How CBSE Is Making Education Industry Future-Ready By Introducing AI As A Subject

Sneha Santra
Sneha Santra Jan 04 2019 - 2 min read
How CBSE Is Making Education Industry Future-Ready By Introducing AI As A Subject
AI is gradually becoming an essential part of our learning ecosystem

Artificial Intelligence (AI) had been the buzzword in the business world for 2018. Given the extensive use of AI in a wide area of day to day services, it has become an integral part of our lives. AI has created quite a stir in the education industry. While we are yet to see humanoid robots as teachers in the classroom, numerous projects that use computer intelligence are poised to bring forth major changes in the education sector.

With AI gradually becoming an essential part of our learning ecosystem, It is significant to make our younger generation well-versed with advanced technology.

Thus, in a bid to mould the age-old education and make students accomplished with knowledge of technologies shaping the future, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to introduce artificial intelligence as an elective subject.

To Stay Abreast of Latest Developments

With technologies like artificial intelligence, augmented reality, data analytics making huge influence internationally, it is vital to modernise our age-old curriculum and move beyond the basic theoretical knowledge.  

India is listed among the top 15 countries in the AI battle. This provides sufficient evidence for why there is a need to introduce AI as a separate subject so that students stay abreast of the recent developments in the technologies. CBSE has decided that the subject would be introduced in classes 8, 9 and 10 as a skill subject.

Major Changes

There is a wave of skill development across the country. The government also have left no stone unturned to up-skill the citizens and students of the nation. In recent years, AI’s popularity has increased the urge among aspirants and researchers to reduce human effort and give the accurate and faster result. The idea of introducing Artificial Intelligence as a school subject germinated from a session held at the NITI Aayog, the government’s policy think tank.

After exploring the idea, CBSE decided to have AI as an optional subject on the vocational side. Syllabus for the new subject would be drafted for all the three classes. If required, the board will also help in the capacity building of schools for the teaching-learning of the new subject from the next academic session.

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