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CBSE to introduce AI as an elective subject from next academic year

January 4, 2019

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) recently announced its decision to initiate Artificial Intelligence (AI) course as an elective subject in classes 8, 9 and 10 from next academic session. The decision was taken at a recent meeting conducted by the Board’s governing body.

“The decision to introduce artificial intelligence as a skill subject was taken at a recent meeting of the Board’s governing body. It has been decided that the subject would be introduced in classes 8, 9 and 10 as a skill subject,” a member of the Board’s governing body said.

“Syllabus for the new subject would be drafted for all the three classes. If required, the board will also help in the capacity building of schools for the teaching-learning of the new subject from the next academic session,” the member said.

The official confirmation came from a CBSE official who said that AI would be one of the optional subjects on the vocational side. The official further added that the concept of AI as a school subject emerged from a session held at the NITI Aayog, from where the Board stared exploring the concept.

Artificial Intelligence, also called machine intelligence, is the ability of a machine to think, learn and perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition and decision-making skills. Capabilities demonstrated by machines, including computers, from playing chess to operating cars and beyond, fall within the domain of artificial intelligence.

In another significant development, CBSE has decided to introduce two sets of question papers to test the ability of class 10 students in mathematics from the new academic session. One of the question papers will be an easy one while one will be a standard one. Students who do not want to take up maths in higher studies can opt for the easier paper.

Source: Hindustan Times

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