Cycling around monuments to help heritage

Recently a team of three final year students of Civil Engineering from ‘Thiagarajar Polytechnic College’ in Salem, Tamil Nadu launched ‘Heritage Race’ a Virtual Reality mobile-only game that lets users cycle around monuments, from the comfort of their homes.

The game has been created as part of All India Council for Technical Education’s (AICTE) Toycathon 2021, an initiative under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, to encourage conceptualization of novel toys and games that are based on ‘Bharatiya civilisation, history and culture’.

 The first monument adapted was the Taj Mahal, giving a 360-degree experience of the environment, featuring gardens, bridges and Vedic music as background score.

As one gets close to the monuments, there are pop-ups, making the experience informative as well as entertaining. The team is now modelling the Qutab Minar and India Gate for the upcoming games and plans to release the game Heritage Race on App Store and Play Store by October this year.

I request you and the editorial board to kindly assign a journalist to further pursue this story in detail. This will encourage young minds to understand the role played by technology in today’s world and take up similar initiatives to create an impact.

It will further spread awareness in the minds of young children regarding our nation’s rich heritage and culture, since such physical outings have been limited due to the spread of the pandemic.

 I am certain that the campaigning for this project’s funds will gain support from technology enthusiasts, people sensitive towards our nations rich culture and heritage and history lovers.


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