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CBSE Plans to Introduce Artificial Intelligence in Schools

CBSE had introduced Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a skill subject for children studying in grade VIII and IX in March 2019. While 883 schools applied to start this subject in their schools, eight schools such as Delhi Public School, Bangalore East; ITL Public School, Dwarka; Royale Concorde International School, Bangalore, Salwan Public School, Gurgaon, among others, were selected initially to study the impact.

 The AI system implemented by the schools will enable predicting issues such as onset of depression among the students, spotting cyber bullying acts and tracking the school bus location. The schools can identify in which manner they wish to implement the AI in their schools for the students.

“Aiming to ensure that current students are AI workforce ready, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) introduced AI as a skill subject for Grade 9-10 along with a 12-hour ‘Inspire’ module for class 8. In line with these developments, CBSE is working towards building the IBM-AI K-12 Curriculum in collaboration with IBM India, targeting Grade 11 and Grade 12 teachers and students. We need to give youth the opportunity to learn and understand AI-based concepts and technologies that they already experience in their everyday lives that will help them build a better world for themselves and be connected with the careers of tomorrow. AI readiness with an innovation readiness mind-set can propel students to achieve limitless possibilities”, said the circular issued to schools.

Anita Karwal, chairperson of CBSE said that soon CBSE will launch AI-integrated pedagogy manual where the focus will be on the teachers to make them AI-enabled for the students. In this regard, Biswajit Saha, Director, Skill Education and Training, CBSE, has shared his opinion that AI has already enabled the children to solve practical problems. The Board will seek patent to some projects that have been created as a part of the AI drive conducted by CBSE to train students.

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