The national competition is being organized on the digital platform from June 22nd to June 24th by the Ministry of Education innovation cell in association with seven ministries to bring the cultural heritage and mythology of India alive through toys. On this occasion, Dr. Vikas Singh while congratulating the participating teams said that this competition is a grand gathering of youngsters, youth, teachers, start-ups and experts, and businessmen related to toys. With this, there will be excellent results due to good coordination between the educational institutions and industries of the country. PURC Chairman Dr. Shivvaran Shukla said that it is a very proud moment for the ITM University and the entire Chhattisgarh state due to this opportunity to host the three-day ‘Toycathon 2021’. The main objective of this program is to develop the spirit of self-reliance and creativity in youngsters under the self-reliant India scheme of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Dr. Ishwar Kumar of EDII Gandhinagar said that at present 80 percent of the country’s toy market is imported from China. In view of this, it is a great business opportunity for India through such idea generation activities and start-up projects.
Dr. Satya Prakash Makhija, Head of the Department, School of Engineering and Research, further informed about the various phases of the three-day program and introduced the members of the jury. He also informed about the participation of various teams from different states like Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh. The program was conducted by Prof. Shanta Das and Prof. Shyamali Naidu and finally, the vote of thanks was proposed by Prof. Neelima Bagde.