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Central Board of Secondary Education has decided to introduce Artificial Intelligence as an elective subject in the course structure of formal education in CBSE schools, according to a Hindustan Times report. After a session with the NITI Aayog, the CBSE came up with the idea to implement Artificial Intelligence in the syllabus.

The subject will be taught to students in the classes 8, 9 and 10 as an elective skill subject. The board is working on the explore the topic and come up with a course structure post the session with NITI Aayog. The course will focus on creating super-intelligent robots with human-like capabilities.

NITI Aayog and CBSE jointly concluded that schools must introduce courses in technologies which are likely to rule the world and become more mainstream in the near future. And technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and big data are revolutionizing the globe. So it is important to stay abreast of the latest developments, a governing body member said.

CBSE in its latest move plans to help the schools become equipped with the ‘teaching-learning’ process of the topic from the next academic session. Moreover, the board is in continuous discussions with stakeholders including a school which already teaches artificial intelligence to draft a framework. There are 20,299 schools that are affiliated to the CBSE as well as 220 more schools in 25 countries.

Earlier in August last year, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) decided to include success stories of Indian entrepreneurs and startups like Flipkart, Pla, OYO and BigBasket in the curriculum to develop a job-creating culture among the students. This will ensure inspiration and motivation among the students.

CBSE also partnered with the Entrepreneurship Development Insititute of India (EDII) last year to bring together a group who can brainstorm to create an updated and effective educational module along with an extended teacher’s training program focused on entrepreneurship as a vocational course for Indian school students.

The board in its move towards digitization has also partnered with Microsoft India this year. Microsoft will facilitate the digital encryption of question papers of Class X and Class XII board examinations to enhance the security. There have been cases of question paper leaks multiple times in the past years. This move may curb that and enable seamless distribution of the question papers.

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