Pravasi Bhartiya Divas is annually celebrated on January 9 to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community towards their homeland. The Pravasi Bhartiya Divas conferences began in 2003 as engagement and networking platforms for overseas Indians, the government and the people of India. During the event, Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award is also given to individuals of exceptional merit to appreciate their role in India's growth. The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention features plenary sessions, an exhibition, cultural programmes and provides an opportunity to interact with other overseas Indians, policy makers, political leadership and others. The Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2018 was held during January 6-7, 2018 at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
Historic Significance of January 9
Historically, it was January 9, 1915, when Mahatma Gandhi left South Africa and returned to India to lead India's independence struggle.
Venues Where Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Conferences Have Been Held So Far:
2003: New Delhi
2004: New Delhi
2007: New Delhi
2008: New Delhi
2010: New Delhi
2011: New Delhi
2014: New Delhi
2015: Gandhi Nagar