BENGALURU: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced earlier that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be introduced as an elective for students in classes 9 to 12. A team from IBM India, along with members of its global team and other experts, is now developing the curriculum for the subject from scratch.
IBM will initially conduct a pilot project at 1,000 schools in Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad and Chennai before finalizing the curriculum and incorporating it into the next academic year’s CBSE curriculum. The pilot will be launched on Wednesday in Delhi.
The project will begin by raising awareness for school principal, followed by a two-and – a-half-day teacher training on the theme’s basic skills. Students will be trained in five stages, including research-informed readings, customized online resources, and hands-on projects. The curriculum includes AI orientation, workshops on ideas and innovation in selected areas for AI deployment, and students making a minimally viable prototype.
The curriculum also includes Capstone Project, where IBM experts will support students in advanced prototype development and on-ground project implementation to strengthen the foundation. The course will provide a platform to showcase at appropriate forums such as hackathons or international conferences for top 40 students from these 1,000 schools, who will be selected for the Capstone Project. The program has a chapter on ethics in addition to teaching knowledge and skills on AI, including security, privacy and transparency issues. The program requires completion of 36 hours of school time.
“Unlike creating a professional curriculum, introducing the subject to schoolchildren is different. We have the opportunity to create a course to best effect by using a design-based approach to problem-solving with AI. The program aims to develop a professional teacher learning community in partnership with the industry.
The idea of CBSE to introduce AI into the curriculum came from Niti Ayog, the think-tank of the government.