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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention 2019


Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention 2019

       The 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is being organised at Varanasi from January 21-23, 2019 in partnership with State of Uttar Pradesh. This time, the participants will also have the opportunity to participate in Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj and Republic Day celebrations at New Delhi. 

       On September 15, 2018 External Affairs Minister and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh jointly inaugurated the PBD website, thus commencing the registration process for participating in the PBD 2019.  The registration will be open for 2 months till November 15, 2018.   The registration, program and payment details are available on the PBD website. The link for the PBD 2019 website is .  

       The entire duration of the programme spans six days - from January 21 to 26, 2019; however, participation in Kumbh Mela and witnessing Republic Day Parade is optional. The participants will have the option to choose their stay either in hotel or tented Swiss cottages in Varanasi when they register on the website. Tented accommodations will be arranged at Prayagraj near the Sangam for those who choose to attend Kumbh Mela. As number of accommodation in Prayagraj and number of tickets for Republic Day Parade are limited, these would be provided on first come first serve basis.

       Transport arrangements are also being made for pick and drop to the venue and guided tours for local sightseeing in and around Varanasi and Prayagraj, including  visit to Kashi Vishwanath temple and River Ganga Aarti at Varanasi. Participants will be taken to Prayagraj in Special AC Volvo coaches and taken to Delhi in Special AC trains. Arrangements are also being made for their participation in the Republic Day Parade.  There will be arrangements for meals on all the 3 days of the PBD Convention. Our Diaspora participants will also experience India’s rich cultural heritage and progress and innovation through Cultural Evenings and Exhibitions that are being arranged as part of PBD 2019.  

       Programme of PBD Convention is enclosed. We encourage early registration by members of the Community.


September 18, 2018

New York


Programme for Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 to be held

on 21-23 January, 2019 at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh


21 January 2019 – Monday

Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas



09:30 hrs-11:00hrs

Inauguration of Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Special Guest His Excellency Mr. Himanshu Gulati, Member of Parliament, Norway

Guest of Honour His Excellency Mr. Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Member of Parliament, New Zealand

11:30-13:00 hrs

Plenary Session: Engagement with Younger Members of Indian Diaspora

13:00-14:30 hrs

Lunch hosted by Shri Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports

14:30-21:00 hrs

Interaction with Banaras Hindu University Students (Banaras Hindu University Campus Campus)

Dinner hosted by Shri Chetan Chouhan, Minister of State for Sports & Youth Welfare for youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas participants


Inauguration of Uttar Pradesh State Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Simultaneous event)

Cultural programme (Showcasing dance and music of Uttar Pradesh) in the Evening

Dinner hosted by Shri Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for State Pravasi Bharatiya Divas participants 


22 January 2019 - Tuesday

Inauguration of 15th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention 2019



10:00 hrs-12:30 hrs

Plenary I: Inauguration of 15th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention 2019

Chief Guest His Excellency Shri Pravind Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Mauritius

Address by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi

Joint Unveiling of Plaque of Mauritius Diaspora Centre by both Prime Ministers

Bharat Ko Janiye Quiz Award Ceremony & Group Photo

13:00-14:30 hrs

Lunch for delegates

14:00-15:30 hrs

Plenary Session II: Developing Cyber Capacity of India

16:00-17:30 hrs

Plenary Session III: Giving Back to India: Opportunities and Challenges

18:00-19:30 hrs

Cultural Programme (organised by Indian Council for Cultural Relations)

20:00 hrs onwards

Dinner hosted by Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs


23 January 2019 - Wednesday

15th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention



09:00-10:20 hrs

Plenary Session IV : Indian Community Organizations Working for Indian Nationals in Distressed Situation

10:20-11:40 hrs

Plenary Session V : Indian Diaspora's Role in Capacity Building of Artificial Intelligence in India

11:40-12:00 hrs

Tea Break

12:00-13:30 hrs

Plenary Session VI : Role of Indian Diaspora in Capacity Building for Affordable Waste Management

13:30-15:00 hrs     

Lunch hosted by Shri Ram Naik, Hon'ble Governor of Uttar Pradesh

15:00-16:30 hrs      

Plenary Session VII : Role of India Diaspora in Capacity Building for Affordable Solar Power

17:00-18:30 hrs

Valedictory Session and Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards Ceremony by Hon'ble President

20:00 hrs

Dinner hosted by Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, President, Indian Council of Cultural Relations


24 January, Thursday

In Prayagraj (Visit to Kumbh Mela)

Participants would arrive in Prayagraj by bus (Volvo AC Bus). Arrangements for holy bathing at Sangam

25 January, Friday

In Delhi

After Kumbh Mela, participants would travel from Prayagraj to Delhi by train (two-tier AC coaches)

26 January, Saturday

Witnessing the 70th Republic Day Event in New Delhi

Special passes for foreign delegates of PBD 2019 have been arranged for the Republic Day Parade.