CBSE to Introduce Artificial Intelligence as Skill Subject in Class 8,9,10
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to introduce artificial intelligence (AI) as an elective subject in school curriculum with an aim to make students well-versed in technologies shaping the future.
A member of the board’s governing body told media, “The decision to include artificial intelligence as a skill subject was made at a recent convention of the board’s governing body. There it was decided that the subject would be introduced in 8th, 9th and 10th classes as a skill subject”.
Artificial intelligence is basically the ability of a machine to think, learn and carry out tasks usually requiring human intelligence, like visual perception, speech recognition, and decision-making skills. Capabilities that are exhibited by machines, which include computers – from playing chess to controlling cars and beyond it, fall in the domain of artificial intelligence.
The member from the board’s governing body said with latest technologies such as artificial intelligence, data analytics and big data having a big impact worldwide, it is essential that CBSE also modernizes its program to stay well-informed on the latest developments.
The member further added that “Syllabus for the newly decided subject would be drafted for all the 3 classes and if necessary, the board will also assist in the capacity building of schools for the learning of the new subject from the upcoming academic session”.
As per sources, a senior CBSE official confirmed the news saying that artificial intelligence would be one of the elective subjects on the vocational side. He also said the idea of bringing in Artificial Intelligence as a school subject evolved from a conference held at NITI Aayog, following which the board started exploring the concept.
The official said “CBSE held discussions with stakeholders, which included a school that was already teaching this subject. Accordingly, after comprehensive deliberations, the board also decided to introduce AI as an elective subject”.
The CBSE has 20,299 schools in India and 220 schools in 25 other countries affiliated to it.
In another significant decision, the CBSE has decided to use two sets of question papers — one easy and one standard — to test the ability of class 10 students in mathematics from the next academic session.
“The board will provide the students a choice to opt for easier or the more testing question paper. Students who do not wish to take up maths in higher studies can opt for the easier test. However, they too have the option of choosing applied mathematics as a subject in classes 11 and 12,” the official cited above.
Speaking about the proposal to include artificial intelligence as an optional subject, eminent educationist and principal of the Springdale School in Delhi Ameeta Mulla Wattal said technology was playing a great role in contemporary life and including such subjects would help connect children with the immediate present as well as the future.
“If such subjects are brought in the school space, they will definitely help children look at technology in new ways,” Wattal said. Asked how prepared schools would teach such a subject, she said whenever a new initiative is taken up, there can be issues initially but progressive steps lead to positive results.
Source-: Krishi Jagran,Hindustan Times.