As you are aware, ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ (EBSB) programme was launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister on Ekta Diwas (31st October 2015) on the occasion of birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabbhai Patel to foster national integration through a coordinated mutual engagement process between States, Union Territories, Central Ministries, Educational Institutions and general public through linguistic, literary, cultural, sports, tourism and other forms of people-to-people exchanges

Pairing of States and UTs

The States/Union Territories have been grouped in 16 pairs. The pairing of States/UTs is enclosed at Annexure A. This pairing will continue till 30th June 2020

Objective

  1. To CELEBRATE the Unity in Diversity of our Nation.
  2. To MAINTAIN and STRENGTHEN the fabric of emotional bonds between people of our country.
  3. To PROMOTE the spirit of national integration through a deep and structured engagement between all Indian States and Union territories through a year-long planned engagement between States.
  4. To SHOWCASE the rich heritage and culture, customs and traditions of either state for enabling people to understand and appreciate diversity thus fostering a sense of common identity.
  5. To CREATE an environment which promotes learning between States by sharing best practices and experiences

Action Taken by School

To facilitate greater participation of students, various activities may be organized under ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ Programme in all schools during the year. A list of such activities which are low/zero – cost, high visibility is enclosed at Annexure B. The detailed description of the activities is given in Annexure C of the notification given at the end of this article.

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

These activities should be integrated in regular activities of the school without any need for extra classes. The schools are required to organize these activities in coordination with the partner States/UT, keeping in view the academic calendar.

Further, adequate publicity may be given to activities conducted under EBSB, and innovative and effective ways may be used to reach out to the larger community.

Awards

Incentives / recognition may be given to students for good performances in EBSB activities in the form of Certificates, Badges, Appreciation Letters, etc.

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