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A Complete Guide of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 in Varanasi

A Complete Guide of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 in Varanasi
Last Updated: December 22, 2018 /

Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas is a celebratory day observed to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community. Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas is observed on 9th January by the Republic of India and also marks the day when Gandhi returned to Indian from South Africa.

History of Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas

Established in the year 2000, the event is organised by the Ministry of External Affairs in collaboration with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the Confederation of Indian Industries and Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region. Since, its inception, the event has been organised every year from 9-11 January, however, since 2015 the event was declared as a biennial. For the year 2019, the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas would be organised from 21-23 January in the spiritual capital of India, Varanasi.

Dates For Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas 2019

For the year 2019, the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas would be organised from 21-23 January in the spiritual capital of India, Varanasi.

Theme of Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas 2019

Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas is a theme-based event and for the year 2019, the theme is Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India. Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas 2019 would be organised by Ministry of External Affairs in collaboration with Uttar Pradesh State Government and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Purpose of Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas

PBD Inaugrations 2019

Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas is a day to celebrate the contribution of the overseas Indian community and the event also provides them with the platform to interact with the Government of India. The event also works as a forum for issues pertaining to the Indian Diaspora. Pravasi Bharatiya Saman Awards are the major attractions of the event.

Itinerary of Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas 2019

Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas 2019 celebration will be celebrated from 21-23 January, with the event coinciding with the Prayag Kumbh Mela 2019. Also, the event is in sync with the Republic Day Celebration on 26th January.

Day 1: January 21, 2019 – Monday

Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Time Session/Programme
09:30-11:10 hours Inauguration of Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas 2019 in the presence of Mr Himanshu Gulati, Member of Parliament, Norway and Mr Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Member of Parliament, New Zealand.
11:30-13:00 hours Plenary Session: Engagement with the young members of Indian Diaspora.
13:00-14:30 hours Lunch hosted by Shri Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State(Independent Charge) Youth Affairs and Sports
14:30-21:00 hours
  • Interaction with Banaras Hindu University students
  • Dinner hosted by Shri Chetan Chouhan, Minister of State for Sports & Youth Welfare for the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas participants
11:30-17:30 hours Inauguration of Uttar Pradesh Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(simultaneous event)
18:00-19:00 hours Cultural programme showcasing the dance and music of Uttar Pradesh
19:00 hours onwards Dinner hosted by Shri Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas participants

Day 2 : January 22, 2019 – Tuesday

Inauguration of 15th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention 2019

Date Session/Programme
10:00-12:10 hours
  • Plenary I: Inauguration of 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas convention 2019
  • Address by Smt Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs
  • Address by Shri Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
  • Book release of Mauritius Professor Reshmi Ramdhony
  • Keynote Address by Chief Guest, Prime Minister of Mauritius, H.E. Shri Pravind Jugnauth.
  • “Bharat ko Janiye Quiz” Award Ceremony and Group photo
  • Address by Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi
  • Vote of Thanks by Gen(Dr) V K Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs
12:10-14:00 hours Lunch for delegates
15:00-16:30 hours Plenary II: Developing Cyber capacity of India
16:45-18:15 hours Plenary III: Giving Back to India: Opportunities and Challenges
19:00-20:30 hours Cultural Programme organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)
20:30 hours onwards Dinner hosted by Smt Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs

Day 3: January 23, 2019 – Wednesday

15th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention

Date Session/Programme
09:00-10:15 hours Plenary Session IV: Indian Community Organisations working for Indian nationals in distressed situations
10:30-11:45 hours Plenary Session V: Role of Indian Diaspora in capacity building of Artificial Intelligence in India
12:00-13:15 hours Plenary Session VI: Indian Diaspora’s role in capacity building for affordable Waste Management
13:30-14:45 hours Lunch hosted by Hon’ble Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Ram Naik
15:00-16:15 hours Plenary Session VII: Role of India Diaspora in capacity building for affordable Solar Power
17:00-18:30 hours Valedictory Session and Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards Ceremony by Hon’ble President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind

  • Welcome Address by Smt Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs
  • Remarks by Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Yogi Adityanath
  • Conferment of Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards by Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind
  • Valedictory Address by Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind
  • Vote of Thanks by Shri Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, Secretary (CPV & OIA), Ministry of External Affairs
20:00 hours onwards Dinner hosted by President, Indian Council of Cultural Relations, Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe

How to Be Part of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019?

To be the part of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, you would need to register yourself on their website, here. The charges for Registrations are –

Indian Nationals/Non-resident Indians

Days Charges
One day INR 5,000
Any two days INR 7,500
All three days INR 10,000

Person of Indian Origin

Days Charges
One day US$ 150
Two days US$ 200
Three days US$ 250

The registration fee includes meals (lunch and dinner at the Conference venue) during the Conference period. A Conference bag with the programme, access to lunch and dinner venues, cultural programmes will be provided to the participants on arrival.

Delegates can pick up the Conference Bag from the special counters set up at the PBD Convention venue from 19 January 2019.

Explore Varanasi While You Are in India for Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 Celebration

Varanasi Ghat

Varanasi – The Spiritual Capital of India

Nestled amidst the banks of Ganga, the holy city of Varanasi is a spiritual journey across the heartlands of India. From the holy Ganga to the numerous holy temples, Varanasi is a pilgrimage destination which is believed to be the land of salvation. From popular tourist attractions to sightseeing tour of Varanasi, the experience will help you introspect and liberate your soul. One of the oldest cities in India, Varanasi holds many secrets that can only be known by visiting there. With day sightseeing tour around Varanasi offering an insight into the religious heritage of Varanasi, there are many popular tourist attractions in Varanasi that will also satiate your travel appetite.

Places to Visit during Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Varanasi

While you might be in Varanasi for Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, no trip to Varanasi would ever be complete without exploring the spiritual and religious heritage of the city. If you happen to have an extra day or two on your hand, sightseeing tour of Varanasi is the best way to end your trip to Varanasi for Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019.

Assi Ghat: One of the tourist attractions in Varanasi, Assi Ghat is where pilgrimage pay homage to Lord Shiva. Witnessing the evening aarti at Assi Ghat is one of the top things to do during Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas in Varanasi.

Dashashwamedh Ghat: One of the most vibrant ghats in Varanasi, Dashashwamedh Ghat is considered to be the main ghat of Varanasi for religious prayers and aarti. Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat is a major attraction in Varanasi.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple: The only Jyotirlinga in Uttar Pradesh, Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the most famous temples in India. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas and the temple finds its mention in many holy scriptures.

Ramnagar Fort & Museum: Located opposite to the famous Tulsi Ghat, the 18th-century remains of fort narrates the tales of Mughal history in the city. The fort also houses a museum showcasing old vintage American cars, medieval costumes, ivory works and a giant astronomical clock.

Tulsi Manas Temple: One of the most important places to visit during Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Varanasi is the Tulsi Manas Temple. It is believed to be the place where Tulsi Das wrote the Hindu epic Ramayana in the Awadhi dialect.

The Banaras Silk Emporium: Pride of Varanasi, The Banaras Silk is best showcased in The Banaras Silk Emporium. Banarasi Silk is a world famous and if you wish to buy the original Banaras Silk products, this is the place to be.

Bharatiya Pravasi Divas in Varanasi would be a blend of the event and the city. Showcasing the enchanting city of Varanasi, the event offers you a chance to explore the city of divinity. So, register yourself for the event and enjoy the best of both the worlds at Bharatiya Pravasi Divas 2019.

Well, if you’re looking for such spiritual and cultural tours in Varanasi during Bharatiya Pravasi Divas 2019, you can contact us at Tour My India. You can call us at +91-9212553106 or send us your queries at info@tourmyindia.com and we’ll get back to you with the best travel packages where you can pick the one that suits you the most.

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First Published on: 10 Dec, 2014
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