Indian Knowledge Systems (IKS)

By Amigos IAS

Why is it in the news?

  • The Indian Knowledge Systems, under Education Ministry, has developed 6 indoor games that are rooted in indigenous knowledge.

More about the news

  • These games have been divided into three segments: dice-based, strategic, and engagement.
  • The games promote interdisciplinary research and align with the Ministry of Education’s focus on fun-filled learning, as per the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
  • An additional 15 games are expected to be launched by the end of the year.


Sarp-Rajju (Snakes and Ropes)
  • Sarp-Rajju (Snakes and Ropes) is one of the games developed by IKS.
  • It resembles the traditional snakes and ladders game but incorporates indigenous elements.
  • The game features ropes instead of ladders and has 72 squares, each named after elements from Hindu philosophy.
Bhartiya Games Program
  • These indoor games will be introduced to school children in the next academic year under the Bhartiya Games program.
  • The Bhartiya Games program has already launched 75 outdoor games from different regions of India in the current school year.
  • Some popular outdoor games included are Langdi-Taang, javelin throw, Patang Uddayan (kite flying), Seeta Uddhar (prisoner’s base), and Mardani Khel (a form of martial arts).


Jadui Pitara (Magic Box)

  • Some indoor games have been included in the Jadui Pitara, a play-based learning program designed for children aged 3 to 8 years.
  • The Jadui Pitara program was launched by Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and aligns with the National Curriculum Framework (NCF), a key component of the NEP.
  • The program comprises playbooks, toys, posters, flashcards, and indoor games.


Indian Knowledge Systems (IKS)

  • IKS is an innovative cell established under the Ministry of Education (MoE) and operates within the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in New Delhi.
  • The primary objective of IKS is to promote interdisciplinary research on all aspects of Indian Knowledge Systems.
  • IKS aims to preserve and disseminate indigenous knowledge for further research and its practical applications in society.
  • It plays a crucial role in spreading India’s rich heritage and traditional knowledge across various domains, including Arts and Literature, Agriculture, Basic Sciences, Engineering & Technology, Architecture, Management, Economics, and more.
  • The goal of IKS is to bridge the gap between traditional wisdom and modern knowledge, fostering a deeper understanding of India’s cultural and intellectual heritage.

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