Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on 9th 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.
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.
In 2013, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (11th PBD) will be held at Kochi (Kerala) from January 7-9 where Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) is organizing partner of the summit. Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag would be the chief guest at the official inaugural session.
The 2012 Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (10th PBD) was held from 7–9 January 2012. The venue is Jaipur, Rajasthan. Chief Guest of this event is the Prime Minister of Trinidad andTobago, Ms. Kamla Persad Bissessa.