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TOYCATHON promotes creativity, innovation skills, awareness of local materials and traditions: Advisor Bhatnagar

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Addresses Grand Finale of TOYCATHON 2023 at Srinagar

SRINAGAR: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, today remarked that creativity and critical thinking are important aspects for developing scientific temper among the young students of our schools who can torch bearers of change for future generations.

The Advisor made these remarks while delivering the keynote address on the Grand Finale of TOYCATHON 2023 held at the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) complex Bemina here, in which students from various schools of Kashmir division participated.

The students of schools from the Jammu division participated in the TOYCATHON virtually from Krishi Bhawan, Talab Tillo, Jammu.

Addressing the huge gathering of young innovators and students, Advisor Bhatnagar stressed on the importance of creativity and critical thinking among the young minds. He highlighted that this unique programme was aimed at exploring the rich cultural heritage of Jammu and Kashmir through redesigning and rediscovering toys and games, with innovative ideas conceived by the school children.

He added that the TOYCATHON 2023 promotes creativity, innovation skills, and awareness of local materials and traditions by igniting young minds.

The Advisor said that this Toycathon was an event of learning by experimentation and creative activity by focusing on developing toys and games that reflect innovative ideas, use of regional resources and revival of our local heritage. He emphasized on the importance of nurturing the creativity and talent of our youth.

“Innovation is key to progress, and TOYCATHON-like events provide a platform for our young minds to unleash their creativity and contribute to the growth of our nation,” Advisor Bhatnagar said.

The Advisor further said that our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has given a new route to the education system of our country by NEP-2020 and by this policy our country will be among the best in the world in days to come. He also said that our Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha gives utmost importance to the education sector and remains one of the focus areas of his administration.

He emphasized on the aspect of developing an attitude among the school children by which they can get curious about the boundaries of knowledge and be able to challenge them. He added that the students should be taught about problem-solving approaches for our society and our teachers should develop problem-solving teaching approaches among themselves while teaching at respective levels.

The Advisor also said that every student has unique potential and it is our teachers’ and mentors’ responsibility to bring that potential out of their students. He appreciated the organisers, teachers and mentors for organising this unique programme, highlighting the role of such initiatives in shaping a brighter future for our nation.

During the Grand Finale, the Advisor also interacted with every participant of the TOYCATHON and spoke at length with them about their models and designs.

While interacting with the young innovators, Advisor Bhatnagar said that these models are unique and rather than being innovative toys, they also reflect the practical problems of our society mainly concerning the environment, agriculture and other day-to-day issues.

Addressing the gathering, Principal Secretary of Education, Alok Kumar said that this TOYCATHON showcased the potential of our students and their mentors, and is a testament to what we can achieve together. He highlighted that this unique programme will set up an ecosystem for the development of the toy industry across the region.

Director, SCERT, Prof. Parikshat Singh, in his welcome address, said that more than 1,23000 registrations were received for this event and more than 5400 competitions were organised across the UT at the School, District and UT levels. He highlighted that this event will be a platform for the development of the toy industry. He remarked that the business models of these designs showcased in the Grand Finale will be worked out for handholding.

Similarly, the Grand Finale of TOYCATHON 2023 was also held at Krishi Bhawan, Talab Tillo, Jammu, in which students from various schools of Jammu division participated, who showcased their unique and innovative toys and models on the occasion.

Pertinently, TOYCATHON 2023 with the theme ‘Promotion of innovative ideas and revival of local heritage’ was held in three categories i.e. class 6th to 8th, class 9th to 10th and class 11th to 12th. 

The modalities of the event were launched on 12th May 2023 with an opening date for registration and submission of ideas for toys and games for the students. TOYCATHON involved three-tier competition starting from School level competition, District level competition and UT-level competition – the Grand Finale.

TOYCATHON is an initiative of the Government of India to crowd-source innovative ideas for toys and games based on Bhartiya Sanskriti, Ethos, Culture, History, Technology, Ethnicity, National Heroes and important events, providing students with the opportunity to propose toys and games that will greatly explore the hidden talent of potentialities and abilities of children to understand the ethos and values of Indian Culture as envisioned in National Educational Policy 2020.

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