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India’s national level board of education, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), has decided to include Artificial Intelligence (AI) as an elective subject, says a Hindustan Times report.

The board came up with the idea to have AI in the syllabus after a session with NITI Aayog, the government of India’s policy think tank. It has been decided that the subject would be introduced in classes 8, 9 and 10 as a skill subject

After the session, the board has been exploring the topic.

Artificial Intelligence is a part of computer science which focuses on creating super-intelligent robots with the capability of imitating humans.

The decision to include the topic came after much thought and with the aim to make school students knowledgeable in the technologies which will be more mainstream in the future.

A member of the governing body of CBSE said that the move was made to introduce the topic for classes 8, 9 and 10 as a skill subject.

With technologies like AI, data analytics and big data making a huge impact globally, it is important that the board modernises its curriculum to stay abreast of the latest developments, the governing body member said.

The member also said that since technologies like artificial intelligence, data analytics and big data making a huge impact globally, the board wanted to stay abreast of the recent leaps in technologies in the world.

The governing body’s member also said that the board will help schools so that they are equipped to begin with the ‘teaching-learning’ of the topic from next academic session.

The official also said that the board held talks with stakeholders, including with a school that was already teaching the subject and that the decision to include the subject was made after ‘comprehensive discussion’

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The CBSE has 20,299 schools in India and 220 schools in 25 other countries.

In comparison to other national and state level educational boards, CBSE has always been in forefront of adopting latest and emerging technologies not only in its curriculum but also in its working infrastructure.

In August last year, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had announced to soon include Indian Startup ecosystem’s success stories like Flipkart, Ola, BigBasket andOYO Rooms etc. into their curriculum.

In the same year, CBSE also joined hands with Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), a national premier entrepreneurial training institute, to bring together a working group that will be brainstorming to create an educational module and a teacher training programme centred on entrepreneurship for Indian students as a vocational course.

This year, CBSE also partnered with Microsoft India to digitally encrypt question papers for Class X and XII examinations to enhance security and seamless distribution of the papers.

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