Tim Cook Advise for Indian Students: More Pupils Study Coding in School

By Consultants Review Team Tuesday, 19 March 2024

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, emphasized the value of coding instruction during a recent visit to India, encouraging students—including girls—to start learning the language at a young age. Cook emphasized that coding is the sole universal language and stated his hope that more children will learn the language in order to solve issues in the real world with creative ideas.

Cook emphasized the need of incorporating coding into school curricula globally, especially in India, in an interview with IANS. He underlined that in today's digital age, learning to code not only allows for self-expression but also encourages creativity and invention, which in turn brings people closer together.

Taking into account India's sizable youth population, Cook examined the nation's potential to lead the world in technology by encouraging coding instruction in schools. He applauded the Government of India's attempts to promote digital literacy and skill development, especially in the area of coding.
Many initiatives, such as Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL), give students access to cutting-edge tools and technology while fostering their development of computational thinking and coding abilities.

Furthermore, the Uttar Pradesh education administration said a few months ago that it will incorporate computational thinking, coding, and the principles of artificial intelligence (AI) into the curricula of state-run schools, starting in the 2024–2025 school year.

Consequently, this program will involve about 50 lakh pupils from Classes 6 to 8 who are enrolled in over 45,000 state-owned institutions. Coding and computational skills were often thought to be specialized knowledge only available to tech-savvy people, but they are now understood to be critical cognitive tools necessary for students' overall growth.

To supplement the current scientific curriculum, the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) added a new course. Designed specifically for sixth-graders, the curriculum will cover fundamental computer science concepts, Microsoft Word fluency, and Python programming. Furthermore, networking and cyber security, data management, logical thinking, Microsoft Excel skills, and an introduction to artificial intelligence will all be taught to students in Classes 7-8. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will preside over the introduction of the SCERT-authored textbooks for all three classes.

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