Artificial Intelligence (AI) Current Affairs - 2020

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NIIT to be a part of NEAT programme

The NIIT (National institute of Information Technology), a multi-national company has been selected as one of the EdTech companies for the NEAT initiative. The NIIT will work with AICTE to implement the vision of Ministry of HRD (Human and Resource Development) on NEAT.

Highlights

In order to make the NEAT initiative successful, the Ministry of HRD along with NIIT will institute 5 awards of Rs 50,000 for faculties and 10 awards of Rs 10,000 for students.

NIIT was established in 1991. It is a non-profit university of higher education and research.

NEAT

The National Educational Alliance for Technology (NEAT) was launched to customize learning process using Artificial Intelligence. The Union Government believes that the AI methodologies can be used to address diversity in learners. (Diversity in learners is recognizing that everyone is unique in their own way)

The initiative through PPP model aims at creating EdTech Companies. These identified EdTech companies will create National Alliance with the emerging technologies.

Features of NEAT

NEAT will create a common one-stop access to technological solutions. The solutions will be developed by the EdTech companies. The institutes developing solutions are free to charge the companies according their policy. The NEAT programme is being implemented by AICTTE.

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Artificial Intelligence introduced as a subject in CBSE schools

The Ministry of Human Resource and Development has introduced Artificial Intelligence in classes VIII, IX and X in CBSE schools. The study materials have already been provided to the schools through official CBSE website

Highlights

The CBSE has collaborated with several organization like Microsoft, Intel, IBM and so on in order to create the module of Artificial Intelligence. Around 1000 teachers were trained for hands-on knowledge on tools such as Flipgrid, OneNote, Outlook, Minecraft, etc. They also underwent 3-day project on digital story-telling, tools to create BOTs and concepts around artificial intelligence.

The Ministry has so far conducted 41 training programmes across several CBSE affiliated schools in which around 1690 teachers have been trained.

Significance

Having knowledge in Artificial Intelligence has become imperative. It has the ability to execute tasks like visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making and translating languages by naturally imbibing into human intelligence. It also helps to reduce error.

Introducing Artificial Intelligence at school level will help the country create a strong base in the field.

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