Bengaluru, Jan 7: The 14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas on Saturday has taken off in a grand style with huge participation of Indian diaspora. The event was inaugurated by three Union Ministers; Vijay Goel, VK Singh, and RV Deshpande. The Pravasi Bhartiya Divas is celebrated every year to mark the contribution of Indian citizens residing on foreign soil.

Three events will be held for Youths residing abroad is titled as “Youth Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas”, this event will include students and startup ideas with bright innovations will be shared on this particular podium. Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javdekar chaired a session on enhancing the education opportunities for NRI students. The HRD minister in his address stated,” India offers seamless opportunities for NRI students to study and pursue their dream careers in India.” He also encouraged NRI Students to avail PM Scholarships and emphasised on quality in education and HR development.

Union minister General VK Singh, who also marked his attendance in the event said Talent, Technology, Training  and Teamwork are the basic assets of any nation; India has them in abundance. The former army chief further said  India offers limitless opportunities to the world.

“By 2020, the average age in India will be 29 making it the world’s youngest country with 64% of the population in the working age group. The Prime Minister’s vision will make India the skill capital of the world by 2022. Whatever your chosen field of endeavour, you will encounter many Indians in your peer group. If you have the relevant talent, relevant skill-set and are willing to partner with us, there is a world of opportunity for you. Cross-fertilization of ideas can also bring rich rewards to your host country,” added Retired General VK Singh.

Union minister Vijay Goel in his address said Government is laying great emphasis on promoting enterprise and innovations, in order to unleash the youth energy and to put India on the path of high rate of economic growth and employment generation. He further stated,” ‘Start-up India’ campaign has been launched and a very liberal and attractive policy regime, comprising of tax and non-tax incentives, has been created to promote start-ups in India.”

Pravasi Bhartiya Divas conventions are held every year since 2003. These conventions provide a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with the government and people of the land of their ancestors for mutually beneficial activities