The Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas became a bi-annual event (once every two years) in 2015. This year, after the modalities were all finalised and drawn up, the Chief Minister of Karnataka, at a Joint Press Conference organised earlier, said that it gives him … “immense pleasure” to share with the media that the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017 will take place at Bengaluru in Karnataka state. He expressed thanks to the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, for giving Karnataka an opportunity to host the 14th PBD in Bengaluru. He said that the “Government of Karnataka is keen to host the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas between the 7th to the 9th of January 2017” … and … “it gives us an opportunity to revitalize this idea of Indian-ness. This is the first time that PBD is being organized in Karnataka and I assure you that my Government will leave no stone unturned to make this event, a grand success.”
So there you have it. The Ministry of External Affairs will be organising the event in collaboration with the state Government of Karnataka. As usual large numbers of NRIs & PIOs are expected to attend. On the 9th our President HE Pranab Mukerji will honour some overseas Indians for their services to the community or for their role in cementing India’s relations with the country of their adoption. The theme of PBD 2017 is “Redefining Engagement with the Indian Diaspora.”
Every delegate participating in PBD 2017 – including Officials, Performers, Exhibitors, Sponsors, event Manager, Organiser, etc., will need to register online for the Convention. Access to the PBD venue will need a Delegate badge – which may be obtained only after completing all steps in the registration process and subject to security verification. Registration is deemed complete when all steps are fulfilled completed online, including the payment of registration fees. Once the fee is paid, delegates will get an automated receipt, which will enable him/her to obtain the delegate badge and entitle them for availing special rates exclusively available for PBD 2017 delegates in the Hotels of Bengaluru. For some more detailed information, we advice you visit: https://pbdindia.gov.in/how-register
Fees are likely to be revised upwards after 30th November 2016. Further, requests for refund of delegate fees will also not be entertained after 07 December 2016. The last date for online registration is set to 07 December 2016, after which no more registrations will be accepted. Walk-ins and local registrations are not available.
For details regarding Visa, you will need to visit: www.indianvisaonline.gov.in
The venue for the PBD is: Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), Bengaluru, 10th Mile, Tumkur Road, Madavara Post, Dasanapura Hobli, Bengaluru 562 123, INDIA. You could also visit BIEC’s website at http://www.biec.in to know what facilities are available at the venue.
HIGHLIGHTS OF PBD 2017
7 January 2017
- Inaugural address Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs.
- Session: Problems faced by Indian Students abroad and NRI Students in India.
- Session: Start-ups & Innovations which have a Social Impact in India.
- Session: Disruptive Innovations- Start-up Eco-system in Karnataka.
- Cultural Programme: Showcasing Dance & Music of Karnataka.
8 January 2017
- Keynote Address by Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi.
- Chief Ministers Session: Some Chief Ministers to address delegates.
- Session: Diaspora contributing to India’s Social & Dev. Efforts.
- Session: Accelerating Tourism in India.
- Cultural Programme: Showcasing Dance & Music of India.
9 January 2017
- Session: Managing Emigration of Indian Workers to ECR countries
- Session: Role of Diaspora in Transferring Knowledge and Encouraging Innovation
- Session: Invest Karnataka – Innovate, Invent and Invest in Karnataka
- Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards – Conferred by President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee
- 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention Concludes.