CBSE ropes in IBM to develop curriculum for Artificial Intelligence Elective Subject

Published on: Sep 11, 2019 15:53 IST
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CBSE board had roped in experts from IBM India to design the course curriculum for the yet to be introduced Artificial Intelligence. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is all set to introduce AI as an elective subject for Class 9 students from next academic year. However, to make sure that students get strong foundation about the subject, the board has roped in technology experts from IBM India to design and develop the course curriculum the subject.

IBM appoints expert team

IBM India has appointed an expert panel consisting of global team and other subject experts to develop the curriculum of the AI elective subject for CBSE. IBM India has been tasked with the responsibility of developing the course syllabus for Artificial Intelligence from scratch, keeping in mind the learning capabilities and requirements of the students.

Pilot Project to test syllabus

As part of the process of developing the syllabus, IBM has launched a pilot project in over 1000 schools based in Delhi, Bengaluru Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad. During the pilot project, IBM and CBSE will jointly evaluate the performance of students and the learning outcomes for the new syllabus for AI subject.

Following the successful completion of the pilot project and after receiving positive results for the same, the board will finalising the curriculum and embedding it in the CBSE curriculum from next academic year onwards. The pilot project to test newly developed AI syllabus was launched on 11th September 2019 in Delhi.

What will Pilot Project Entail?

As part of the pilot project for testing of the AI curriculum, IBM will launch an awareness drive for school principals. This will be followed by a detailed training exercise for the school teachers who will undergo foundational training of the subject over two and half days. Following this, students will be exposed to the new syllabus in a phased manner.

5 Stages Training for Students

After the completion of the foundational training for teachers, students will undergo a 5 phased training on Artificial Intelligence. The training will use diverse learning tools including research-informed readings, customised online resources and hands-on project to help students learn the basic of Artificial Intelligence as a subject. The course curriculum consists of key concepts such as orientation on AI, ideation and innovation workshops on selected areas for AI deployment, and students making a minimum viable prototype.

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