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Younger generation of the Diaspora

A special session has been designed for second & third generation of the Indian Diaspora.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2004 22:12 IST

The Second Pravasi Bharatiya Divas has announced a special session targeting the second and third generation of the Indian Diaspora, called "Younger generation of the Diaspora". In view of the fact that awareness levels among this target audience is minimal about their country of origin, the youth in India and other countries, this session will aim to provide the following:

Create awareness among the phenomenal transformation-taking place in India and its progress from just a destination for culture, heritage and art to an emerging force in the Global system

Provide a unique forum for students and young professionals of Indian origin to share their views, experience and expectations

Try and build a connect in order to bridge the information gap that exists

Prepare a blueprint for creating sustained mechanisms for engagement among the Diaspora youth to build a global network

A three-week internship programme in India is planned for 20 students and young professionals from 20 different destinations across the globe before the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. In order to encourage a sense of participation, these young delegates will help in the organisation of the Second Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.

The special session for the younger generation, "Diaspora Youth and India: Blueprint for engagement", to be held on the first day of the conference, will provide a platform for hearing the perspectives of prominent young members of the Diaspora from all over the world as well as young political, business and social leaders of India. The conference is designed to foster interaction among the younger generation of the global Indian family and to creatively engage them with the country of origin.

According to Mr. JC Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs "In an attempt to create a continued and constructive dialogue between the youth in India and abroad, the 2nd Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is focusing its attention on the younger generation of the Indian Diaspora. The issues under discussion will focus on the need to enhance student exchange programmes, incorporating short-term courses at Indian universities, enabling internship opportunities with Indian companies, special discover India tours, etc."

A special evening, "Dinner and networking event for the Diaspora Youth" is being organized on January 8, 2003, a day prior to the start of PBD.

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2004 is being jointly organised by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) from January 9-11, 2004.

The three-day event will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and followed by the presentation of Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards 2004. A plenary session with the Minister of External Affairs will provide a dialogue on Policies for Productive Engagement, reviewing decisions taken during the First Pravasi Bharatiya Divas and work towards a blue print for the future. The Leader of the Opposition will speak on the emerging world order and the Indian Diaspora.

Minister of Finance will talk on Globalisation, Indian Economy and the Diaspora and the Deputy Prime Minister of India will articulate his long-term vision for the Diaspora.

The unique initiative of the second Pravasi Bharatiya Divas also includes a plenary session on issues affecting the NRIs in the Gulf.

January 9 each year has been chosen as the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas both in India and abroad as it was on this date in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi finally returned to India after almost two decades in South Africa. The recommendation of celebration of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas had been made to recognise the contribution of the Indian Diaspora in the political, economic, social, academic and cultural fields.

First Published: Jan 05, 2004 20:30 IST