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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019

Posted on: September 19, 2018 | Back | Print

As you may be aware that the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is being organised at Varanasi from 21-23 January, 2019 in partnership with State of Uttar Pradesh.  This time the participants will also have the opportunity to participate in Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj and Republic Day celebrations at New Delhi.

         Those who are interested to participate, may find the registration, programme and payment details on the PBD website: www.pbdindia.gov.in

         The registration will be open till 15 November, 2018

         In preparations for the mega-event of PBD 2019, Government will be making arrangements for travel and stay of over 5000 participants that are expected to join the PBD Conventon.  The entire duration of the programme will be six days – 21 – 26 January, 2019.  Participation in the Kumbh Mela and witnessing the Republic Day parade, is optional. The participants will have the option to choose their stay either in hotel or tented Swiss cottages in Varanasi when they register on the website.  Tented accommodation will be arranged at Prayagraj near the Sangam for those who choose to participate in the Kumbh Mela.  As the number of accommodation in Prayagraj and number of tickets for Republic Day parade are limited, these would be provided on first-come-first-serve basis.  Local transport for pick-up and drop-off to the venue and guided tours for local sightseeing in and around Varanasi and Prayagraj, including visit to Kashi Vishwanath temple and River Ganga Aarti at Varanasi will also be arranged by the Government.  Participants will be taken to Prayagraj in Special airconditioned Volvo coaches and brought back to Delhi in Special airconditioned trains.  Arrangemnets are also being made for their participation in the Republic Day parade.  Lunches and dinners are also being arranged for all the 3 days of PBD convention.  The participants will have the opportunity to experience India’s rich cultural heritage and progress and innovation through Cultural Evenings and Exhibitions that are being arranged as part of PBD 2019 celebrations. Detailed programme of the event is given below. 

         All members of the Indian diaspora community are requested to disseminate this information among their friends, relations and fellow Indians for larger participation in the PBD 2019.


(Tej Krishan)

Second Secretary (PPS) Pol & Culture



Programme for Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 to be held

on 21-23 January, 2019 at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh


21 January 2019 – Monday

Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas




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 hrs

Plenary Session: Engagement with Younger Members of Indian Diaspora

13:00-14:30 hrs

Lunch 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