NITI Aayog to Introduce Artificial Intelligence in Indian Schools
India’s planning department NITI Aayog, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) in collaboration with the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) launched Thursday (February 27) an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based module for students in Indian schools.
It aims to help students leverage the full potential of AIM’s Atal Tinkering Lab (ATL) and further empower them to innovate and create solutions benefiting societies at large. The module contains activities, videos, and experiments that enable students to work through and learn various concepts of AI.
NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said that India can add 1.3% to its GDP on an annual basis through the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence.
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Meanwhile, for India to lead and remain relevant in this new ‘tech driven decade’, especially in emerging technologies like AI, and the ubiquity of AI in society, it is critical for the government and academia to collaborate and introduce AI learning at schools and prepare young minds for the AI-led digital future.
Speaking on the collaboration, Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM, said, “The AI module will create the right foundations for students, especially the K-12 segment, to prepare them fully for the digital and AI era. The partnership is a crucial step in building citizens and a workforce that is aware of AI and can work with AI.”
The hands-on AI module has been designed considering academic, co-scholastic and other programs at schools and is formulated to encourage young students to contribute to the journey of nation building.