The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has partnered with Intel to incorporate a curriculum on Artificial Intelligence (AI) to its affiliated school across India. After a launch as a pilot project in eight schools in the year 2019, the curriculum is now set to be implemented. With this move, CBSE is expected to empower over one lakh students.

As per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Intel and CBSE, the project involves setting up a focused AI Skills Lab and trained facilitators in CBSE-affiliated schools. According to Intel, there is a skill gap in the demand for AI workforce and trained professionals, so they have rolled out a comprehensive program called ‘Intel AI for Youth’. Intel also stated that special emphasis will be put in northern India and north-eastern Indian states in terms of the AI curriculum, with “special focus on aspirational districts”.

Dr. Biswajit Saha, director of skill education and training with CBSE said in a press statement that – “AI has been widely recognized as the power that will fuel India’s digital economy. It is imperative to understand its importance and enable Indian youth to become adept in harnessing its positive impact. CBSE is the only Board that has introduced AI as a full-fledged subject in school curriculum. Our collaboration with Intel has helped us empower the youth with AI skills in an inclusive way and we hope to take this journey ahead in a big way in the coming years.”

Intel collaborated with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghathan to set up India’s first AI Skills Lab in accordance with the AI curriculum specified by CBSE at Dr Rajendra Prasad Kendriya Vidyalaya, New Delhi.

CBSE and Intel together will soon be launching a ‘National AI Olympiad’ to motivate young students to showcase their meaningful social impact solutions as evidence of achievement, is also stated in MoU