NEW DELHI: The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), in collaboration with Niti Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), on Thursday launched an artificial intelligence (AI) based module for students of Indian schools.
The AI-Base Module will be implemented across 5,000 Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL), empowering 2.5 million students. The module is likely to be introduced to ATL students on 27 February.
The module contains activities, videos and experiments that enable students to work through and learn the various concepts of AI.
Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said the AI module was critical since it was targeted at young children. “This is path breaking, it combines playing and academics and our job is to make things very interesting. We want to make artificial intelligence a great fun, so that children can enjoy it, they can evolve and learn and take India forward,” said Kant.
“This is the first ever industry government academia initiative on such a scale to keep the school students abreast of latest technologies,” said Mission Director Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog R Ramanan.
It has been estimated that by 2030, the global AI market is likely to be in the range of $15-15.5 trillion, out of which India’s share will be close to $1 trillion.
Thus, AI has become a strategic lever for economic growth across nations and will continue to be one of the most crucial technologies of the future. Learning AI will create the right foundations for students to onboard future technologies and 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. In this curriculum, students will get benefit from technologies of some of the partner companies including Microsoft, Adobe, SAP Labs, Wipro and Nasscom among others,” added Nasscom president Debjani Ghosh.
An AI Step-up Module is also under development that will take the curriculum to the next level.
Atal Innovation Mission housed at NITI Aayog is the Government of India’s flagship initiative to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. At the school level, AIM is establishing ATLs in all districts across India.