The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced on Friday that the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the high school curriculum for classes XI and XII for the current school year (2020-2021) was being developed in collaboration with IBM .
The curriculum is part of CBSE’s SEE (Social Empowerment through Work Education and Action) program. The initiative is designed to help students learn AI skills for social welfare.
The AI curriculum is being implemented in approximately 200 schools in 13 states of India, including Delhi-NCR, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Kerala, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab.
The curriculum is based on a framework that focuses on basic knowledge strands (basics, history, applications), skills (design thinking, computer thinking, data flow, critical thinking) and values (ethical decision-making, bias) in AI.
IBM developed the curriculum with Australian Macquarie University and Indian implementation partners – Learning Links Foundation and 1M1B – to meet CBSE requirements.
“AI will certainly be omnipresent in our lives in the coming years, and it is important to provide the skills and knowledge needed at high school level,” said Manoj Ahuja, chairman of CBSE.
“The unique offering of the IBM AI curriculum is that Class XI and XII students from all fields beyond computer science can create the foundation for themselves to be AI-enabled,” he said.
The IBM AI curriculum was launched in September 2019 in collaboration with CBSE. As part of this curriculum, 5,000 Class XI students and 1,000 teachers across India were trained in AI skills.
Subsequently, a series of main orientation and teacher training sessions were held between September 2019 and June 2020.
Sandip Patel, General Manager of IBM India / South Asia, said: “The question that educators and economists alike are asking is how technology will affect future jobs and how we can help our students succeed in an increasingly automated, of Prepare AI-driven world. While thinking about developing innovative solutions to key problems, they are also thinking about the ethical implications of technology. “