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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Chennai 2010



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.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (C) Lord Khalid Hameed CBE DL Hampstead (L) and Indian Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi light a lamp during the opening ceremony of the Eighth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2010 (Overseas Indian Conference) in New Delhi on January 8, 2010.

The 8th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention was held in New Delhi from 7th to 9th January, 2010. The Convention was organised in partnership with the Government of NCT of Delhi. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) was the institutional partner. It was inaugurated by the Prime Minister on 08.01.2010 and the valedictory address was delivered by the President on 09.01.2010. The President also conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award on 14 distinguished PIOs/NRIs. Lord Khalid Hameed CBE DL Hampstead was the Chief Guest.

The two-day convention saw a record participation of over 1500 delegates. These included 16 Members of the Prime Minister’s Global Advisory Council and 8 PIO Ministers, besides 12 Union Ministers and 5 Chief Ministers and other Indian and PIO dignitaries.

The flagship event of the Ministry was widely acclaimed as a grand success both for its organizational aspects and its substantive content, as also for the choice of speakers and the topicality of the themes chosen for deliberation at its various sessions. The two pre-conferences seminars on Nano-technology and Property-related issues of overseas Indians drew enthusiastic participation of all stake-holders and came in for appreciation from several quarters. The first meeting of the Prime Minister’s Global Advisory Council was another highlight of this year’s mega-event.

The Convention had three Plenary Sessions - Diaspora: Role and Expectations, Diaspora: Interests and Concerns & Skills Development; six concurrent sessions - Returning to 9% Growth: Diaspora Connect , Leveraging Knowledge Networks: Global-Ink, Thousands of Fireflies: Diaspora Philanthropy, Diaspora Women in Cross-Cultural Environments, Indians and the Gulf and Future of PBDs and the Road Ahead as well as separate State Sessions..............