Established : 2003
Organiser : Ministry of External Affairs
2021 Theme : Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is celebrated once in every two years to strengthen the engagement of the overseas Indian community with the Government of India and reconnect them with their roots. The 16th PBD Convention is being held Virtually on 9 January, 2021 in New Delhi. The theme of 16th Pravasi Bharatiya DivasConvention 2021 is "Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat".
PBD Convention inaugurated by Shri Narendra Modi, the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India. The Inaugural session will be followed by the two virtual Plenary sessions where discussions between eminent diaspora experts will be held on themes–
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on 9th January every year to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community in the development of India. January 9 was chosen as the day to celebrate this occasion since it was on this day in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest Pravasi, returned to India from South Africa, led India’s freedom struggle and changed the lives of Indians forever.
PBD conventions are being held every year since 2003. Since 2015, its format has been revised to celebrate the PBD once every two years and to hold theme-based PBD Conferences during the intervening period with participation from overseas diaspora experts, policy makers and stakeholders. These conventions provide a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with the government and people of the land of their ancestors for mutually beneficial activities. These conventions are also very useful in networking among the overseas Indian community residing in various parts of the world and enable them to share their experiences in various fields.
Sources : PIB