Bhasha Sangam Activities, Guidelines - Celebrating the Linguistic Diversity of India

Bhasha Sangam Programme Activities, Guidelines for AP and TS Schools and Celebrating the Linguistic Diversity of India. The programme "Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat (EBSB)" has been undertaken by Government of India to celebrate the spirit of national integration. In this regard, the Department of School Education and Literacy is initiating Bhasha Sangam - A Celebration of Linguistic Diversity which marks the appreciation of the unique symphony of languages of our country, from 20th November - 21st December 2018. In order to celebrate the unique characteristics of our country, Bhasha Sangam provides an opportunity to schools and educational institutions (BIETs, DIETs, CTEs/lASEs, SCERTs /SIEs, School Boards, Directorate of School Education etc.) to provide multilingual exposure to students in Indian languages. The purpose is to familiarize every child with simple dialogues in all the 22 languages under Schedule VIII of the constitution of India, enhance linguistic tolerance and promote national integration.

bhasha sangam programme activities, bhasha sangam guidelines for ap ts schools and celebrating the linguistic diversity of india

Here, enclosing a booklet containing the guidelines for Bhasha Sangam. This contains five commonly used simple sentences in all the 22 languages. The sentences may be spoken and practised in the school assembly and in the classroom.

Activities under Bhasha Sangam:
The suggested activities under Bhasha Sangam are as follows:
1. The 5 sentences pertaining to the language of the day should be read out e.g. Assamese on day 1, Bengali on day 2 etc., in the morning assembly, and students asked to repeat them.
In case there is any student from that State, e.g. Assam on day 1, West Bengal on day 2 etc. or who speaks the language studying in the school, then he/she or even all of them should preferably read out the sentences in the morning assembly.
Similarly, any teacher, parent, government servant or any other person from that State or who speaks the language, may be invited to read out the sentences.
2. Senior students may be encouraged to create posters on these sentences, these can be put up all over the school.
3. Teachers may address the students and converse with them in the language of the day, and encourage students to do the same.
4. Students may be encouraged to share these sentences with their families at home.
5. The schools may carry out other activities related to this initiative.

The Department of School Education, MHRD will recognize and award the best schools, the best blocks, the best districts and the best States/UTs on the basis of uploaded / submitted photographs and videos'as per the instructions in the booklet. It is requested that the programme may be implemented in the schools in your State / UT. Detailed guidelines regarding Bhasha Sangam have been prepared and are available in printed and digital book form with audio recording of the dialogues available on epathshala.gov.in and mhrd.gov.in. The guidelines may be made available to the schools latest by 19th November, 2018 as the initiative starts from 20th November.


Bhasha Sangam Celebrating the Linguistic Diversity of India: 
The coded box included in this book is called Quick Response (QR) Code. It will help you to access e-resources such as audios related to five sentences in 22 languages given in the book. The first QR code is to access the complete e-book. The subsequent QR codes will help to access the relevant e-resources linked to each language in alphabetical order. This will help you enhancing your learning in joyful manner. Follow the steps given below and access the e-Resources through your mobile phone or tablet.

For accessing the e-Resources on a computer or laptop follow the steps stated below:
1. Open the web browser like Firefox, Chrome etc.
2. Go to the ePathshala website (http://epathshala.gov.in) and click on Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat Menu
3. Select the language and access the audio

Date/day wise schedule of the languages to be covered in a month
20th November to 21st December, 2018
Sl. No. Date & Day Language of the Day
1. 20.11.2018 (Tuesday) Assamese
2. 22.11.2018 (Thursday) Bengali
3. 26.11.2018 (Monday) Bodo
4. 27.11.2018 (Tuesday) Dogri
5. 28.11.2018 (Wednesday) Gujarati
6. 29.11.2018 (Thursday) Hindi
7. 30.11.2018 (Friday) Kannada
8. 03.12.2018 (Monday) Kashmiri
9. 04.12.2018 (Tuesday) Konkani
10. 05.12.2018 (Wednesday) Maithili
11. 06.12.2018 (Thursday) Malayalam
12 07.12.2018 (Friday) Manipuri
13. 10.12.2018 (Monday) Marathi
14. 11.12.2018 (Tuesday) Nepali
15. 12.12.2018 (Wednesday) Odia
16. 13.12.2018 (Thursday) Punjabi
17. 14.12.2018 (Friday) Sanskrit
18. 17.12.2018 (Monday) Santhali
19. 18.12.2018 (Tuesday) Sindhi
20. 19.12.2018 (Wednesday) Tamil
21. 20.12.2018 (Thursday) Telugu
22. 21.12.2018 (Friday) Urdu


Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat - Bhasha Sangam: Guidelines
The programme “Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat” has been initiated to celebrate the spirit of national integration. Bhasha Sangam marks the unique symphony of languages of our country and is an expression of our shared dreams, hopes and aspirations for one India.

India’s richness is marked by her cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity. In order to celebrate these unique features of our country, the Bhasha Sangam initiative under the Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat ushers in a programme for schools and educational institutions to provide multilingual exposure to students in Indian languages listed in Schedule VIII of the Constitution of India. This initiative is just the beginning of a journey meant to create interest in these languages and a curiosity to learn more. It will be followed by other activities subsequently.

Objectives of Bhasha Sangam:
i) To introduce school students to all the 22 Indian Languages of Schedule VIII of the Constitution of India.
ii) To enhance linguistic tolerance and respect, and promote national integration.

Features of Bhasha Sangam:
1. This will be run by the State/UT Department of School Education.
2. A short dialogue consisting of five simple, commonly used sentences has been designed in 22 languages for use by students of all classes. These sentences are at pages 1 to 22 of this booklet and have been arranged in alphabetical order of the language. It may be noted that the translations in Roman and Devanagari scripts have been simplified for use by children.
3. Sentences from each language are to be shared with students everyday for 22 working days. Everyday only one language will be shared. A schedule in this regard giving the language of the day is placed at page ii of this booklet.
4. In case any school misses a language on any day, then it should continue with the schedule as at page ii and cover the missing language at the end.
5. A digital book with audio recordings of the dialogues is available on the websites http://epathshala.gov.in/ and MHRD website http://mhrd.gov.in/bhashasangam so that students can hear the correct pronunciations.
6. The suggested activities should be carried out in a joyful and interesting manner. Students have enjoyed the activities and participated with great enthusiasm wherever this initiative has been piloted. This initiative is not mandatory and there should be no formal testing of any kind.
7. Heads of schools may upload photographs and videos of daily activities under Bhasha Sangam.


The State/UT Department of School Education and the DEOs and BEOs may also upload/submit photos and videos of the activities at the State/UT level, and the district and the block level respectively. The Department of School Education and Literacy, MHRD, Govt. of India will recognize and award the best schools, the best blocks, the best districts and the best States/UTs on the basis of the uploaded/submitted photographs and videos.

The programme “Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat” has been initiated to celebrate the spirit of national integration. Bhasha Sangam marks the unique symphony of languages of our country and is an expression of our shared dreams, hopes and aspirations for one India.

India’s richness is marked by her cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity. In order to celebrate these unique features of our country, the Bhasha Sangam initiative under the Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat ushers in a programme for schools and educational institutions to provide multilingual exposure to students in Indian languages listed in Schedule VIII of the Constitution of India. This initiative is just the beginning of a journey meant to create interest in these languages and a curiosity to learn more. It will be followed by other activities subsequently.


1. State level organizations particularly the SCERTs/SIEs, School Boards, BIETs, DIETs, CTEs and IASEs may also organise appropriate activities at the State, District and Local levels to promote Bhasha Sangam. The officials may also converse in the language of the day.
2. All the CRCs, BRCs, BEOs and District Education Officers may lead the team of officers of their departments and visit schools to participate, encourage and appreciate the celebrations on linguistic diversity. As noted above, these officials may also be encouraged to speak in the sentences under this initiative.
3. All school head masters/principals may upload videos of the daily activities on Bhasha Sangam YouTube Channel as per the procedure below:
i) To upload videos first browse to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/
ii) Sign in to YouTube Channel with email ID: rangotsav@ncert.nic.in Password: Ciet@321#
iii) Now see the top page, click on the icon Create a video or post
iv) Click on the first icon upload video
v) Click on the icon select files to upload
vi) Select Files (video) from your computer/mobile handset
vii) Click on the Open button to upload
viii) Write basic information (title, description, tags) about the video
ix) Go to the icon advanced setting select Creative Commons license
x) Click on the Publish button to finally upload the video
xi) Now sign-out from the YouTube channel
xii) To see the videos on Bhasha Sangam, no need to sign in.

4. All State and UT Departments of School Education, the DEO and the BEO may also upload photos and videos of activities at the State/UT level, the district and the block level respectively in the same procedure as 3 above, or they may submit these directly to the Department of School Education and Literacy, MHRD, Govt. of India Suggestions for Educational Administrators

booklet containing the guidelines for Bhasha Sangam

The digital India campaign has promoted extensive use of ICTs in the teaching learning process. ePathshala - a single window to access ebooks in multiple languages, is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India and the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). It has been developed for showcasing and disseminating all educational e-resources including e-textbooks, audios, videos, periodicals and a variety of other materials. The app can be downloaded from respective stores (Android, iOS, Windows). epathshala.gov.in | epathshala.nic.in

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