Coding program for schoolchildren launched

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Coding program for schoolchildren launched

Narayanpet district collector Dasari Hari Chandana launches a free coding program in the government-run school in the town on Tuesday. TITA global president Sundeep Kumar Makthala is seen with the district collector.

 Hyderabad: To equip government schoolchildren with the latest learning tools, Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA) launched a coding program - Telangana Early Coders (TEC)- to impart coding skills for students of State schools. Narayanpet District Collector Dasari Hari Chandana and TITA Global President Sundeep Kumar Makthala launched the coding program in Narayanpet on Tuesday.

As part of the program, 2013 students and teachers will be trained in coding skills which will be imparted by TITA in association with Telangana State Technology Services and the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).

Speaking on the occasion Collector Hari Chandana praised TITA chief Sundeep Makthala saying that the coding program will help children in government schools learn new-age skills. She urged schools to make the best use of the program.

Hailing Sundeep for his various initiatives in the field of education, health, Collector said that a coding program that is taught at private institutes for a fee ranging from Rs 25,000 to 30,000 will be taught for free. She said that techies have made it possible to impart such training to schoolchildren despite there was no such facility in rural areas.

Speaking on the occasion, TITA chief Sundeep Makthala expressed happiness saying that US variety Univerity of Texas at Dallas and TSTS has come forward for such a novel initiative. Sundeep said that the coding program will help rural students hone their technical skills. The coding program will be extended to other districts as well in the future, he said.

As part of the Telangana Early Coders (TEC) program, 183 students and teachers from 61 schools will be chosen and trained in coding skills who in turn will train 30 students in each school later. At the end of the coding program, as many as 2013 students and teachers will learn coding. Those completing the training successfully will receive a certificate in coding from the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) & DIGITHON.

This will be the first time that such a large number of students and from rural districts get trained in coding. As part of the coding program, students will be taught courses like Python, Scratch. Students will be trained in three locations of Makthal, Maddur, Narayanpet mandals in the district. All Students will be trained on laptops.

District Education Officer Liyakhat Khan, Vidya Sagar, Srinivas, Yadaiah and others were present.

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