India acknowledge PIO role NATION BUILDINGby Opinion Express January 1, 2012 0 comments
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is an annual affair, which is organized by the Government of India to recognize the contributions of NRI’s and PIO’s who have excelled in their chosen fields. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is an International event held every year in the first week of January. The event offers a platform where all discusses issues concerning the Indian Diaspora. As India marches ahead to become a global player, the role of PIO community becomes extremely important because they remains the face of India to the global community.
The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and FICCI sponsored the first Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. The event was celebrated in the year 2003 from January 9 to January 11. The main highlight of the first event was to create ‘consciousness of Global Indian Family’. The second Pravasi Bharatiya Divas aimed at having close interaction of the Indian Diaspora with the Central and State government to define new policy initiatives for the Diaspora and exploring business opportunities in India within the Diaspora.
The third Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was held in Mumbai and attended by large number of Indian political and business leaders, professionals, scientists and innovators from Indian Diaspora. The third Pravasi Bharatiya Divas provided a unique networking opportunity and also strengthened India’s relation with the Indian Diaspora. The fourth one was held in Hyderabad in the year 2006 with the focus on Indian Diaspora knowledge network, opportunities in education, Indian Diaspora youth and a lot many topics.
The History of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas held annually clearly shows that main highlights and objectives of the events so far has been to promote understanding and relation of the Indian Diaspora with India and benefiting both in the process. The event has also attracted large number of celebrities like political leaders, business leaders etc. making it more interesting and enriching for the participants. It offer an opportunity to create networking within Diaspora and interaction with the policy makers in India provides an opportunity to come closer to policy makers for facilitation eradication of grievances, bottle necks and red-tapism.
The Diaspora Services Division of the Ministry deals with all matters related to Overseas Indians, comprising Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Non Resident Indians (NRIs) which are not specifically allocated to other Ministries/Departments of the Government of India or other Divisions of the Ministry. These include organization of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas conventions and Mini-PBDs, conferment of Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award, dissemination of information concerning admission of NRI/PIO students to various educational, technical and cultural institutions in India wherever discretionary quota for NRI/PIO students exists and issues related to NRI women. The following schemes are run by the Diaspora Services Division: Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI), Know India Programme (KIP), Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC), Tracing the Roots, Establishment of PIO/NRI Universities in India, Legal And Financial Assistance to Indian Women Deserted by their Overseas Indian Spouses.
– OENews Bureau