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.

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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.


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.


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.

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