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The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) is the highest honour recognizing the contribution and achievements of Indian diaspora. PBSA in conferred by the President of India during valedictory session of the PBD Convention held biennially. The next Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention is likely to be held in January 2025.

PBSA is awarded to a Non-Resident Indian (NRI), Person of Indian Origin (PIO), or an Organization or institution established and run by a PIO/NRI who has made significant contribution either overseas or in India, in any one of the following fields:

For Achievements Abroad

  1. Better understanding abroad of India;

  2. Support to India’s causes and concerns in a tangible way;

  3. Building closer links between India, the overseas Indian community and their country of residence;

  4. Social and humanitarian causes in India or abroad;

  5. Welfare of the local Indian community;

  6. Philanthropic and charitable work;

  7. Eminence in one’s field or outstanding work, which has enhanced India’s prestige in the country of residence; or

  8. Eminence in skills which has enhanced India’s prestige in that country (for non-professional workers).

For Achievements within India

  1. Philanthropic investments and charitable work in India;

  2. For contribution made towards India’s development.


  1. The nominations should be sent in soft copy to hoc.desalaam@mea.gov.in and original copy submitted to the High Commission of India, Dar es Salaam (PO Box 2684, 213/51 Shaaban Robert Street, Dar es Salaam by 24 February, 2024. The nomination should include a covering letter stating the achievements abroad or in India listed above that justify nomination; nomination form; and summary of PBSA nominee.

  2. Self Nomination: There is also a system of self-nomination by Diaspora members/organizations.Individuals/Organizations who wish to self-nominate can send their completed nomination form directly by email to pbsaward@mea.gov.in.

The Forms can be downloaded from below:

   1. Nomination Form

   2. Format for summary of PBSA Nominee

   3. PBSA Award Gazette Notification