Objectives of Bhasha Sangam:
1. To introduce school students to all the 22 Indian Languages of Schedule VIII of the Constitution of India.
2. 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.
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 recognise 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.
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
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.
Suggestions for the Educational Administrators
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:
➢ To upload videos first browse to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com
➢ Sign in to YouTube Channel with email ID: firstname.lastname@example.org Password: *********
➢ Now see the top page, click on the icon Create a video or post
➢ Click on the first icon upload video
➢ Click on the icon select files to upload
➢ Select Files (video) from your computer/mobile handset
➢ Click on the Open button to upload
➢ Write basic information (title, description, tags) about the video
➢ Go to the icon advanced setting select Creative Commons license
➢ Click on the Publish button to finally upload the video
➢ Now sign-out from the YouTube channel.
➢ 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