Ministry of MSME sponsors IIT Kanpur in designing educational toy clusters around India
Kanpur, 30 Nov (KNN) The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) is providing financial aid to Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur in promoting the creation of educational toy clusters across the country.
The institute’s technology business incubator -- Foundation for Innovation and Research in Science and Technology (FIRST, IIT Kanpur) -- has partnered with MSME to facilitate the ministry’s design scheme, as published in Telegraph India.
On receiving approval from the Project Monitoring and Advisory Committee’s (PMAC), the MSME Development Institute has given a grant to five enterprises from FIRST IIT Kanpur to make prototypes of sustainable educational toys.
Amitabha Bandyopadhyay, professor-in-charge of Incubation and Innovation, IIT Kanpur said, “This design programme will help in revolutionising education in India. We look forward to supporting such initiatives that develop a learner’s critical thinking, decision-making and allied skills and encourage learning.”
Bio craft Innovation, Center of Digital Excellence, Mindbrics Edutech, Primary Healthtech and Cultech Wave are five startups to whom grant has been awarded.
He also stressed on the collaboration between FIRST, IIT Kanpur and MSME, with financial support from the ministry.
“This can truly change the modern toy industry of India which is dominated by cheap imported goods that are also highly unsustainable,” added Bandyopadhyay.
IIT Kanpur’s Team Makersclan was declared one of the winners at Toycathon 2021 for its board game, CheMystery. This board game aims to acquaint children with Chemistry and the use of various elements in real life, while inculcating among them the skills of critical thinking, decision making and planning.
Toycathon 2021 was jointly launched by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Women and Child Development, MSME, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Textiles, Information and Broadcasting Ministry, and AICTE on January 5, 2021, as part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat and Make in India vision to support the development of innovative toys and games.