Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat Activities in Schools : CBSE


September 21, 2021

Circular No. ACAD-83/2021

All Heads of Schools affiliated to CBSE

Subject: Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat Activities in Schools Reference:

Circular No. Acad-73/2019 dated 21.11.2019

Circular No:.Acad 40 /2017 dated October 11, 2017 BACKGROUND

As you are aware that the idea of a sustained and structured cultural connect between people of different regions was mooted by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India during the Rashtriya Ekta Divas (31st October, 2015) on the occasion of birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to celebrate cultural diversity through mutual  interaction and reciprocity between people of different States and UTs. Towards achieving this, every State and UT in the country has been paired with another State and UT for a year, during which they would carry out  a structured engagement with one another in the spheres of language, literature, cuisine, festivals, cultural events, tourism etc.

Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat


The canvas of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat (EBSB) encompasses all the States and Union Territories of India. The matrix of paired States and UTs is given in annexure A.


1. Organize at least 3-4 different activities in a year as suggested in annexure  B under ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ Programme during the year by integrating them in regular activities of the school.

2. Prepare an annual action plan for the effective implementation of the programme. Ensure the inclusion of EBSB activities in the annual academic calendar of the school, by linking each activity to a life skill/ learning skill/ media skill.

3. Organize these activities in coordination with the partner State/UT, keeping in view the academic calendar.

4. Ensure appointment of Nodal Teacher in charge in the school to plan and conduct different EBSB activities.

5. Establish EBSB Club in the school.

6. Merge the activities to be conducted under Jal Shakti Abhiyan: catch the rain campaign with the tagline ‘Catch the Rain, where it falls’ with the EBSB. Suggestive activities are given in annexure C.

7. Give adequate publicity to the activities conducted under EBSB and reach out to the larger community through innovative and effective ways.

8. Upload photographs, tweets, reports, etc. of activities undertaken on social media with hashtag

9. Give incentives/recognition to the students for their good performances in EBSB activities in the form of certificates, badges, appreciation letters, etc.

10. Keeping in view the safety and security of the students during the Covid-19 pandemic, strictly follow the guidelines of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Home Affairs and School Re-opening Guidelines of Ministry of Education while conducting the activities under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat. The measures to be undertaken by the schools during this period are given in annexure D.


Para 4.16 of the National Education Policy 2020 lays down as follows:

  • Every student in the country will participate in a fun project/activity on ‘The Languages of India’, sometime in Grades 6-8, such as, under the ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ initiative.

  • In this project/activity, students will learn about the remarkable unity of most of the major Indian languages, starting with their common phonetic and scientifically-arranged alphabets and scripts, their common grammatical structures, their origins and sources of vocabularies from Sanskrit and other classical languages, as well as their rich inter-influences and differences.

  • They will also learn what geographical areas speak which languages, get a sense of the  nature and structure of tribal languages, and learn to say commonly spoken phrases and sentences in every major language of India and also learn a bit about the rich and uplifting literature of each (through suitable translations as necessary).

  • Such an activity would give them both a sense of the unity and the beautiful cultural heritage and diversity of India and would be a wonderful icebreaker their whole lives as they meet people from other parts of India.

  • This project/activity would be a joyful activity and would not involve any form of assessment.

Accordingly, schools shall take up the following two activities as well apart from the activities as suggested in annexure B:

S. No.

Activity to be taken up

Details of the activity


Establish EBSB Club

To propagate language and culture of the paired State/UT through conduct of various activities as listed in annexure A or through any other innovative activity designed in consonance with the aims and objectives of EBSB.

Club will be given a name in the language of the

paired State/UT by the students.


Preparation of 100 sentences in the language of the paired State/UT

The schools can adapt/adopt the 100 sentences prepared by NCERT along with the audio records in 22 languages to expose students to the alphabets, songs, proverbs, unique words of the paired State/UT.

The sentences of popular songs/folk songs/proverbs etc. from the paired State/UT may be included in the list of sentences and can be disseminated with meaning for learning by the students. For more details, please refer activity number one given in annexure B.


1. The schools are required to maintain a report of activities conducted under ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’.
2. A monthly report along with at least two photos and 1 short video of each activity should be submitted online at the following link by the school in the last week of every month:


School Heads are requested to ensure maximum participation of all the stakeholders in different activities under Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat and accordingly prepare an action plan for making the programme successful and effective. Please submit the annual action plan on or before 20th October 2021 as per the format given at the link: https://cbseit.in/cbse/2021/EBSB/login.aspx .

These activities will not only lead to enrichment of knowledge of partner state but also develop a sense of bonding between the students of partner State/UT. These activities will go a long way in developing our students as responsible citizens with deep belief in unity in diversity of the nation.
For any queries, please email at [email protected]

Encl.: As stated above
Dr. Joseph Emmanuel

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