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NEW DELHI: Prime minister, Narendra Modi interacted with nearly 1.2 lakh Toycathon 2021 participants across India in a virtual grand finale on Thursday. The entries to reach this final stage included games based on yoga, heritage tourism, learning chemistry and war strategies described in epics.
A part of PM Narendra Modi’s Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative, Toycathon 2021 is a unique platform allowing crowd-sourcing of ideas for innovative toys and games.Students, teachers, startups, and toy professionals in India submitted their novel toy and game concepts under online and physical toy categories. According to the ministry of education, a total of 1,29,573 people registered for Toycathon 2021.
“These toys deeply influence mental strength, our creativity, and our economy. The global toy market is 100 billion and India contributes only 1.5 billion to this economy. We are importing 80 percent of our toys,” said Modi. To remedy that, Modi called for strengthening the local toy market with new technology and innovation that can compete and thrive in the global market.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the online grand finale will feature teams with digital toy ideas. Toycathon 2021 is aimed at boosting the toy industry in India to help it capture a wider share of the toy market.
The event saw more males participating than females. As many as 69,764 males submitted their ideas while 49, 689 females participated. The selected participants collectively submitted 17,749 ideas out of which 2,537 ideas made it to the finale. A total of 1,567 ideas, both digital and paper-based, were shortlisted for the three-day online event.
Students of Vellore Institute of Technology presented 'Aura- AI' which is artificial intelligence-backed gamification of Yoga. The digital game is equipped with virtual reality for a “rich yogic experience” and audio recognition for people with hearing disabilities.
Delhi Public School, Miyapur, Hyderabad, presented an innovative board game -Kridavyuh inspired by the war strategies in the mythological epic Mahabharata. PM Modi lauded the imagination of DPS students and their efforts to integrate elements of leadership and personality development. A 13-year old Ishmeet Kaur from Balwant Rai Mehta Vidya Bhawan, Delhi recreated an ancient game 'Bagh Chal' that promotes human emotional intelligence.
An inter-ministerial initiative, Toycathon 2021 was launched earlier this year collectively by the ministry of education, ministry of women and child development, ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises along with textile, information and broadcasting ministries, department for promotion of industry and internal trade and All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). The final round was inaugurated on June 23 by women and child development minister Smriti Irani and minister of state for education, Sanjay Dhotre.
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