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Mukherjee Confers Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards

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January 09, 2014 AT 4:48 AM
President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards and addressed the closing session of the 12th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention on Thursday at the Vigyan Bhavan here. Addressing the gathering, Mukherjee reiterated that overseas Indians could play an important role in the growth and development of India. He said they had within them the experience, expertise and knowledge gained as a result of their life abroad, which could be of immense benefit to India. "Overseas Indians could play an extremely important role in helping the education institutions of India, most of which are their Alma Maters, rise to world class status.