The 14th edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held in Bengaluru from January 7-9, 2017, where around 3,000 people are likely to participate. The PBD was launched by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 2003 to step up India’s engagement with its 25 million diaspora and annual congregation of NRIs and Persons of India origins had continued as an annual event till 2015. Last year government had decided to make it a biennial event.
While unveiling a new logo and a portal for the three-day event, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that the event will be a “result-oriented” instead of a cultural function. “People coming from abroad will not go back only clicking selfies or photographs and having food… For the first time you will see a totally transformed PBD,” she said.
The participants can register themselves through the portal that also gives all the information and details about the event. The registration fee has been reduced this time and fixed as $100 for the January 9 event, she added.
“Till a few years ago, the number of participants was in hundreds. Last year it was around 2,500 and this year we are expecting around 3,000 people and the actual number may go up,” she said.