CBSE to introduce artificial intelligence as an elective subject for Classes 8, 9, 10

In order to make school students well-versed in technology, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to introduce artificial intelligence as an elective subject.


“The decision to introduce artificial intelligence as a skill subject was taken at a recent meeting of the board’s governing body. It has been decided that the subject would be introduced in classes 8, 9 and 10 as a skill subject,” a member of the board’s governing body said as reported in HT


Artificial intelligence is the ability of a machine to think, learn and perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition and decision-making skills. Capabilities demonstrated by machines, including computers, from playing chess to operating cars and beyond, fall within the domain of artificial intelligence.


With technologies like artificial intelligence, 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.


“Syllabus for the new subject would be drafted for all the three classes. If required, the board will also help in the capacity building of schools for the teaching-learning of the new subject from the next academic session,” the member said.


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The idea of introducing artificial Intelligence as a school subject germinated from a session held at the NITI Aayog, the government’s policy think tank, following which the CBSE began exploring the concept. The board held consultations with stakeholders, including with a school that was already teaching the subject. Consequently, after comprehensive discussions, the board has decided to include artificial intelligence as an optional subject.


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


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Speaking about the proposal to include artificial intelligence as an optional subject, eminent educationist and principal of the Springdales School in Delhi Ameeta Mulla Wattal said technology was playing a great role in contemporary life and including such subjects would help connect children with the immediate present as well as the future.


“If such subjects are brought in the school space, they will definitely help children look at technology in new ways,” Wattal said. Asked how prepared schools would be teach such a subject, she said whenever a new initiative is taken up, there can be issues initially but progressive steps lead to positive results.