The Central Board of Secondary Education has decided to integrate Artificial Intelligence in the high school curriculum for 11th and 12th class students in the current academic year [2020-21]. CBSE has made this announcement upon developing its partnership with the tech behemoth IBM on Thursday. The latest curriculum is the segment of CBSE’s Social Empowerment through Work Education and Action [SEWA] program. The duo has intended to launch this new initiative to assist students in gaining AI skills beneficial in their future.
As per the latest announcement, the AI Curriculum will be started in about 200 schools across 12 states in the nation. It includes Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi-NCR, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Karnataka, and West Bengal. The new curriculum has been prepared by emphasizing the basics, applications, history, skills, and values in AI. The vital skills include data fluency, design thinking, critical thinking, and computational thinking. On the other hand, the values in AI include ethical decision-making and bias.
IBM has jointly designed the new AI curriculum with Macquarie University in Australia and the partners from Indian Implementation such as 1M1B and Learning Links Foundation. This partnership helps in perfectly preparing the curriculum fulfilling the key requirements of CBSE. The Chairperson of CBSE, Manoj Ahuja said, ‘AI will certainly become all-pervasive in our lives in coming years and it is important to inculcate the necessary skills & knowledge right from high school level.’
He further added, ‘The unique proposition of the IBM AI curriculum is that it allows Grade XI & XII students from all streams, in addition to Computer Science, to build the foundation for themselves to be AI ready.’ Last year, IBM AI Curriculum was originally launched in partnership with CBSE in September 2019. By including AI in this curriculum, about 5000 students of 11th standard and 1000 teachers will get Skill training in AI across India.
The General Manager at IBM India/South Asia, Sandip Patel said, ‘The question on the minds of educators and economists alike is how will technology impact jobs moving forward and how can we prepare our students to succeed in an increasingly automated, AI-driven world. As they think through designing an innovative solution to address key problems, we also get them deliberate about the ethical implications of the technology.’
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