Introduction to Programming and Basic Data Analysis

This course is designed to equip students to build important skills and create a culture of evidence-based investigation.

Students are introduced to ideas of structural violence, poverty, constitutional principles, transparency, and accountability in governance. This course helps study the applicational use of the Right to Information Act (2005). As the Act has made some positive strides to enable the governments commitment to transparency and accountability, but this process of understanding still continues to be patchy.

To facilitate governance, various governments over the years have introduced Information Technology (IT) in almost all affairs of governance as a nod to e‑governance. This, in turn, has meant that data corresponding to many public programs are available in the public domain but not all of them are easily accessible to the common people.

There is an urgent need for many people to play an intermediary role in demystifying complex information from the public domain. These require an analytical mindset and skills such as programming, statistics, ability to extract, transform, and summarize data. This course offers the introductory step to understand and how data can complied for further analysis.