New Delhi, India – In a bid to celebrate India’s linguistic diversity and promote multilingualism, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Education, has announced a 75-day event called “Bharatiya Bhasha Utsav.” The event is set to run from September 28th to December 11th, 2023.
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The initiative aligns with the National Education Policy 2020’s emphasis on recognizing and nurturing multilingualism in schools. It seeks to underscore the importance of preserving and promoting the rich tapestry of Indian languages and cultures.
Uniting Through Language Diversity
India has a long history of diverse languages coexisting and enriching one another, contributing to the nation’s unity and harmony. To strengthen the “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” vision, students will be encouraged to experience and appreciate India’s linguistic diversity through this festival.
The Essence of “Bharatiya Bhasha Utsav”
As per the directive from the Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Education, this event will focus on the theme, “भाषाएँ अनेक, भाव एक” (Many Languages, One Emotion). It aims to foster language learning by utilizing regional languages and technology. Activities will take place at various levels, from schools to districts, culminating in the grand finale on December 11th, coinciding with the birth anniversary of the revered Tamil poet Subramania Bharati.
National-Level Inaugural Program
The “Bharatiya Bhasha Utsav” will kick off with an inaugural program at the national level in New Delhi on September 30th, 2023. Additionally, a two-day summit focusing on “Technology and Bhartiya Bhasha” will be held from September 30th to October 1st, 2023. The final culmination program will also take place in Delhi on December 11th, 2023.
Themes for 75 Days
During the 75-day event, schools are encouraged to follow week-wise themes to ensure a comprehensive exploration of linguistic and cultural diversity. These themes include Environment/Nature, Literature, Cuisine, Knowing Your Surroundings, My School, Values, Numeracy & Mathematics, Show Your Talent, My Thoughts, My Ideas, Reading & Expression, and a dedicated week honoring Shri Subramania Bharathi.
To guide schools and participants, the CBSE has provided a week-wise theme schedule for the 75 days of the festival:
- Week 1 (Sep 28 – Oct 4): Environment/Nature
- Week 2 (Oct 5 – Oct 11): Literature
- Week 3 (Oct 12 – Oct 18): Cuisine
- Week 4 (Oct 19 – Oct 25): Knowing Your Surroundings
- Week 5 (Oct 26 – Nov 1): My School
- Week 6 (Nov 2 – Nov 8): Values
- Week 7 (Nov 9 – Nov 15): Numeracy & Mathematics
- Week 8 (Nov 16 – Nov 22): Show Your Talent
- Week 9 (Nov 23 – Nov 29): My Thoughts, My Ideas
- Week 10 (Nov 30 – Dec 6): Reading & Expression
- Week 11 (Dec 7 – Dec 11): Dedicated to Shri Subramania Bharathi
Multilingual Exposure and Partnerships
Recognizing the multitude of languages spoken across the country, the “Bharatiya Bhasha Utsav” plans to provide multilingual exposure to students in different regional languages. The initiative promotes “Partnership among Schools,” where at least 1% of schools in every state/UT will be paired with schools from linguistically different areas. These pairs will engage in various activities, fostering cultural exchange and linguistic tolerance.
Leveraging ANUVADINI Translation Tools
The CBSE also highlighted the importance of ANUVADINI: Voice & Document AI Translation Tools developed by AICTE. These tools support 22 regional Indian and foreign languages, breaking language barriers and aligning with the principles of “Make in India” and “Atma Nirbhar Bharat.” ANUVADINI will be used extensively for translation purposes during the “Bharatiya Bhasha Utsav,” offering students exposure to different Indian languages.
All CBSE-affiliated schools have been encouraged to disseminate information about the “Bharatiya Bhasha Utsav” among students, teachers, and stakeholders. To monitor the event’s effectiveness, a dedicated page is being developed on the NCERT Portal.
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This 75-day festival promises to celebrate India’s linguistic heritage, foster unity in diversity, and inspire the younger generation to embrace and appreciate the rich tapestry of languages that make up our great nation.