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Posham Pa, Gilli Danda among 75 ‘Bhartiya Games’ to be Introduced in Schools

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Aug 02, 2022 8:00 AM

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Under the Indian Knowledge Systems (IKS) initiative, the central government has announced the introduction of 75 "Bhartiya Games" in schools. Posham pa, vish amrit, gilli danda, and langdi are among the games available. Santhal katti, a version of gilli danda played by Odisha's Santhal tribe, mardani khel, a form of martial arts originated in Maharashtra, and yubi lapki, a rugby-like game played with coconut in Manipur are also on the list.

Aim to make sports more inclusive at the school level

The list was compiled with the help of experts who suggested indigenous games originating from different parts of the country. “The idea is not just to simply promote Indian games in schools. The actual idea is to make sports more inclusive at the school level. For instance, the schools in rural areas do not have infrastructure for popular school games like basketball or badminton. Why should we restrict their participation?” Ganti S Murthy, national coordinator of IKS, told a leading news daily.

The introduction of Indian games was announced to coincide with the second anniversary of the National Education Policy, which went into effect in 2020. The Ministry of Education will continue to support the initiative. Some of these "Bhartiya Games" are said to be thousands of years old and deeply rooted in Indian culture. For example, gilli danda is thought to be a 5,000-year-old game mentioned in the Mahabharata.

Indian games listed under the IKS initiative

Physical education (PT) teachers will introduce the Indian games listed under the IKS initiative into schools. Teachers will also share photos and videos of students participating in the game. Certificates will be given to the top-performing schools and PT teachers.

On the second anniversary of the announcement of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, home minister Amit Shah stated that India is only using 5% of its potential if we are not teaching and learning in local Indian languages. When we only teach in English, we only reach 5% of the students in a class, according to Shah. According to the government, teaching in the mother tongue will ensure easy comprehension as well as ensure that no one is discriminated against in colleges or at the time of employment because of their language skills.

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