CBSE has declared its schools to celebrate Matribhasha Divas or International Mother Language Day to be celebrated on 21 February across the country. The Board has made it clear that the schools need not to necessarily conduct all day long activities such as elocution, debate and other extracurricular activities; instead they could celebrate the day with any vigor and possibilities they want to.
Sadhna Parashar, Director of CBSE said, “It has been decided to celebrate Matribhasha Diwas on 21 February to promote the use of one’s mother tongue and achieve some language related objectives.”
The objective behind celebrating the day as Matribhasha Diwas is to sensitize people about the use of their mother tongue in this heavily competitive job market where English has taken the driving seat. The daylong celebration could motivate students and parents to become proficient in their respective mother language along with continuing their studies in English or any other language of their choice. These celebrations help maintain a national togetherness and help promote the oneness in our diversified nation. The children through these celebrations could develop a value for their nation and understand the quintessential essence of our culture. Though there might be some schools that would remain close on February 21, as it would fall on a Saturday.