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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Conference in Delhi from 8th to 10th January 2016

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(PBD) Conference 2016 is to be held at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, Jose Rizal Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110021 from 08th – 10th January, 2016. The PBD Conference 2016 is being planned differently with an objective for developing a new paradigm for engagement with the Diaspora over the next decade. After the inaugural session, PBD conference 2016 will have a Plenary Session, with the Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs and Cabinet Ministers of Government of India and Chief Ministers of States attending it. Fourteen (14) Working Groups consisting 7 -8 overseas experts from all over the world and 2 -3 Indian experts will then discuss various issues of national importance. The Committee Chairs will finalise and present reports by next day to the Government. There will be a valedictory session thereafter.
Participation in the PBD Conference will be through invitation only and not through the on-line registration as in earlier PBDs. The Indian Missions/Posts abroad have been addressed to identify eminent overseas experts from among overseas Indians on the subjects identified. While the earlier PBDs focussed only on meetings with the Diaspora, PBD Conference 2016 would be an attempt to do an expert study on various issues concerning the Diaspora and areas of mutual benefit to India and to them.  It was felt that the relevant issues have to be examined at this stage objectively with expert opinion.  This would be essential for making new policies for the benefit of India and the Diaspora. The traditional PBD convention will be held every alternative year, with the partner State.