Union the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday announced that I & B ministry in collaboration with IIT Bombay has decided to form a Center of Excellence in gaming and other related areas.
“I am happy to announce that the I&B Ministry in collaboration with IIT Bombay will form a Centre of Excellence in Gaming and other related areas such as VFX and Animation," the minister said.
"IIT Bombay will start courses from this year itself," Javadekar said. "We're at an advanced stage of preparations," he added.
Javadekar was addressing the opening ceremony of virtual exhibition and prize Announcement of 'Khel Khel Mein A Pan Maharashtra Toy/Game/ Project Design Competition'.
Cautioning that many mobile games are "violent, explicit and addictive," Javadekar said the government plans to promote Indian cultural ethos in gaming and other related areas. He said many games played on mobile and other gadgets tend to create a complex in the mind of children.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi is passionate about preserving and perpetuating Indian values, heritage and cultural ethos and is putting in immense effort so that the children and youth of our country are made aware of our rich culture and tradition," the minister said.
"We can also introduce those values via modern technology and put it to optimum use," he said.
"PUBG was just one example of it, but criticising those games is not the solution. The solution is to create our own games and apps in line with #MakeInIndia for the world so that these are adopted world over for their basic values that are an integral part of our Indian ethos," Javadekar said.
PUBG was among over 100 China-origin mobile applications banned by the government last year.