In an aim to revive traditional outdoor games that are slipping into oblivion, the Chaudhary Charan Singh University in Meerut is introducing games like 'gilli danda', marbles and 'stapoo' (hopscotch) for students doing Bachelors in Physical Education from the new academic session.
The new subject will be called 'The Traditional Games of India' under the BA (Physical Education) degree.
The traditional games are being revived under the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, according to the university. At present, students of Physical Education are taught up to 25 games such as volleyball, wrestling, swimming, cricket and basketball.
K.K. Pandey, Assistant Professor at the Physical Education Department at CCSU, said: "This will provide recognition to games that we all loved as children but which are now getting lost. With the new subject, our students and future physical training instructors (PTIs) will be equipped to train school children in such games."
He further said that the games are also meant to build strength.