About Us Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019- Last Date of Registration: 15th December 2018.

PravasiBharatiya Divas Convention 2019

  • The 15th PravasiBharatiya Divas(PBD) is being organized at Varanasi on 21-23 January 2019 in partnership with State of Uttar Pradesh. This time, the participants will also have the opportunity to participate in KumbhMela at Prayagraj and Republic Day celebrations at New Delhi.
  • External Affairs Minister and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh have, in a joint press conference in New Delhi on 15 September 2018, jointly inaugurated the PBD Website www.pbdindia.gov.in, thereby, commencing the registration process for participating in the PBD 2019.
  • Last date of registration is 15 November 2018. The registration, program and payment details are available on the PBD website www.pbdindia.gov.in
  • The entire duration of the programme spans six days - from 21 January to 26 January, 2019. However, participation in KumbhMela and witness Republic Day Parade is optional.
  • Arrangements: 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 accommodations will be arranged at Prayagraj near the Sangam for those who choose to partake in the KumbhaMela. As 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. There will aslo be arrangement for local transport for pick and drop 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. Participants will be taken to Prayagraj in Special AC Volvo coaches and brought back to Delhi in Special AC trains. Arrangements are also being made for their participation in the Republic Day Parade. Lunches and dinners will be arranged for all the 3 days of PBD Convention. Diaspora participants will also experience India’s rich cultural heritage and progress and innovation through Cultural Evenings and Exhibitions that are being arranged as part of PBD 2019.
  • Programme of PBD 2019 is given below:

Programme for PravasiBharatiya Divas 2019 to be held 
on 21-23 January, 2019 at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
21 January 2019 – Monday
Youth PravasiBharatiya Divas




  • Inauguration of Youth PravasiBharatiya 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 PravasiBharatiya Divas participants


  • Inauguration of Uttar Pradesh State PravasiBharatiya 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 PravasiBharatiya Divas participants 


22 January 2019 - Tuesday
Inauguration of 15thPravasiBhartiya Divas Convention 2019



10:00-12:30 hrs

Plenary I:Inauguration of 15th PravasiBhartiya Divas Convention 2019
Chief Guest His Excellency Shri PravindJugnauth, Prime Minister of Mauritius
Address by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi
Joint Unveiling of Plaque of Mauritius Diaspora Centre by both Prime Ministers
Bharat KoJaniye Quiz Award Ceremony & Group Photo

13:00-14:30 hrs

Lunch for delegates

14:00-15:30 hrs

Plenary Session II: Developing Cyber Capacity of India

16:00-17:30 hrs

Plenary Session III: Giving Back to India: Opportunities and Challenges

18:00-19:30 hrs

Cultural Programme (organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations)

20:00 hrs onwards

Dinner hosted by Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs


23 January 2019 - Wednesday
15thPravasiBhartiya Divas Convention



09:00-10:20 hrs

Plenary Session IV : Indian Community Organizations Working for Indian Nationals in Distressed Situation

10:20-11:40 hrs

Plenary Session V : Indian Diaspora's Role in Capacity Building of Artificial Intelligence in India

11:40-12:00 hrs

Tea Break

12:00-13:30 hrs

Plenary Session VI : Role of Indian Diaspora in Capacity Building for Affordable Waste Management

13:30-15:00 hrs     

Lunch hosted by Shri Ram Naik, Hon'ble Governor of Uttar Pradesh

15:00-16:30 hrs      

Plenary Session VII : Role of India Diaspora in Capacity Building for Affordable Solar Power

17:00-18:30 hrs

Valedictory Session and PravasiBharatiyaSamman Awards Ceremony by Hon'ble President

20:00 hrs

Dinner hosted by Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, President, Indian Council of Cultural Relations

24 January, Thursday


In Prayagraj (Visit to KumbhMela)

Participants would arrive in Prayagraj by bus (Volvo AC Bus). Arrangements for holy bathing at Sangam

25 January, Friday


In Delhi

After KumbhMela, participants would travel from Prayagraj to Delhi by train (two-tier AC coaches)

26 January, Saturday


Witnessing the 70th Republic Day Event in New Delhi

Special passes for foreign delegates of PBD 2019 have been arranged for the Republic Day Parade.