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India's Plan to Compete With China: More Coding in Schools

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to make India one of the world's leaders in research. One way he wants to get there: more coding in schools.

Intent on capturing a bigger slice of the global IT market, Modi unveiled the National Education Policy 2020 last month that, among a slew of new initiatives, would introduce computational thinking and coding for students in grades six and above. 

Both the proposal's supporters and critics appear to believe the policy aims to provide a steady, trained workforce to India's IT industry.

"If India is to become a leader in these disparate areas, and truly achieve the potential of its vast talent pool to again become a leading knowledge society in the coming years and decades, the nation will require a significant expansion of its research capabilities and output across disciplines," according to the 66-page proposal.

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