India is a unique nation, whose fabric has been woven by diverse linguistic, cultural and religious threads, held together into a composite national identity by a rich history of cultural evolution, coupled with a rousing freedom struggle that was built around the tenets of non-violence and justice. The spirit of mutual understanding amidst a shared history has enabled a special unity in diversity, which stands out as a tall flame of nationhood that needs to be nourished and cherished into the future.

Time and technology have narrowed down distances in terms of connect and communication. In an era that facilitates mobility and outreach, it is important to establish cultural exchanges between people of different regions, as a means to further human bonding and a common approach to nation-building. Mutual understanding and trust are the foundations of India's strength and all citizens should feel culturally integrated in all corners of India. Students from the north-east, for example, should not feel like 'strangers in a strange land' when they arrive in Delhi.

The idea of a sustained and structured cultural connect between denizens of different regions was mooted by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during the Rashtriya Ekta Divas held on 31st October, 2015, to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Hon’ble Prime Minister propounded that cultural diversity is a joy that ought to be celebrated through mutual interaction & reciprocity between people of different States and UTs so that a common spirit of understanding resonates throughout the country. Every State and UT in the country would be paired with another State/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. For example, Andhra Pradesh is paired with Punjab for the year 2017. During the year, Punjabis would attempt to learn key words in Telugu , a few Telugu books would be translated into Punjabi & vice-versa, Andhraites would hold food festivals offering Punjabi dishes, Punjabis would perform Andhra folk dances, while Andhraites would perform Bhangra at staged events etc. This pattern of cultural adoption of the partner State/UT would be followed by all States and UTs .

States/UTs in India were paired till March 2019. The paired States/UTs signed MoUs with each other, delineating a set of activities that they would carry out. An activity calendar for each pair was prepared through mutual consultation, paving the way for a year long process of mutual engagement. Such interaction between different segments of the population of each pair of States /UTs at the cultural level, generated the vibrance of understanding & appreciation amongst the people and forge mutual bonding, thus securing an enriched value system of unity in the nation. The same pairing of States/ UTs will continue till June 2020. After the creation of UT of Ladakh, it has been paired along with Jammu & Kashmir with Tamil Nadu. The pairing of States/ UTs is available on the website. New pairing of States/ UTs may come into force from 01.07.2020.

Objectives of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat

The broad objectives of the initiative are as follows

  1. To CELEBRATE the Unity in Diversity of our Nation and to maintain and strengthen the fabric of traditionally existing emotional bonds between the people of our Country;
  2. 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;

iii. To SHOWCASE the rich heritage and culture, customs and traditions of either State for enabling people to understand and appreciate the diversity that is India, thus fostering a sense of common identity

  1. TO ESTABLISH long-term engagements and,
  2. TO CREATE an environment which promotes learning between States by sharing best practices and experiences.


Key Themes for Interaction:

  • To celebrate the idea of India as a nation wherein different cultural units across varied geographies coalesce and interact with each other, this glorious manifestation of diverse cuisine, music, dance, theatre, movies & films, handicrafts, sports, literature, festivals, painting, sculpture etc. will enable people to imbibe the innate chord of binding and brotherhood.
  • To make our people aware about the seamless integral hull of the Modern Indian State spread across a vast landmass on whose firm foundations, the geo-political strength of the country is ensured to benefit one and all.
  • To impress upon people at large about the increasing inter-connectedness between the constituents of various cultures and traditions, which is so vital for the spirit of nation building.
  • To induce a sense of responsibility & ownership for the nation as a whole through these close cross-cultural interactions as it intends to build up the inter-dependence matrix unequivocally

Report on EBSB activities conducted in the Month of January,2020 in Ghani Khan Choudhury Institute of Engineering and Technology, Malda, West Bengal

Under “Ek Bharat Shaccha Bharat”(EBSB) programme , Ghani Khan Choudhury Institute of Engineering and Technology has prepared a month-wise  action plan in January,2020. Under this plan the institute has kept various events and activities throughout the year which includes celebration of EBSB Days,student exchange with paired institute (NiT, Meghalaya),and various competition. On 16th and 17th January, the EBSB club had organized  Swacchata Pakhwara, 2020. Faculty and student members participated in cleanliness Pledge, and campus Cleaning activity. An eassy writing competition on the following topics was also   organized on   17th January,2020.

  • The cultural heritage of India.
  • Unity in diversity : The Indian Perspective
  • Sare Jaha Se Accha Hindustha Hamara

Name of the Institute

Paired State

Paired Institutions



Ghani Khan Choudhury Institute of Engineering and Technology, Narayanpur Malda, West Bengal


National Institute of Technology, Meghalaya

Bijni Complex,Laitumkhrah, Shillong-793003, Meghalaya, India


Student Exchange :February, 03.02.2020-13.02.2020

Faculty Exchange: August, 01.08.2020 to 10.08.2020

National Institute of Technology, Meghalaya

West Bengal

Ghani Khan Choudhury Institute of Engineering and Technology,

Narayanpur Malda, West Bengal

Student Exchange :March, 04.03.2020-10.03.2020

Faculty Exchange: August, 01.08.2020 to 10.08.2020







Details of Programmes scheduled for Ek Bharat Shrstha Bharat

Name of the Institute : Ghani Khan Choudhury Institute of Engineering and Technology, Naryanpur, Malda


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State  Visit

23.01.2020- A Quiz Competition on  “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat- The cultural heritage of India” will be organized to Identify The Student Contingent

27.01.2020- Announcement of the result of Quiz Competition and the student contingent

03.02.2020-13.02.2020(10 Days)- conduction of visit

Dr.Sandip Chanda,

Mob : 9836921589,




visit of GKCIET students to the paired state


Youth Festival



4.03.2020- Food Festival “Teaste of India” with the dishes of the two states exhibited  in one platform

Dr.Sandip Chanda,

Mob : 9836921589,




Visit of the students of other states to GKCIET

West Bengal



6.03.2020- Staging of Folk Danceof the paired statein “The Indian Dance Drama” in the cultural fest of GKCIET



7.03.2020- Arranging a musical competition “The Music and Lyrics of India” with music of the two states



9.03.2020-13.03.2020-Arranging Visits to historical places of West Bengal


Teacher Exchange

7.03.2020- Identification of Teachers through Knowledge base analysis on the paired state

15.04.2020- Announcement of result of the knowledge base analysis and ratification of the teacher contingent

01.08.2020 to 10.08.2020(10 Days Teacher Exchange programme)

Dr.Sandip Chanda,

Mob : 9836921589,




GKCIET and the paired institute can exchange Teachers in the period





15.04.2020-EBSB day celebrated with an essay writing competitionon “The nobility  in unity-The Indian Perspective “

Dr.Sandip Chanda,

Mob : 9836921589,







14.05.2020- EBSB day celebrated with a painting competition cum exhibition on “The cultures of the two states-One country”





15.08.2020- Independence day celebrated with EBSB Themed extempore completion “Ek Bharat shreatha Bharat “





15.09.2020- Engineer’s Day Celebration with EBSB Themed posteringexhibition cum competitionon “The progress of science and engineering in the two states of India”





2.10.2020- Gandhi Jayanti celebrated with EBSB themed Debate competition “Has  Mahatma Gandhi’s Dream  of one India  become a reality yet”






31.10.2020- RasthiyaEktaDiwasCelibrated with EBSB themed  talkson “ New India- united and strengthened “ by the students and the teachers




Screening of Films



5.03.2020-Flim Festival “ Art and Culture of India” with Screening of  popular films of the paired state




Formation of EBSB quality in Institute








Of Nodal

Person  For

Entire EBSB





Dr.Sandip Chanda,

Mob : 9836921589,







Contact Details

Dr.Sandip Chanda

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering Dept

Dean, Student Welfare

Ghani Khan Choudhury Institute of Engineering and Technology   

Narayanpur, Malda, West Bengal