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IBM collaborates with CBSE to integrate AI curriculum in 200 schools - Times of India


NEW DELHI: Information technology major IBM said on Thursday it is collaborating with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) in the high school curriculum (grade 11 and 12) for the current academic year (2020-21). The curriculum is part of CBSE's Social Empowerment through Work Education and Action (SEWA) programme and will be introduced in about 200 schools across 13 states -- Delhi-NCR, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Kerala, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab. The IBM AI curriculum is structured around a course framework for students consisting of base strands of knowledge (basics, history, applications), skills (design thinking, computational thinking, data fluency, critical thinking) and values (ethical decision making, bias) in AI. It is further made robust with problem-based learning outcomes and assessment methods for teachers to build foundational skills of AI in students making them not just consumers of AI but creators as well. To meet CBSE's requirements for grades 11 and 12, the curriculum was co-developed with Australia's Macquarie University and Indian implementation partners -- Learning Links Foundation and 1M1B.

Madhya Pradesh govt to start Artificial Intelligence course in schools


New Delhi: The Madhya Pradesh government will start a course in Artificial Intelligence (AI) for students from class 8, which will be the first such initiative in the country, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Sunday. The government will also launch a veterinary telemedicine facility so that livestock keepers can get advice on the phone regarding diseases of cows and other animals. A similar facility will be launched for farmers so that they can consult experts over the phone regarding agriculture-related problems and diseases of crops, the chief minister told a press conference at Pachmarhi, the lone hill station in MP, located 210 km away from Bhopal. The two-day brainstorming session of the Madhya Pradesh cabinet held at Pachmarhi ended on Sunday. The state cabinet also took several other decisions including setting up Sanjivani clinics in urban areas and regarding transportation policy for rural areas.

Artificial Intelligence: A game-changer for the Indian Education System


With the rapid advancement of technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become one of the key aspects of growth and innovation across industries. It is thus imperative that the youth is made familiar with the basic concepts of AI from their childhood. In fact, it looks like the process has already started. Madhya Pradesh government had recently announced the introduction of an Artificial Intelligence course for students from class 8. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had said that this is going to be the first such initiative in the country. India has always advocated for universal learning, and Artificial Intelligence constitutes an integral part of that.

How technology is helping society get better learning outcome - ETtech


In a classroom in rural Maharashtra, students stare at a screen as it reads out their English textbook. The teacher occasionally clicks on a word for its Marathi translation -- the primary language of most students at the school -- or shows them a picture to make them understand a word. This method of learning has started to significantly improve the quality of English education in Maharashtra's government schools. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Executive Officer of EnglishHelper, which created the technology platform, the company developed it after researching the most efficient way to learn a new language. "The challenge is to get exposure to language as a student. This is a multisensory, repetition-based platform which won't confuse the student," he says.

India: Muslims see wave of attacks, hate speech on Hindu festival

Al Jazeera

Muslims in several Indian states are on edge after mobs came out in processions, making hate speeches and attacking their properties during the Hindu festival of Ram Navmi. Most of the violence was reported from the states of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand and West Bengal on Sunday as the Hindu community celebrated the birthday of the god Ram, one of the chief deities of right-wing Hindu groups in India. Dozens of videos have been going viral on Indian social media since Sunday, showing processions of Hindu men wearing saffron scarves – and, in some cases, carrying sticks and swords – stopping their motorcycles in Muslim neighbourhoods, playing provocative songs laced with threats of genocide outside homes and mosques, and raising hate slogans. In one of the videos, purportedly from the eastern state of Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, a man was seen climbing a mosque wall and planting a saffron flag on its entrance as others cheered, flashing swords and hockey sticks. Al Jazeera has not independently verified the authenticity of those videos.