CBSE introduces Coding and Data Science

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in collaboration with Microsoft to introduce coding and data science in school curriculum.

Key points

  • Coding will be introduced for students of Class 6 to class 8 while data science will be introduced for Class 8 to class 12 as new skilling subjects.
  • Both these courses will be introduced in 2021-2022 academic session.

About coding and data science curriculum

Both of these skilling subjects focuses on building critical thinking, computational skills, creativity, problem-solving skills and hands-on exposure to new technologies. Subjects will be launched in line with National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

Role of Microsoft

Microsoft has designed supplementary handbooks for coding as well as data science in line with the NCERT patterns and structures. Books cover real-life examples with the aim of building exposure to ethical dimensions exposure to Microsoft MakeCode.

Microsoft MakeCode

It is an open-source platform that can enable students to learn better in a gamified manner. It will cover students of all disciplines like languages, mathematics and social sciences. Apart from this, it will also build foundation for AI-based applications of data science.

Data science

An interdisciplinary field which uses scientific methods, algorithms, processes, and systems in order to extract knowledge and insights from structured and unstructured data. It then applies knowledge and actionable insights in broad range of application domains. Data mining, machine learning and big data are part of data science.

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