The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MEITY) has launched the ‘India AI’ initiative to incorporate AI courses into the national curriculum, beginning from Class 6. This move, operating under the ‘National Programme on Artificial Intelligence (NPAI) Skilling Framework,’ seeks to meet the rising demand for AI and data science professionals in India, expected to exceed 1 million by 2024.
A dedicated committee has meticulously designed a comprehensive curriculum to ensure a standardized approach to AI education across the country. Aligned with the National Higher Education Qualifications Framework and the National Credit Framework, these courses emphasize ethical considerations, dedicating at least 10% of the course duration to promote responsible AI development, transparency, fairness, and privacy.
The necessity for flexible course development to accommodate technological advancements is highlighted in the report, suggesting the adoption of smaller modules like micro-credentials. Regulatory bodies, including the National Council for Vocational Education and Training, the All India Council for Technical Education, and the University Grants Commission, have been entrusted with establishing guidelines for AI education.
Prompted by a NASSCOM report revealing a 51% shortfall in AI and disruptive technology capabilities, AI courses are introduced in schools and undergraduate programs. The curriculum encompasses essential AI principles, machine learning, data management, programming, and ethical considerations.
The report further recommends faculty development programs to enhance educators’ understanding of AI concepts and teaching methodologies. Presently, various AI skill courses are accessible through government skill development networks and accredited institutions. Assessments are categorized into knowledge-based, application-based, industry certifications, and practical evaluations like projects, hackathons, and internships, ensuring a comprehensive approach to AI education.