The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has announced that they will collaborate with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay to create a Centre for Excellence in gaming and in other related areas. The Centre for Excellence in gaming is a future-forward step by the government and IIT Bombay. Gaming in India is on the rise, and it is vital to give not just gamers, but also game creators, artists, and developers a platform where they can showcase their skill and put India on the global map.
During a live event yesterday, Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Information and Broadcasting said that IIT Bombay will start courses related to VFX, Gaming, Development, and Animation later this year when the session kicks off for all students.
Centre for Excellence in Gaming will kickstart a future for young game enthusiasts in India
Happy to announce that @MIB_India in collaboration with @iitbombay has decided to form a Gaming center wherein courses related VFX, Gaming and Animation will be taught.@PIBMumbai @PIB_India @DDNewslive pic.twitter.com/l5ChhE59Fn
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) February 28, 2021
As of now, there are very few educational institutions that offer courses in Game Development and Game VFX. While you will be able to find a few, it is quite certain that the game development and other courses at IIT Bombay will be world class. In the recent past, several Indian made games have been gaining popularity.
FAU-G is a notable Indian mobile game title that came out in January of 2021 and prior to its launch, it set the record for the most number of pre-registrations. Also, the game Raji: An Ancient Epic, developed by Nodding Heads Games studios, is another Indian game that made it big in the international sphere- the game was the first and only Indian made game to be featured at The Game Awards 2020.
Apart from that, Ubisoft has partnered with Indian studios, especially towards pushing out Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake. Overall, the scope of gaming and related areas in India is quite vast.
During the live event, the minister stated “The games played on mobile are violent, explicit and more importantly create a very different feeling in the mind, and leads to addiction. PUBG is just one example of it. But by criticizing those games we won’t get the answer and therefore we have to create our own games and application for the world so that the world adopts it because it has basic human values,” he said.
The goal of the Centre of Excellence is to create games in India that can bring forth the essence of our culture and an Indian edge to the gaming world.