Indian School Introduces Esports in Curriculum

Abhimannu Das
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A group of schools based in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India, has introduced esports as a part of its extracurricular activities.
The schools had also hosted a Minecraft competition for its students in the past.
Esports is getting increased recognition in the subcontinent and making it a part of the school curriculum can help de-stigmatize it within Indian society.

A group of schools based in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India, has introduced esports as a part of its extracurricular activities. Dalimss Sunbeam Group of Schools is introducing esports to improve self-esteem, enable visual-spatial learning and facilitate the development of motor skills and technological proficiency, according to a release. Esports is getting increased recognition in the subcontinent and making it a part of school curriculum can help de-stigmatize it within Indian society.

Esports as an extracurricular activity can be very beneficial

The importance of extracurricular activities is often stressed within educational institutions globally. Studies have shown that students who take part in activities alongside academics at school are more successful. Esports being added as part of the school curriculum can help young minds learn how to work with others, develop social skills, adopt strategic thinking and understand the concepts of success and failure.

“The objective behind including esports in our extracurricular activities is to introduce healthy competition among students and help improve their overall performance and well-being,” said Pooja Madhok, Director, Dalimss Sunbeam Group of Schools.

This is not the first time that Dalimss has shown an interest in esports. The group of schools recently hosted a Minecraft championship in a bid to promote creativity and collaboration within a digital environment.

Esports is not officially included in the academic curriculum at government-owned academic institutions in India. There are very few private academic institutes that offer courses in esports. Currently, Whistling Woods International offers management degrees at the bachelors and masters level for sports and esports. In 2019, Esports organization Global Esports partnered with Harrisburg University to offer an academic program in esports.

Earlier this month, an Indian Parliament member also talked about the importance of esports and wants it to be recognized officially. In February 2022, Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also revealed that the government wants to focus on Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming, and Comics (AVGC). During the budget, she said that an AVGC promotion task force, with all stakeholders, will be set up to recommend ways to realize this and build domestic capacity for serving out markets and the global demand.

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Abhimannu is a part of the content team at AFK Gaming and a lifelong obsessive gamer. He currently covers esports titles like VALORANT, CS: GO, Call of Duty, Fortnite, PUBG and more.