Under the ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ initiated by our Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri. Narendra Modi, Toycathon-2021 is conceived to challenge India’s innovative minds to conceptualize novel Toy and Games based on Bharatiya civilization, history, culture, mythology, and ethos.
The toy industry is a sector that is growing rapidly. Along with the domestic industry, there is a huge market for toys and gaming around the world. Only 20% of the demand for toys in the country is met locally. At a time when the Modi government is moving rapidly towards a self-reliant India, the toy industry has also been targeted to be self-supporting and globally competitive.
Toycathon 2021 is a competition of toys, in which children and elders from different regions of India can share any idea related to the toys or toys made by them. The business of toys in India is about 1 billion US dollars, but it is unfortunate that 80% of the toys are imported into India.
It is being organized to promote indigenous clothing, local materials, artisan craftsmen, and their art. It is an inter-ministerial initiative, toycathon initiative includes the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Textiles, Ministry of Women and Child Development, MSME, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting which is supported by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry so that the idea of trade of indigenous toys can be carried forward logically. A total of 9 themes have been included to participate in the Toycathon which include Indian Culture, History, Knowledge of India and Ethics, Social and Human Values, Environment, etc.
PM Narendra Modi Spoke to the Participants of Toycathon 2021
The Grand Finale of National Level Tykethon-2021 was inaugurated online by Union Minister Smriti Irani. IET Institute of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University has been made its nodal center. The three-day competition will conclude on June 24.
On this occasion, PM Modi said- Toycathon 2021 aims to promote the toy industry in India, as well as make high quality toys. More than 60 nodal centers have been set up for this competition across the country, one of which is an IET.
Ministry Under Toycathon Initiative
Toycathon 2021 is an inter-ministerial initiative organized by the Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell with support from the All India Council for Technical Education, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of MSME, Ministry of Textiles, and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Indian Toy Market Price
India, despite being home to many globally popular games like Chess, Ludo, Snakes, and Ladders, is not one of the leading developers and manufacturers of toys. Currently, India’s toy market stands at around 1.5 Billion USD, which primarily is dominated by imported toys. Moreover, the majority of these toys do not represent Indian heritage, civilization, and value systems.
The Main Objective of Toycathon 2021
The main objective of Toycathon 2021 is to have important participation of the indigenous toy industry in the 21st century in golden India. There are some such things in different states of our Indian country, which if we take it inside the whole country, then people will get more information about India and people will also feel proud. There is a toy market of about 7 lakh crores in the whole of India, which if increased in the right direction, India can also trade toys like other countries.
Benefits and Opportunity Under Toycathon
Toycathon 2021 is a unique opportunity for Students, Teachers, Startups, and Toy experts/professionals in India to submit their innovative toys/games concepts and win a large number of prizes worth Rs. 50 lakhs.
To participate in Toycathon, you will need to tailor your toys based on Indian mythology, history, civilization, etc. The winning team in this competition will be given an amount of Rs 50 lakh as a reward. The winners of the Toycathon will get a chance to showcase their concept at the National Toy Fair, which will also be attended by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi.
Steps for Participation
There are 3 tracks to participate in Toycathon 2021. The first junior level participants in which school children and teachers come. The second track is of senior-level participants in which senior students and faculty of the Higher Education Department come. The third and last track is for Startups and Professionals in which startups and professional toy experts related to toys can participate.
It is worth mentioning that clusters are also being developed to promote the manufacture of high-quality toys across the country. Along with this, Children’s University is being built in Gandhi Nagar of Gujarat. Modi government not only wants to make the toy industry competitive with the world but also wants to provide employment to local artisans with the manufacture of toys according to the culture of India.
Total 9 Themes and Ideas Under Toycathon
- Indian Culture, History Knowledge
- Learning Education and Schooling
- Social and Human Values
- Occupation and Specific Field
- Divyang Friendly
- Fitness and Sports
- Out of Box Creative and Logical Thinking
- Rediscovering, Redesigning Traditional Indian Toys
Terms of Participation
- To participate in this competition, the participant will have to form a team. A team of at least 3 members and a team of a maximum of 6 people can participate in this competition.
- Each team will have a team leader and one or two mentors to guide the toy-making process.
As a step in this direction, Toycathon 2021 was launched in Delhi on Tuesday. Under this, concepts have been sought for two categories online and real toys. In this way, along with promoting the theme base toys, new suggestions will be further promoted at 3 levels. Participants can put forward their new ideas till January 20.
Prize money up to Rs 50 lakh will also be given to the selected participants. For the first time in the country’s history, the idea and concept of toy-making have included higher education institutions as well as school children.
TOYCATHON 2021 DIGITAL EDITION
FINALIST TEAMS – toycathon.mic.gov.in