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A two day International Webinar will be organised on 20th and 21st January 2022, with the aim of rediscovering the role of toys in cognitive development of children and to promote the art of creating toys with help of low/no cost material which are environmentally sustainable and which ignite creativity, collaboration and problem-solving skills in children. During two days of the Webinar, focus will be on different aspects of toys at all stages of school across all subjects and their mapping; pedagogical implications of toys; toys and games as learning through play and make; living/ local tradition of toy making; courses for designing toys and games as skill courses in school Education. Each Session of the Webinar will have Panel Discussions by experts from India and other countries and paper presentations. On both the days, parallel events will be held for teachers as demonstration workshops by practitioner teachers on making toys and presentation of good practices in schools. The outcome of the Webinar will lay a roadmap for infusion and integration of toys and games in education at all stages


The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is an autonomous organisation set up in 1961 by the Government of India to assist and advise the Central and State Governments on policies and programmes for qualitative improvement in school education. The major objectives of NCERT and its constituent units are to: undertake, promote and coordinate research in areas related to school education; prepare and publish model textbooks, supplementary material, journals and develop educational kits, multimedia digital materials; organise pre-service and in-service training of teachers; develop and disseminate innovative educational techniques and practices; collaborate and develop a network with state educational departments, universities, NGOs and other educational institutions; act as a clearing house for ideas and information in matters related to school education; and act as a nodal agency for achieving the goals of Universalisation of Elementary Education. In addition to research, development, training, extension, publication and dissemination activities, NCERT is an implementation agency for bilateral cultural exchange programmes with other countries in the field of school education. The NCERT also interacts and works in collaboration with the international organisations, visiting foreign delegations and offers various training facilities to educational personnel from developing countries. *https://ncert.nic.in*


Education plays a significant and remedial role in balancing the socio-economic fabric of the country. Since citizens of India are its most valuable resource, our billion-strong nation needs the nurture and care in the form of basic education to achieve a better quality of life. This warrants an all-round development of our citizens, which can be achieved by building strong foundations in education. In pursuance of this mission, the Ministry of Education (MoE) was created on September 26, 1985, through the 174th amendment in the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961. Currently, the MoE works through two departments:

  • Department of School Education and Literacy
  • Department of Higher Education

While the Department of School Education and Literacy (DESL) is responsible for the development of school education and literacy in the country, the Department of Higher Education takes care of what is one of the largest Higher Education systems of the world, just after the United States and China.
The DESL has its eyes set on the ‘universalisation of education’ and making better citizens out of our young brigade. For this, various new schemes and initiatives are taken up regularly and recently, those schemes and initiatives have also started paying dividends in the form of growing enrolment in schools. *https://www.education.gov.in/en/about-moeps://ncert.nic.in*

1. Toys in Different Civilisations and Cultures
  • Toys and games in different periods of history
  • Indigenous toys and games
  • Living tradition of toys and games
  • Documentation of traditional toy making processes
2. Innovative Toys and Technology
  • Developing app based toys and games
  • Reinventing traditional toys
  • Toys for skill enhancement
3. Toys to Play, Make and Learn
  • Toys for different age groups
  • Toys that children can make in schools with low cost/no cost environmentally sustainable material
4. Learning Different Concepts: Toy Based Pedagogy
  • Using toys, games, puppetry, story-telling etc. of different subjects at all stages of schooling
  • Challenges in classroom while using Toy-based Pedagogy
  • Why and how to use Toy-based Pedagogy
5. Toy Design Education and Courses
  • Linkages between school, higher and skill education
6. Toys to address different societal concerns
  • Toys and games for inclusion
  • Making toys inclusive for differently abled children
DAY 1: Thursday, January 20, 2022


10:00 am-11:00 am

  • Welcome address by Prof. Sridhar Srivastva, Director, NCERT
  • About the Webinar by Prof. Jyotsna Tiwari, Head, Department of Gender Studies, NCERT and Coordinator of the Webinar
  • Address by the Guest of Honour, Smt. Anita Karwal, Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Education
  • Key Note Address by Dr. Harshad P. Shah, Vice Chancellor, Children’s University, Gandhinagar
  • Address by the Chief Guest, Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, Hon'ble Minister of State for Education
  • Vote of Thanks by Prof. Amarendra P. Behera, Joint Director, CIET, NCERT

Technical Session 1

11:00 am – 12:45 pm

Toys in Different Civilizations and Cultures


Sadchidanand Joshi
Member Secretary
Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts, New Delhi


Seema S Ojha
Professor, Department of Education in Social Sciences, NCERT

Paper Presentations

  • Joys of Childhood: Timeless Indian Toys: Komal Pande, Assistant Curator, National Museum, New Delhi
  • Contribution of Indigenous Toys in Preserving Indian Culture: Aditi Jha, Associate Professor, Rachana Sansad College of Applied Art and Craft, Mumbai
  • Indigenous Games Foster Holistic Development of Children: Sushila Sharma, Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Baba Mastnath University, Rohtak
  • History of Toys and Impact in School Education: Partha Pratim Mazumdar, Assistant Teacher, BhojKuchi MV School, Assam
  • Revisiting Traditional Toy Making in Varanasi: Manish Arora, Assistant Professor, Shristi Prajapati, Ph. D. Scholar, and Shivangi Gupta, Ph. D. Scholar, Department of Applied Arts, Faculty of Visual Arts, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • The Historicity of Toys- Past and Present Linkages: Sima Saigal, Associate Professor, NERIE-NCERT, Shillong

About the Session:

The world over, toys and games in different periods of history, were made from different materials. Even today, we find globally, many forms of indigenous toys and games as living traditions, specially in most parts of India. Traditionally, they are made from sustainable and local materials which are available locally. Students in schools learn from them, through play, by making them as well as in the secondary classes they can document the toy making processes and different aspects related with them.

Hands On Presentation

12:45 pm-1:15 pm

  • Centre for Cultural Resources and Training, Ministry of Culture
  • Design Intervention at Benaras Toy Clusters through Innovative Toy Designs -Vikas Gupta
  • Reviving the Heritage of Chennapatna Toy Cluster through Design - Athul Dinesh

Technical Session 2

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Learning Different Concepts with Toys: Toy based Pedagogy


Kim Insley, Associate
Professor (Teaching) in the Department of Curriculum,
Pedagogy and Assessment, Institute of Education, University College of London


Ranjana Arora Professor & Head, Department of Curriculum Studies and Development, NCERT

Paper Presentations

  • Games in Education, A New Learning System of Classroom: Vishal R. Bapodara, Assistant Teacher, Khera 1 Primary School, Amreli
  • Toys - A Catalyst to Learning Enhancement: Brajayanti Devi, Associate Professor, NERIE, Shillong
  • Play With Balloons: Rajkumar S, TGT, State Training Centre, Puducherry
  • Learning Mathematics through Traditional Games: Thomas Gilsdorf University Professor, Central Michigan University, USA and Shalini Verma, Senior Research Fellow, Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra
  • Importance and Role of Indigenous Toys, Games and Puppets (online/ offline) in Primary Classes: Vijay Kumar Chawla , PGT, G.M.S.S.S.S. Keorak

About the Session:

Toys and games have immense scope for learning different concepts across the subjects and age groups. Children start playing with them and in later years, they can make them out of any material available to them, in school or at home. Making toys itself is a learning process and students learn a lot of things

Hands On Presentation

3:45 pm-4:15 pm

  • Anil Pradhan, Founder, Youngtinker lab, Odisha
  • Anju Kauwr Chazot, Director, Mahatma Gandhi International School
  • Presentations by KVS Teachers
  • Sharaya Naik: Promoting Conscious Consumerism through Educational Games

Technical Session 3

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Toy Design Education: Courses and Careers


Ravi Poovaiah, Professor,
Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, Mumbai


Jyotsna Tiwari Professor & Head, Department of Gender Studies, NCERT

Panel Discussion

  • Austin Davis, Faculty, PG Program in Toy and Game design, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
  • Diti Vyas, Associate Professor, Communications and Writing, Anant National University, Ahmedabad
  • Bibhudatta Baral, Principal Faculty, PG Program in Digital Game design, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
  • Swati Shelar, Jump design, India
  • Vishal Bhand, Associate Professor, Shilpa Sadan, Vishwa Bharati, West Bengal

About the Session:

Design thinking, skill development, creativity and innovation are some of the inherent aspects of education, which start from the earliest years and can continue, establishing linkages between School, Higher and Skill Education. How different educational institutions can address these is the key concern.

DAY 2: Friday, January 21, 2022

Technical Session 4

9:45 am-11:15 am

Toys to Play, Make and Learn


Harshad P. Shah
Vice Chancellor, Children’s University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat


Suniti Sanwal
Professor & Head, Department of Elementary Education, NCERT

Paper Presentations

  • Cocoon Finger Puppets: A New Participatory Pedagogical Method in Education: Arun Mascarenhas, Assistant Professor, Industrial Design Center, IIT Bombay and Ms. Suvidha P is an Artist, Design academician, and Entrepreneur
  • Bamboo Toys and TLM: Muralikrishna. P, SGT, MP UPS Ramakrishnapuram and Dr. J. Mahender, Department of Zoology, Palamuru University, Mahabubnagar.
  • Sounding Canister: Rathod Rameshkumar Shamjibhai, BRC CO , BRC Bhavan,
  • Playing around nature, Effect on working memory of Preschoolers: Shivani Vashishtha, UGC Senior Research Fellow with Sona Ahuja, Ph.D Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra
  • Maths Lab on Wheels, Toys for Learning of Mathematics at Elementary School Stage: Sanjeev Kumar, Lecturer, District Institute of Education and Training, Shimla

About the Session:

Toys can be for all age groups, to play, to make and to learn. Students in the Foundational stage can play and explore them, they can make toys from anything from paper to straw to bangles or whatever is easily available. They can make them in schools with low cost/no cost environmentally sustainable materials with the help and guidance from parents or teachers.

Presentation: Hands On

11:15 am-11:30 am

  • Case Study from Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment, Institute of Education, University College of London
  • Indira SubramanIan: Teacher Educator & School Academic Consultant, Internationally Certified Trainer in Serious Play methods and materials, Singapore

Technical Session 5

11:30 am-1:00 pm

Toys to Address Different Societal Concerns


Praveen Nahar
Director, National Institute of Design, Ahmadabad


Anupam Ahuja,
Professor & Head, International Relations Division, NCERT

Paper Presentations

  • Toys for Inclusion of Children in Pre-School: Aakash Johray, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Systemic Change Group, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Inclusive Toys for Preschool Education in India: Nima Anil, Ph.D. Scholar and Dr. S. Kavitha Maithily, Ph.D, The Gandhigram Rural Institution, Gandhiram, Tamil Nadu
  • Dexterity Deck - Inclusivity and Dexterity for Children with Cerebral Palsy: Ishita Chitturi (with Aditi Bhalekar and Dhriti Jain), Practitioners, Anant National University, Ahmedabad
  • Using Indigenious Toys & Games in Play Therapy for Children: Himanshi Bhati, Junior Project Fellow, Central Institute of Educational Technology, NCERT

About the Session:

Usually, toys and games are designed, keeping in mind a ‘normal’ child, but playing with toys can also be a therapy for inclusion of differently abled children as well. Many initiatives have taken place to design toys and games for children with special needs to enjoy and learn…

Hands On Presentation

1:00 pm-1:15 pm

  • Nitya Gianani, Sharvin Sawant, Robin Kumawat, Anvika Shetty: Last mile mobility solutions: Bringing play therapy and toy based education to homes
  • Jyoti Gupta: Toy Based Pedagogy
  • Darpan Trivedi: Assisting Kids in Building Emotional Resilience through Play Activity Kits
  • Tanya Prasad: Emotional Health Education for Adolescents through Toys

Technical Session 6

2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Innovative Toys and Technology


Abhay Jere
Chief Innovation Officer, Ministry of Education, Government of India


Dinesh Kumar, Professor
Department of Education in Science and Mathematics, NCERT

Panel Discussion

  • Gayatri Menon, Senior Faculty, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
  • Siegfried Zoels, Managing director, Fordern durch Spielmittel, Berlin, Germany
  • Kanaka Ananth, Director, Maniams, Coimbatore
  • Krister Svensson, Play Design, Sweden

About the Session:

Developing App Based Toys and Games (including board games, robotics, puzzles, etc.) can come through developing desired skills, creativity, innovation etc. from early stages where students can reinvent toys in different media. This can lead to Entrepreneurship and Start-ups in later years contributing to the country's economy. The Session will address some of these issues.

Hands On Presentation

3:30 pm-3:50 pm

  • Lalon: Play Way Method of Introducing Design in Schools through Online Digital Medium
  • Aniruddha Chaturvedi: Physical Education in Schools: Innovative System Solutions in the Sports Sector
  • Therapeutic Toys and Digital Games for Children with Special Needs - Akhil K and Tejas Gopalan


4:00 pm-5:00 pm

  • Welcome address by Prof. Sridhar Srivastva, Director, NCERT
  • Report of the 2 Day International Webinar by Prof. Anupam Ahuja, Head, Division of International Relations, NCERT
  • Toy Based Pedagogy and Leanings: Initiatives of the MoE, and the Way Forward by Ms L S Changsan, Joint Secretary (Institutions), Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Education
  • Address and Concluding Remarks by Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi
  • Address by the Chief Guest Dr. Subhash Sarkar, Hon'ble Minister of State for Education
  • Vote of Thanks by Prof. Jyotsna Tiwari, Head, Department of Gender Studies, NCERT and Coordinator of the Webinar

Mrs. Anita Karwal, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education, Government of India
Prof. Sridhar Srivastava, Director, NCERT
Ms. L. S. Chansang, Joint Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education, Government of India

Advisory Committee

Prof. Sridhar Srivastava, Director, NCERT
Dr. Harshad P. Shah, Vice Chancellor, Children’s University, Gandhinagar
Prof. Ravi Poovaiah, Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, Mumbai
Mr. Manish Jain, Principal Coordinator, Creative Learning Initiative Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar
Ms Gayatri Menon, Toy Innovation Center, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
Mr. Abhay Jere, Chief Innovation Officer, Government of India
Ms Anju Kauwr Chazot, Mahatma Gandhi International School, Ahmedabad

Organizing Committee

Prof. Anupam Ahuja, Head, IRD
Prof. Pawan Sudhir, Head, DEAA
Prof. Dinesh Kumar, Department of Education in Science & Mathematics
Prof. Ranjana Arora, Head, Department of Curriculum Studies & Development
Prof. Suniti Sanwal, Head, Department of Elementary Education
Prof. Seema Shukla Ojha, Department of Education in Social Sciences
Prof. Jyotsna Tiwari, Head, Department of Gender Studies (Overall Co-ordinator)

Technical And Social Media Committee

Prof. Amarendra P. Behera, Joint Director, CIET, NCERT
Dr. Rejaul Karim Barbhuiya, Assistant Professor, CIET, NCERT

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Registration opens: 30 November, 2021
Last date for abstract submission: 15 December, 2021
Last date of submission of full paper: 10 January, 2022
Dr. Jyotsna Tiwari

Head, Department of Gender Studies
Professor, Department of Education in Arts & Aesthetics
National Council of Educational Research and Training
Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi-110016, India




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