Coding And Data Science Courses For CBSE Class 6 To Class 12
By Asmita Kundu
In the upcoming 2021-2022 academic session, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will introduce coding as a topic for students in Class 6-8 and data science curriculum for students in Class 8-12 as new skilling courses in association with Microsoft. The coding and data science curriculum focus on developing critical thinking skills, computational abilities, problem-solving abilities, creativity, and hands-on experience with emerging technologies. The subjects were introduced in accordance with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
Manoj Ahuja, Chairman, CBSE said, “As we transition to a world that relies increasingly on technology, it is critical that we impart skills that prepares students and educators across the country to succeed in this digital world. The new course curriculum on coding and data science that we have developed in partnership with Microsoft will equip students with future-ready learning skills.
“This is an important step to enable self-reliance in our students and equip them with skills like problem-solving, logical thinking, collaboration and design thinking that are critical for success.”
Microsoft has created additional handbooks as per the NCERT patterns and frameworks in both coding and data science. The books include realistic examples aimed at exposing students more closely to the ethical dimensions of Microsoft MakeCode, an open-source platform for learning more effectively in all disciplines, including mathematics, languages and social sciences while setting the foundation for AI-based data science applications.
Navtez Bal, Executive Director, Public Sector, Microsoft India stated: “Skills like coding and data science are the currency of the future. Including these skills in school, the curriculum will play a strong role in preparing India’s future workforce for the new world of work.”