We wish to ensure that Indian citizens have the resources to not only understand data, but also appreciate the power of data science. The importance of data and computing, key to the 21st century workforce, are on the rise. India, home to the world's youngest population, is rapidly growing as an economic power, and we're trying to make India's development more equitable through promoting data science to everyone.
Our founding members, UC Berkeley undergraduates, were inspired by how Berkeley's data science curriculum significantly improves access to core concepts, and decided to take this approach to India, a nation that is growing rapidly. Although there do exist introductory data science resources online, we're ensuring that our curriculum is accessible to everyone, regardless of their background, and are actively encouraging students to pursue data science in both academia and industry.
Locations of the schools we taught across India last summer
GURGAON: Nitika Malhotra, data scientist at Zomato, a major Indian software company, gives a talk about the importance of data science to our students to an audience of girls, at the Kadarpur Government School in Haryana.
For our pilot program, we designed a curriculum that would teach high school students fundamental concepts of data science, taking them from introductory Python programming and statistical knowledge to basic machine learning algorithms. As we spread the word about our effort, our core team expanded beyond Berkeley to include about 20 students from institutions around the world. Our first cohort of college and high school instructors taught programs at schools in four Indian cities: Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore, and Chennai. Now, we're seeking to improve our curriculum, deepening our partnerships with academia and industry, and hosting events such as Datathons to engage with the community.
Applications to join our team at UC Berkeley are open. Apply at the link below and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.