- The Ministry of Education launched a campaign ‘Bhasha Certificate Selfie under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat (EBSB).
- In 2021, the Ministry of Education launched the BhashaSangam initiative under EBSB.
- It was launched to encourage cultural diversity and promote multilingualism and to foster the spirit EBSB.
- It aims to promote the BhashaSangam mobile app, developed by the Ministry of Education and MyGov India.
- BhashaSangam mobile app was launched on RashtriyaEktaDiwas 2021 (31st October).
- It aims to ensure that people acquire basic conversational skills in Indian languages. To achieve this, a target of 75 lakh people acquiring basic conversational skills has been set.
- The ‘Bhasha Certificate Selfie’ initiative is encouraging people to upload their selfie with the certificate from their social media accounts.
- It is an initiative to teach basic sentences of everyday usage in 22 Indian languages (Eighth Schedule languages).
- It is developed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).
- The idea is that people should acquire basic conversational skills in an Indian language other than their mother tongue.
- It is available on DIKSHA ePathshala and through 22 booklets.
Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Initiative
- It was launched in 2015 to promote engagement amongst the people of different States/UTs so as to enhance mutual understanding and bonding between people of diverse cultures, thereby securing stronger unity and integrity of India.
- It is an initiative of the Ministry of Education.
- Every State and UT in the country would be paired with another State/UT for a time period, during which they would carry out a structured engagement with one another in the spheres of language, literature, cuisine, festivals, cultural events, tourism etc.
Eighth Schedule of the Constitution
The Constitutional provisions relating to the Eighth Schedule occur in Article 344 (1) and 351 of the Constitution.
The languages listed under Eighth Schedule are:
(1) Assamese, (2) Bengali, (3) Gujarati, (4) Hindi, (5) Kannada, (6) Kashmiri, (7) Konkani, (8) Malayalam, (9) Manipuri, (10) Marathi, (11) Nepali, (12) Oriya, (13) Punjabi, (14) Sanskrit, (15) Sindhi, (16) Tamil, (17) Telugu, (18) Urdu (19) Bodo, (20) Santhali, (21) Maithili and (22) Dogri.
SOURCE: THE HINDU,THE ECONOMIC TIMES,MINT