After CBSE introduces artificial intelligence paper, schools include to curriculum, hire faculty

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An ‘intelligent traffic light’ system, which promises to reduce commute time, an automated walking stick for the visually impaired, and an ‘Alexa’ type machine, which acts as a counsellor robot for students, are some of the projects that the bright young minds of the city have created. These are not projects of graduation students but a sample of work that students in city schools have created through scratch programming and machine learning — a branch of artificial intelligence. While some schools in the city are already encouraging students to warm up to newer ways of technology, others will soon be joining the bandwagon by introducing AI as an elective subject.

While several schools in the city have been using AI and technology specifically for students’ projects, others have plans of incorporating AI as a new addition to the timetable. This comes after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) recently decided to introduce artificial intelligence (AI) as a skill subject for students of classes 8, 9, and 10 — a move that is aimed at making students well-versed in newer technology.

Suncity School, Sector 54, will be putting in place a three-tier AI course for students of classes 8, 9, and 10. “We are in the process of incorporating AI in our curriculum for the upcoming academic session. Categorisation of the syllabus, and review of books for the same is currently underway. While students of class 8 will be introduced to the basic level of AI, classes 9 and 10 will be familiarized with subsequently higher levels,” said Deepa Gandhi, head, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) department, Suncity School.

Gandhi added that AI was a huge draw among students, and the school was expecting many of them to opt for it. “AI is in demand these days. Most students find it interesting. So far, students had been making projects through coding and other applications. With AI as a new subject in the timetable, they’ll be encouraged to explore the field in greater depth,” added Gandhi.

While some schools already have ICT teachers who will be teaching AI to students, other schools said that they’d be opening vacancies for specialists once the syllabus is finalised. Schools are currently in the process of the finalising the syllabus with the help of IT experts and teachers.

Students in Heritage Xperiential Learning School, Sector 62, are already using AI as part of the school’s Maker-Centered pedagogy. The school has adopted a comprehensive digital literacy curriculum, which is mapped from classes 1 to 12 on data sciences, AI and machine learning. Students from class 6 onwards are allowed to program their own AI machines. “We believe that by giving students a chance to design with AI tools, they will develop a strong understanding of how AI products such as Alexa are programmed and the process of machine learning,” said Noora Noushad, design and technology head of the school.

Using the concepts of machine learning, students of the school have developed projects such as an automated walking stick for the blind that works as a proximity detector for the visually impaired.

Shiv Nadar School has also been involving students in AI. The school introduces students to programming and machine learning from class 7 onwards. “We start focusing on technology-based learning and machine learning from class 7, and by the time the student is in a higher class, he/she is given a project to work on that will benefit society. Our students have designed an intelligent traffic light system using Machine learning, which is a branch of artificial intelligence,” said Mark Nelson, head, IT department Shiv Nadar School.

Nelson, however, added that mere introduction of AI wasn’t enough. “While the CBSE initiative is welcome, it is equally important to have a context in place. CBSE and schools need to offer a context in which AI can be used. AI can be connected to history, social science, and even biology. This understanding needs to be developed,” added Nelson.


Man jumps on Delhi Metro track, dies, Blue line resumes after disruption

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A man who reportedly jumped onto the track of Delhi Metro between Rajiv Chowk and Noida City Centre, has died, according to news agency ANI.

The person was found on the track earlier on Tuesday and taken to Lady Hardinge Medical College where he was declared dead on arrival.

The service on the Blue line between Rajiv Chowk and Noida City Centre was disrupted for a few hours.

Blue Line is one of the busiest sections of the Delhi Metro network, connecting Dwarka Sector 22 to Noida City Centre via Rajiv Chowk.


Maoist Pamphlets Claim Money Deal With Bihar BJP Leader After Notes Ban

Maoist Pamphlets Claim Money Deal With Bihar BJP Leader After Notes Ban

Patna: A Maoist attack in Bihar’s Aurangabad which cost a life, was the fallout of a deal with a BJP lawmaker – one to exchange banned currency notes to the tune of RS 5 crore after demonetisation two years ago, the rebels have claimed. On Saturday, Maoists attacked the house Rajan Kumar Singh, shooting his uncle and setting a number of vehicles on fire.

The posters they left behind claimed the lawmaker and his cousin were to help exchange banned notes. Rajan Singh received old currency to the tune of Rs. 5 crore. Another 2 crore was left with his cousin.

But the leader did not hold up his end of the deal, the posters said. He had neither helped Maoists exchange notes, nor returned the money as promised.


Pamphlets were left behind in Bihar’s Aurangabad after the Maoist attack.

Around 200 people attacked Mr Singh’s house, set the house and around 10 vehicles on fire on Saturday. His 55-year-old uncle, Narendra Singh, was shot dead.

The lawmaker has denied the Maoist allegations. He also held the police and the state government responsible for the attack.

“The Maoist attack in the village is the result of mistakes of both the administration and the state government,” he said.

“I had given an application to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the DGP for setting up a police station or at least a police outpost in the village, but no action has been taken. The administration and the state government are responsible for the incident,” Mr Singh said.
The police did not rule out the alleged link between the politician and Maoists.

The sudden ban on Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes by the government in November 2016 was done with the dual purpose of flushing out black money and stopping terror funding. Critics claim the exercise has failed on both heads


Better To Reject Loan Than Running After Defaulters: Madras High Court

Better To Reject Loan Than Running After Defaulters: Madras High Court

Madras HC said banks were giving loans “under various political pressures”. (File)

Chennai: In significant observations amid bank fraud cases rocking the country, the Madras High Court yesterday said banks were giving loans to several persons “under various political pressures” and those who default on repaying them flee from the country.

Justice S Vaidyanathan made the observation in his order rejecting a petition by an aspiring nursing student seeking a direction to the State Bank of India for sanctioning her an education loan after the bank denied it on the ground that her father was a defaulter.

Noting that whether the amount was small or huge, it needed to be recovered from the defaulters, the judge said in this case the SBI was right in rejecting the petitioner’s loan application.

“Banks/Financial Institutions are giving loan to several persons under various political pressures and ultimately public money is being misappropriated and defaulters flee from the country. Innocent employees, who are forced to sign the loan grant are ultimately taken to task,” he said in the order.

“Rather than running behind the defaulters, a loan can better be rejected at the threshold by identifying a person’s credentials. In this case, the bank has rightly done so, as the petitioner’s father has defaulted in paying several loans,” Justice Vaidyanathan said.

The judge’s observations come at a time when the country has been rocked by the Rs. 13,000 crore Punjab National Bank fraud allegedly involving diamantaire Nirav Modi and the alleged default by liquour baron Vijay Mallya in paying loan of over Rs. 9,000 crore to various banks.

Petitioner submitted she belonged to a downtrodden community and had approached the SBI for an educational loan of Rs. 3.40 lakh for pursuing BSC Nursing course.

The bank insisted that she bring the income certificate, identity card, address proof and other relevant documents for obtaining the loan.

Though an application, along with relevant documents, was submitted, the bank refused to grant loan, saying the course does not come under Indian Banks Association’s (IBA) educational loan scheme and also that her father was a defaulter.

The bank submitted that the several suits for recovery of loan amounts were pending against the petitioner’s father.


Days After Bulandshahr Violence, Yogi Adityanath Meets PM Modi In Delhi

Days After Bulandshahr Violence, Yogi Adityanath Meets PM Modi In Delhi

New Delhi: Days after the Bulandshahr violence that led to the killing of two, including one policeman, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his official home in New Delhi on Thursday.

Even though what transpired between them was not officially communicated, sources in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said the Chief Minister invited PM Modi for the “Ardh-Kumbh” to be held in Allahabad next month.

Sources also said that CM Yogi briefed PM Modi about the recent violence in Bulandshahr in which Police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was killed by a mob.

Earlier yesterday, family members of the killed policeman met the CM Yogi in Lucknow. Yogi Adityanath announced a compensation of Rs. 50 lakh to the family and assured them justice in the case.

Yogi Adityanath has promised education loans and a government job to one of the family members of the Bulandshahr violence victim.


The policeman was hit by a stone and was then shot dead in a violence on December 3 that erupted after cow vigilantes blocked a main road alleging cow slaughter.


Don’t Waste Time On Narendra Modi, Sonia Gandhi: AAP After PM’s Interview

Don't Waste Time On Narendra Modi, Sonia Gandhi: AAP After PM's Interview

New Delhi: The AAP Tuesday said instead of “wasting” time talking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, issues concerning the people needs to be discussed.

Reacting to PM Modi’s televised interview, senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Rajya Sabha lawmaker Sanjay Singh said the NDA government at the centre is in its last days and the words of an “outgoing” Prime Minister will have no effect.

In an interview broadcast by various television channels, PM Modi talked about a host of issues including the surgical strikes, the Ram temple’s construction and personal attacks on him by the Congress.

“It is need of the hour today to discuss issues that concern people of the country rather than wasting time on Narendra Modi and Sonia Gandhi,” Mr Singh said reacting to the PM’s interview.

Farmers are forced to throw vegetables and milk on the road, women feel insecure, the youth are disenchanted and still, PM Modi is avoiding his promises to all of them, he said.

“Modi will have to explain what happened to his promises to the people. Not even a single penny of black money came back after demonetisation although over 100 people died due to it,” he said.

Mr Singh said if the Prime Minister felt that the people should wait for the court’s judgment on the Ram temple issue then why the BJP was creating “animosity” in the country in its name.