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PBD Convention

Consulate General of India
Sao Paulo



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

            The Registration process for participation in PBD 2019 has been launched  with the inauguration of the PBD website

            PBD 2019 spans over a period of six days from 21-26 January 2019 with over 5000 participants expected to join the PBD Convention.    Participants will have the option to choose their stay either in hotel or tented Swiss cottages in Varanasi (Prayagraj near the Sangam for those who would like to partake in the Kumbh Mela) when they register on the website. Accommodation at Prayagraj and the number of tickets for the Republic Day are limited and will be provided on first come first serve basis.  Arrangements are also being made for local transpot 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.  Special buses are arranged for visit to Prayagraj and special trains to visit Delhi with arrangemens for participation in the Republic Day Parade.   Lunch and Dinner will be provided for all the three days of PBD Convention.  PBD 2019 will provide an opportunity for the Diaspora participants to experience India’s rich cultural heritage and progress and innovation through Cultural Evenings and Exhibitions that are being arranged as part of PBD 2019. The detailed programme is give below:

17 September 2018

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.


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