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Hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, online education is the new normal. But this creates an education gap as rural students in India struggle to get the required hardwares like smartphone or laptops or a TV providing online classes. However, students of government schools in Makthal Mandal in Narayanpet district of Telangana are doing something unbelievable.

The students, who undertook online coding training imparted by Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA), have surprised everyone with their skills as the students who didn't even know how a smartphone works are now developing games after training for just a few days.

Thirty-nine students and teachers who were selected from among 13 schools in Makthal Mandal for the coding training are now performing miracles.

‘’Among them, some students were unaware of the smartphone basics like mic, mute option but after undergoing a two-week long training in coding, they are now able to develop animation, video games,’’ said their trainers Mohammad Sajid and Tota Rajasekhar.

Through the training, students got to build essential coding skills, and gain an understanding of logic and sequence in the programming language.

They got training in video games like ‘Be a Star’ as part of which one has to reach a star on a rocket. Later, based on these online classes on their mobiles, they developed animations and games.

They also developed animation based greetings through Python programming. They designed greetings for World Gratitude Day and on par with students of international schools," said TITA Global President Sundeep Kumar Makthala

Given the growing role of Artificial Intelligence in various spheres and the growing prominence of coding, the TITA has decided to impart coding skills to one lakh people in Telangana by 2022 through its digital entity Digithon.

TITA, in association with the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), has recently launched a programme in which training will be provided to learners (with no prior technical knowledge) in areas like Scratch, Python programming languages.

As part of the coding programme, trainers will impart coding skills based on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-developed Scratch which will focus on the basic level programme, developing games, voice to text conversion, developing games for two weeks which will enable the trainees to develop games, animation on their own.

Speaking about the training, Sundeep Makthala said that connecting techies based in Hyderabad with students in Makthal was a challenging task for the programme.

These students have set an example that the rural students if guided properly, bring out their best at any given platform, said Sundeep.

He expressed happiness that students showed much enthusiasm in learning to code and with the scope for work from home increasing, now they can explore future scope in the coding area.
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