Young expatriate Indians keen to understand India

January 9th, 2008 - 2:18 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh
New Delhi, Jan 9 (ANI): Expatriate students who are here to participate in an annual conference of people of Indian origin have been actively exploring their roots.
Over one thousand Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) from more than 43 countries are taking part in this three-day Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas conference (PBD) that began on Tuesday.
“I came here to take part in the “Know India Programme’. This programme has given me chance to see India. I have heard India from my family back home but to see the villages and to know some more people and see lot of educated people has been quite an experience for me,” said Kareen Shirky, an expatriate Indian student.
The brainstorming session will focus on how to leverage Indian expatriates’ contribution to their country of origin.
“I am thoroughly enjoying my exposure to India. I visited many places in south India especially Tamil Nadu and realized that India is growing very fast and rapidly. This is one of the points that I have got from the trip,” said Anish Taila, another expatriate Indian student.
Some of them said they hoped to come back and do humanitarian service in India. Ria Sehgal, another expatriate Indian student, said: “I am actually studying international development studies. I am really interested in working in India and doing development work here.
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has said that the Central Government was constantly working towards creating a framework to enable expatriate Indians to invest in India’s development.
Dr. Singh announced the setting up of a Prime Minister’s Global Advisory Council of People of Indian Origin, who are recognised as leaders in their respective fields, that would help him to draw upon the experience and knowledge of the best Indian minds.
Referring to India fast emerging as an education hub, Dr. Singh said that his government has approved a policy framework to establish a PIO university in India for the benefit of children of overseas Indians.
The conclave serves as a platform to engage the non-resident Indians in fields of social development, rural health, education, investment, infrastructure, knowledge, economy and women empowerment.(ANI)

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