Goa’s visionary approach to robotics and coding education

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, underscored the future job impact of big data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI), emphasising the imperative for a skilled workforce, particularly in robotics and data science. In response to the dynamic changes in the global knowledge landscape with significant technological advancements, Sawant stated that his government is actively implementing various schemes for the state’s youth. According to Sawant, there is a growing demand for a skilled workforce, particularly in fields like robotics and data science. He highlighted the importance of education in robotics and coding, not only for learning technical skills but also for fostering critical thinking, problem-solving abilities, creativity, and multidisciplinary innovation.

 The Directorate of Technical Education is executing the Coding and Robotics Education Scheme (CARES) across all government-aided schools in the state. The primary objective is to make education more experiential, holistic, integrated, inquiry-driven, and discovery-oriented. Sawant urged stakeholders to actively contribute to fulfilling the scheme’s purpose, praising them for their commendable work. Speaking at a function in Porvorim, Sawant disclosed the government’s decision to implement the CARES scheme, ensuring that the youth acquire the necessary skills for future livelihoods. The event aimed to felicitate state-level winners of various competitions, including Blender Nation Thon, Codeavour 2023, Bebras India Challenge 2023, and officials contributing to the CARES scheme.

 Dr. Vivek Kamat, Director of Technical Education, proudly announced that Goa is the first state in the country to introduce coding and robotics education in all schools. He elaborated on the scheme’s objectives, incorporating computational and design thinking abilities and programming into the Goa State Board curriculum, preparing students for the digital challenges of the 21st century. Kamat revealed the government’s contemplation of making skill education, particularly coding and problem-solving skills, accessible to school-going children from all sections of society. The felicitation ceremony acknowledged state-level winners of Blender Nation Thon, Codeavour 2023, and Bebras India Challenge 2023, recognising their significant contributions to the CARES scheme and its objectives.

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