A study of Indian children’s programming languages is set to begin next month.
The National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER), a research institution based in Mumbai, is to conduct a study in the children of five to eight years old in the country to gather data on how they learn and use language.
The study will be a pilot study that will be completed in five months, with the aim of identifying the most commonly used languages for children and the languages they use most frequently.
The first batch of study participants will be selected from among students from across the country and will then be assessed by an NCAER researcher.
The NCAER hopes to get a clearer picture of the languages used by the country’s growing population.
The government has set aside Rs 500 crore for the project and will allocate Rs 10 crore towards the project.
“The government is looking to develop a digital education infrastructure, a platform to support the creation of innovative and scalable educational technology,” the government said in a statement.
“The project will help us better understand the nature of Indian learners’ skills, particularly in coding.
It will also provide a better picture of their use of the Internet, which is one of the most common and yet under-studied topics in India.”
The study aims to identify the top three languages spoken by children across the age group and then examine how these languages differ in different areas.
It also aims to map out how children are using language in the context of their daily lives.
“This pilot study is designed to provide data on the use of these languages by Indian children and also identify their learning styles,” the NCAer said.
The NCAERS is part of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, which has been working with the NCHER for over two years.