In a pioneering project designed to create a resource pool of skilled future IT professionals and entrepreneurs, around 2,500 school children across Kerala will be given computer programming kits and taught to code.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will launch the pilot phase of the state government’s ‘Learn to Code’ project here on Saturday. Under this programme 2,500 selected students will be given Raspberry Pi computer programming kits and trained by IT experts to write code.
The Raspberry Pi distribution is the first such project in India and currently the only state-sponsored programme of its kind in the world.
It is being implemented by the Techno park Technology Business Incubator (TTBI) in association with Kerala‘s IT@School project and Kochi-based mobile internet technology incubator Start-up Village.
Computers will also be distributed to the selected students in all districts of the state and the inaugural will be followed by a training session handled by the faculty of IT@School.
It will be telecast live to all district venues of IT@School through the Victors educational channel.
The government under the scheme will distribute 10,000 kits annually to students, primarily in eighth standard, and follow it up with focussed training and mentoring sessions and competitions.
Industries and IT Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty said that “Information Technology, is one of the growth engines of Kerala’s economy and the project has been launched with the long-term goal of making our state a global technology hub in coming years”.