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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on 9 January every year to strengthen the engagement of the overseas Indian community with the Government, reconnect them with their roots and celebrate their achievements and contributions. PBD is celebrated on January 9 as it was on this day in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest Pravasi, returned to India from South Africa to lead Indiaâ€™s freedom struggle.
In 2015 the Government of India revised the format of PBD and re-energized its engagement with the Indian Diaspora to enable sustained and more substantive engagement. Following the review, the PBD Convention will be held once in two years in a city outside Delhi. In the intervening year, smaller, outcome-based PBD Conferences will be organized in New Delhi on issues of concern to the Indian Diaspora. It was decided that Indian Missions and Consulates will also celebrate PBD every year.
Through the first series of PBD Conferences which commenced in February 2016 the Government is proactively engaging with the Overseas Indians in an issue-based dialogue.
As a run up to PBD 2017, 10 PBD Conferences (panel discussions) have been held in 2016 on issues of importance to the Indian Diaspora. Domain experts from the Diaspora, and stakeholders and policy makers based in India have been invited for day-long deliberations on various topics. Their recommendations have been submitted to the Government of India for consideration. At the 14th PBD Convention in January 2017, each PBD Conference will present their recommendations, and the Action Taken Report to PBD delegates for their suggestions and comments.
The 14th PBD Convention January 2017:
PBD 2017 which will focus on the theme â€œRedefining engagement with the Indian Diasporaâ€ will
Background for Plenary Session II (ii)
This Session on â€œIndia as a Global Health and Wellness Hubâ€ will deliberate on the importance of holistic healthcare, global healthcare challenge and how Indian diaspora can promote Brand India in healthcare.
Under the PBD 2016 Conference titled â€œIndia as a Global Health and Wellness Hubâ€ organised on 26th May 2016 in New Delhi attended by 14 domain experts from the diaspora, stakeholders and policy makers discussed topics ranging from holistic healthcare, certification medical tourism, connectivity and governance.
Chairperson, Gen (Dr.) V.K Singh highlighted Holistic Healthcare and said Yoga and Ayurveda are the cornerstones of in India. He underlined the need for cost effective schools for medicine and invited the panellists to make recommendations.
Some important recommendations made by the participants were:
The recommendations of the PBD Conference were submitted for consideration and follow up.
The Plenary Session in PBD 2017 would focus on redefining holistic healthcare in context to India and comprehending the role of AYUSH in positioning Yoga, Ayurveda, Homeopathy, etc. as alternative treatments. The session will provide solutions to make India an alternative healthcare destinations. It would also focus on framing specialised campaigns like â€œIncredible Indiaâ€; engaging Overseas Indian medical practitioners to share expertise and technology; developing a suitable IPR strategy in the Pharma sector amongst many others.
Some of the key areas of discussion include the following: