Know India Program- It introduces young people (18–30 years old) of Indian descent to modern India and their Indian ancestry.

Source: PIB

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