Why is it in the news?
- The Indian Knowledge Systems, under Education Ministry, has developed 6 indoor games that are rooted in indigenous knowledge.
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- 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.