Artificial Intelligence Introduced As A Formal Subject In CBSE Syllabus
According to CBSE officials, the subject would be introduced in class 8, 9 and 10th as a skill-based topic.
The need for integrating technology into study curriculum is being acutely felt. It is with this objective in mind that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is planning to introduce Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the school curriculum as an elective subject. According to CBSE officials, the subject would be introduced in class 8, 9 and 10th as a skill-based topic. The core objective is to prepare students for a better future by the time they step out of school into higher education and understanding of technologies of the future is necessary for this.
PART OF THE VOCATIONAL CURRICULUM AS A SKILL SUBJECT
The subject of AI will be part of the vocational course curriculum. The idea seed came from NITI Aayog which is the government think tank policy on economic management and this was later taken by CBSE to include in the syllabus. One of the CBSE officials in the board’s governing body reiterated that the board will be involved in capacity building of the school for augmenting the teaching-learning of this new subject from the next academic year onwards.
As a precursor to the inclusion of the course in the syllabus, it seems that the board had already started discussions with several schools on the same matter including a school which had already introduced the subject. Consequently, after several rounds of comprehensive discussions, it was decided to introduce AI as an optional subject.
INDUSTRY REQUIREMENT AND GROWING IMPORTANCE
The growing importance of AI in the industry which is attuning itself to automation and machine learning is the main driving factor towards this step. It is clear that the Indian Software Industry is facing a big demand vs supply gap in its requirement of AI technology specialist for both offshore and domestic projects. Additionally AI, as well as the Internet of Things (IoT), is becoming increasingly evident in day to day usage including smartphones, tabs and even home appliances. The increasing presence of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant is prompting a lot of interest in AI and other forms of automation.
At the industry level, several manufacturing majors are turning to IoT for embedding of machines and process to achieve better, as well as easier output. Several applications are trying to include IoT in their modules so that businesses may have better scalability and optimization, enabling more skilled professionals. The software and tech industries are looking at big time requirements around the corner if the desired number of professionals are available to take up the challenge.
Defined in simple terms AI is nothing but machine intelligence. The machine has the capability to perform tasks as directed including planning, analysis, learning speech recognition and other tasks, almost like how human beings would perform the same tasks. For this, they have to be programmed with Machine Learning (ML) which is the task of the human technologist.
As per the latest guidelines released recently, schools may introduce a 12 hour “inspire module” in class 8. This will help sensitize the new generation on topics and fine tune the approach in teaching-learning.
All in all, it is a good development for students and also the worried Indian software industry.