PRAVASI BHARTIYA DIWAS 2006 TO BE HELD IN HYDERABAD
The Fourth Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas (PBD) will be organised
by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs in Hyderabad
from 7-9 January, 2006. This was announced by the
Minister of State (Independent charge) for Overseas
Indian Affairs, Shri Jagdish Tytler, here today.
The Minister said that Hyderabad has been chosen
in view of it being a prominent historical, cultural
and commercial city of Southern India as well as a
leading IT, bio-tech and high-tech destination. The
State of Andhra Pradesh has a large overseas Indian
population consisting of both well placed professionals
all over the world and emigrant workers mostly in
the Gulf who have contributed significantly to Indias
The Government of India has decided to take PBD from
one State to the other year after year and use the
PBD platform to showcase the achievements of that
State and the Region as well as project the strengths
of the Indian federation and highlight aspects of
unity in diversity.
The inaugural session will be held at the Cyberabad
Convention Centre while the Shilpakala Vedika at nearby
Madhapur will be the main venue for plenary and other
sessions and the Shilparamam Art Complex will be the
location for cultural programs and art and craft displays
from various States of India. The HITEX Complex or
the Shilpakala Vedika Complex will host the trade,
business, banking and investment stalls as well as
pavilions put up by various States depicting their
developments and showcasing leading projects inviting
Overseas Indian participation.
As on previous occasions, this time also the event
will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister on 7th January.
Rashtrapatiji will confer the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman
awards on 9th January. There will be a plenary session
with Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs and a special
session on a selected topic. Besides this, thematic
sessions on investment, education, healthcare, rural
development etc. will be held. There will also be
an interactive session with 3-4 State Governments.
Four cultural evenings including Diaspora youth cultural
groups, folk music and dance presentation by Indian
groups, a show based on cinema and a sound and light
show will be organised during the event.
The event will be the second direct engagement of
the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs with the Indian
Diaspora and provide an opportunity to the Government
to reiterate its continued commitment to build strong
and sustainable parternerships with the overseas Indian