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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention to be held in Bengaluru, Karnataka from 7-9 January, 2017

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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on 9 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. 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.

During the event, individuals of exceptional merit are honoured with the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award to appreciate their role in India's growth. The event also provides a forum for discussing key issues concerning the Indian Diaspora.

Hon'ble Minister of External Affairs (EAM) of India, Mrs. Sushma Swaraj and Chief Minister of Karnataka addressed a Joint Press Conference on 26 August, 2016 to announce that the 14th PBD Convention will be held from 7-9 January 2017 in Bengaluru. EAM also unveiled the new logo for PBD Convention and inaugurated a portal for PBD (www.pbdindia.gov.in).

The programme for the event and other details regarding PBD 2017 can be seen in the portal. Delegates have to register online and make payment of Registration Fees through the Payment Gateway on this portal.

Members of the Indian community are invited to register for the event at the earliest, since the deadline for registration is 7 December, 2017.

Prominent members of the overseas Indian community who have been invited by the Ministry to participate in PBD 2017 would be exempt from the Registration fees but will have to register online.

EAM's remarks at the Press Conference and photos of the Joint Press Conference are available on Ministry's website (www.mea.gov.in)


National Contest on Social Innovation

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) (Economic Diplomacy Division) and NITI Aayog (Atal Innovation Mission) are jointly organizing the National Contest on Social Innovation. The Contest shall identify and showcase 25 best socially relevant and scalable Innovations at the forthcoming Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2017 at Bengaluru.

2. Atal Innovation Mission & MEA in association with MyGov have launched the contest. Details and application form for the contest can be accessed at the link https://innovate.mygov.in/social-innovation-contest/

3. We encourage you to participate by sending in your applications highlighting your Innovations, on or before December 5, 2016, on which date the call for the application closes.

4. The top 25 innovators would be invited to exhibit their innovations at the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas celebrations. The MEA shall also facilitate the creation of a community of innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, grant bodies, and mentors to support the selected startups for commercialization and scale up.

External Affairs Minister's message for PBD 2017

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