02-26-2015, 05:01 PM
Thousands of schools across Kerala will be given kits and trained in computer programming to write software code under a project designed to create a set of resources of qualified IT professionals and entrepreneurs.
Oommen Chandy was chief minister Saturday directed the pilot phase of the state government "Learning to code" project here under which 2,500 students selected will be donated kits Raspberry Pi computer programming consists of IT experts to write code.
The distribution Raspberry Pi is the first such project in India and currently only state sponsored program of its kind in the world.
This technology is being introduced to the Technopark business incubator (TTBI) in partnership with the IT @ School project of Kerala and Kochi-based mobile internet technology incubator village commissioning.
Computers are also distributed to selected students in all districts of the state and the opener will be followed by a training session by the Faculty of IT @ School.
It will be broadcast live to all rooms of the IT @ School district through the educational channel Victers.
The government under the scheme distributes kits to 10,000 students annually, mainly in the eighth standard and stay focused training and mentoring sessions and competitions.
"Information technology is one of the growth engines of the economy of Kerala and the project has been launched with the long term goal of making our state a global technology center in the coming years", industries and IT Minister PK Kunhalikutty said.
The TTBI has spent more than Rs.one crore in procuring kits Raspberry Pi. Each kit consists of a Costa Rs.4,324 and Board Raspberry Pi + B, enclosure, eight GB SD card, HDMI cable, VGA cable HDMI, USB keyboard and USB mouse.
"We demand for skilled employees in India to become a manufacturing powerhouse that can build products for industries such as electronics and ICT. To build these products, we need excellent coders are key build new companies that will become a billion dollar business, "Principal Secretary IT PH Kurian said.
The Raspberry Pi computer is a custom low-cost credit card that plugs into a display unit (computer monitor or TV) and uses a standard keyboard and mouse.
They can carry out functions of a regular desktop, such as word processing, games and videos, and surf the Internet, and allows users to learn to program in languages like Python and zero.
The first students will be given basic training and encouraged to experiment with Pi. Sessions focused coding exams begin after March.
Each student will be assigned a tutor, from April to guide them through the learning process.
"We will evaluate the pilot project in six months time, overcome it and extend it to more schools," said c Jayasankar Prasad, CEO TTBI.