External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is also Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, announced the changed format of India's engagement with its diaspora at a press conference.

Sushma Swaraj said that in January 2016, a much scaled down event will be held with the participation of just 150 specially invited foreign delegates.

The invited diaspora guests will be experts who would attend various sessions to brainstorm on issues, including the problem of the Indian diaspora in the Gulf, on the government's flagship programmes like Make in India, Skill India, Digital India, and problems that Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) face, she said.

The January event will be held in the newly constructed PBD Kendra, which is ready. Sushma Swaraj announced that the 'smaller events' of the PBD would be held in the Delhi office every alternate year, while the major 'mela' would be held every two years in a different state in partnership with that state government.

She said Karnataka, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have evinced interest in hosting the diaspora event. Besides, she announced that the Regional PBD, which is held abroad, will be held this year in Los Angeles, US, on November 14-15.

She also announced a quiz competition 'Bharat ko Janiye' in order to involve the diaspora youth in learning about India. The 20 winners 10 from PIO countries and 10 from countries with NRIs would be awarded at the PBD.

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