He said, "Gandhi ji had left India but the call of the nation
brought him back." PM Modi further said the Indian diaspora
should be looked at, not just in terms of its numbers, but also
in terms of its strength.
He said that for years, the term ‘brain drain’ has been
But if we look anew at the diaspora as our strength, we can
convert it to ‘brain gain’.
This permanent exhibition pays tribute to the father of the
nation with huge photos, murals, photos and exhibits about the
life of Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa and India.
With lots of elbow room, the star attraction is an old
printing press from South Africa with copies of Gandhi’s
The library is a valuable repository of material about the
Indian Diaspora including books about India and other countries
written by overseas Indians in different languages.
A good start has been made with books sent by Indian missions
abroad; and more will be added, said Dr. O. N. Chaubey, the
With an emphasis on extensive digital reference material, the
library provides access to researchers, journals and scholars.
One of the first conferences at the centre was held by PIOCCI
on the sidelines of the BRICKS summit that brought together
country coordinators from Brick countries to discuss investment
in India, said Mr. Vanlal Huma, the centre’s director.
No less than two cabinet meetings have been held in this
centre in the very first month.
This enabled all ministers to tour the centre later on.
Inquiries for bookings are flowing in, he said.
The ultra-modern 500-seat auditorium and multi-purpose
conference and meeting rooms are major attractions.
It took around 12 years to inaugurate it.
In January 2004, during the second Pravasi Bhartiya Divas,
the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee announced that the
Government will set up the Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra in New Delhi.
The foundation stone was laid seven years later by the then
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in January, 2011 and
construction started in April, 2013.