CBSE Current Affairs - 2020

Corona Virus: UGC reschedules exams; International airlines banned temporarily

On March 19, 2020, the University Grants Commission directed all the affiliated colleges and universities to postpone the ongoing examinations. The evaluation works have also been directed to be rescheduled.

The GoI has also ordered other bodies operating under Ministry of HRD such as AICTE, NIOS, NTA, NCTE and CBSE to reschedule their exams.

Highlights

With the number of persons infected with the COVID-19 virus, has increased to 173, the UGC has also instructed the school education boards such as CBSE to postpone the exams.

International Airlines

The Government of India has also banned the operation international commercial airlines in the country. The rule is to be implemented from March 22, 2020. This will ban foreigners from entering the country. The notification of the order was issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

Global concerns

The International Air Transport recently warned that if Corona Virus is not contained at the earliest, the outbreak is to cost 113 billion USD of revenue loss globally. Out of all the other industries, tourism takes an unprecedented hit.

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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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