15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention 2019

15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention 2019

Day #1 21 January, Monday

Youth PBD & Uttar Pradesh
State PBD

Joint inauguration of Youth PBD by External Affairs Minister and Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports. The event will bring limitless opportunities for the young Diaspora to engage with New India. Uttar Pradesh PBD is a unique opportunity for Pravasis from Uttar Pradesh to reconnect with the roots.

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 hrsPlenary Session: Engagement with Younger Members of Indian Diaspora
13:00-14:30 hrsLunch 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


Day #2 22 January, Tuesday

Inauguration of PBD Convention
by Prime Minister

Inauguration of 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention 2019 by Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India in the presence of Prime Minister of Mauritius, H.E. Pravind Jugnauth.

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 hrsLunch for delegates
14:00-15:30 hrsPlenary Session II: Developing Cyber Capacity of India
16:00-17:30 hrsPlenary Session III: Giving Back to India: Opportunities and Challenges
18:00-19:30 hrsCultural Programme (Organised by Indian Council for Cultural Relations)
20:00 hrs onwardsDinner hosted by Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs

Day #3 23 January, Wednesday

Valedictory Session & PBS
Awards by President

Conferment of Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards and Valedictory Address by President of India.

09:00-10:20 hrsPlenary Session IV : Indian Community Organizations Working for Indian Nationals in Distressed Situation
10:20-11:40 hrsPlenary Session V : Indian Diaspora’s Role in Capacity Building of Artificial Intelligence in India
11:40-12:00 hrsTea Break
12:00-13:30 hrsPlenary Session VI : Role of Indian Diaspora in Capacity Building for Affordable Waste Management
13:30-15:00 hrsLunch hosted by Shri Ram Naik, Hon’ble Governor of Uttar Pradesh
15:00-16:30 hrsPlenary Session VII : Role of India Diaspora in Capacity Building for Affordable Solar Power
17:00-18:30 hrsValedictory Session and Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards Ceremony by Hon’ble President
20:00 hrsDinner hosted by Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, President, Indian Council of Cultural Relations

Day #4 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

Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela is the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth, during which participants bathe or take a dip in a sacred river. The founding myth of the Kumbh Mela—attributed to the Puranas (collections of myth and legend)—recounts how the gods and demons fought over the pot (kumbha) of amrita, the elixir of immortality produced by their joint churning of the milky ocean. During the struggle, drops of the elixir fell on the Kumbh Mela’s four earthly sites, and the rivers are believed to turn back into that primordial nectar at the climactic moment of each, giving pilgrims the chance to bathe in the essence of purity, auspiciousness, and immortality.

The festival is held at Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik every four years by rotation and is attended by millions of people irrespective of caste, creed or gender. Its primary bearers, however, belong to akhadas and ashrams, religious organizations, or are individuals living on alms. Kumbh Mela plays a central spiritual role in the country, exerting a mesmeric influence on ordinary Indians. The event encapsulates the science of astronomy, astrology, spirituality, ritualistic traditions, and social and cultural customs and practices, making it extremely rich in knowledge. Knowledge and skills related to the tradition are transmitted through ancient religious manuscripts, oral traditions, historical travelogues and texts produced by eminent historians. However, the teacher-student relationship of the sadhus in the ashrams and akhadas remains the most important method of imparting and safeguarding knowledge and skills relating to

Day #5 25 January, Friday

In Delhi

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


Day #6 26 January, Saturday

Witnessing the

Witnessing the 70th Republic Day Event Republic Day Event

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

Source: https://www.pbdindia.gov.in/en/program-schedule

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