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CBSE introduces coding and data science as new subjects

CBSE introduces coding and data science as new subjects

  • CBSE in collaboration with Microsoft to introduced coding as a subject for Class 6-8 and data science curriculum for Class 8-12 as new skilling subjects in the 2021-2022 academic session.
  • The subjects have been launched in line with the National Education Policy 2020.
  • Microsoft has designed handbooks in both coding and data science, aligned with NCERT patterns and structures.
  • The coding and data science curriculum are focused on building critical thinking, computational skills, problem-solving skills, creativity, and hands-on exposure to new technologies

  • The Union Cabinet has approved the new National Education Policy 2020 with an aim to introduce several changes in the Indian education system from school to the college level.

  • The Cabinet has also approved the renaming of the Ministry of Human Resource Development to the Ministry of Education.

  • The New Education Policy cleared by the Cabinet is only the third major revamp of the framework of education in India since independence.

Features of the new education policy

  • Replacing the 10+2 structure of school curriculum with a 5+3+3+4 curriculum structure corresponding to age groups 3-8, 8-11, 11-14, and 14-18 years respectively.
  • All higher education institutions, except legal and medical colleges, to be governed by a single regulator​.
  • Common norms to be in place for private and public higher education institutions.
  • MPhil courses to be discontinued.
  • Board exams to be based on knowledge application.
  • Home language, mother tongue, or regional language to be medium of instruction up to class 5.
  • Common entrance exams to be held for admission to universities and higher education institutions.
  • School curriculum to be reduced to core concepts; integration of vocational education from class 6.