13th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (PBD) 2015 concluded on 9 January 2015 in Gujarat. PBD is the flagship event of Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA).
The event concluded with giving away Pravasi Bharatiya Samman awards to 15 members of the Indian Diaspora by the Vice-President Hamid Ansari.
The chief guest of the 13th PBD was Guyana President Donald Ramotar. The theme of 2015 PBD was Bharat ko jano and Bharat ko mano.
PBD conventions are being held every year since 2003 and are celebrated on 9th January every year to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community in the development of India.
The 13th edition of PBD marked the 100th year of Mahatma Gandhi’s return to India from South Africa.
So far, twelve PBDs have been held in various places of India as follows:
Year Venue Chief Guest
2014 New Delhi Datuk Seri. G. Palanivel, President of the Malaysian Indian Congress
2013 Kochi Rajkeswur Purryag, President, Mauritius
2012 Jaipur H.E. Ms. Kamla Persad Bissessar, Trinidad and Tobago
2011 New Delhi Sir Anand Satyanand, Governor General, New Zealand
2010 New Delhi Dr. Khalid Hameed, Chairman, Alpha Hospital Group, UK
2009 Chennai Dr. Ramdien Sardjoe, Vice President, Suriname
2008 New Delhi Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Prime Minister, Mauritius
2007 New Delhi Prof. S. Jayakumar, Dy. Prime Minister, Singapore
2006 Hyderabad Ahmed Kathrada, Political Activist and a Contemporary of Nelson Mandela
2005 Mumbai J.R. Ajodhia, Vice President, Suriname
2004 New Delhi Bharrat Jagdeo, President, Guyana
2003 New Delhi Sir Anerood Jugnauth, Prime Minister, Mauritius
When: 9 January 2015
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