CBSE introduces ‘Coding’ and ‘Data Science’
   Date :05-Jun-2021

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COMPLYING with the recommendations of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, the CBSE has introduced coding and data science as skill subjects in the schools. Sharing the information, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank tweeted: “Under NEP 2020, we promised to introduce coding and data science in schools. Today, I’m happy to see CBSE fulfilling the promise right in the session of 2021 itself.
“In association with Microsoft, CBSE is empowering India’s future generations with new-age skills. Kudos.” The CBSE also communicated to all heads of its affiliated Institutions about the introduction of ‘coding’ and ‘data science’ as a skill module or skill subject from the current session. The CBSE wrote that coding is a creative activity that students from any discipline can engage in and it helps to build computational thinking, develop problem solving skills, critical thinking and exposure to real life situations to solve issues in various realms.
“Therefore, coding’ is being introduced as a Skill Module of 12 hours duration in Classes 6 to 8. The idea is to simplify the coding learning experience by nurturing design thinking, logical flow of ideas and applying this across the disciplines,” its communique said. Faculty and Student Handbooks have been created with support from Microsoft, so that the students can work on applied projects and integrate coding across multiple subjects and make learning fun.
“Faculty resources will empower the faculty for teaching these concepts. The Handbooks cover real life examples on coding. builds exposure to ethics of coding and provides exercises and applications using the open source MakeCode platform,” it said. Emphasising importance of data in today’s world, the CBSE introduced ‘data science’ as a Skill Module of 12 hours duration in class VIII and as a Skill Subject in classes IX-XII. Student and faculty handbooks and teaching materials have been created with support from Microsoft.
13-member panel to develop criteria for Class 12, submit report in 10 days
THE Central Board of Secondary Education on Friday constituted a 13-member committee to work out an objective criteria for assessment of class 12 students after their board exams were cancelled. The panel will submit its report within 10 days.
“In view of the uncertain conditions due to COVID and the feedback obtained from various stakeholders, it was decided that Class 12 board exams of CBSE will not be held this year,” said CBSE Examination Controller Sanyam Bhardwaj. The members include--Education Ministry Joint Secy Vipin Kumar; Delhi Education Director Udit Prakash Rai; Kenridya Vidyalaya Sangathan Commissioner Nidhi Pandey; Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti Commissioner Vinayak Garg; Chandigarh School Education Director Rubinderjit Singh Brar; CBSE Director (IT) Antriksh Johri and CBSE Director Joseph Emanuel.
The panel will also have one representative each from UGC and NCERT and two representatives from schools.