CBSE to introduce AI, yoga as new subjects

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to introduce artificial intelligence (AI), early childhood care education and yoga as new subjects in the school curriculum from the upcoming academic session. The decision was taken at a recent meeting of the board’s governing body.

• CBSE would be introducing artificial intelligence as an optional sixth subject in Class IX from the 2019-2020 session onwards. 

• The central board has decided that schools may start AI ‘inspire module’ of 12 hours in Class VIII itself, in order to enhance the multidisciplinary approach in teaching learning and also to sensitise the new generation.

• Further, the board has decided to introduce yoga and early childhood education as elective subjects at the senior secondary level.

• According to the norms, a skill subject, at the secondary level, may be offered as an additional sixth subject along with the existing five compulsory subjects.

In case a student fails in any one of the three elective subjects – science, mathematics and social science, then it will be replaced by the skill subject, which is offered as a sixth subject and the result of Class X will be computed based on the best five subjects.

At the senior secondary level, the board has advised schools to offer at least one or more skill-based subject as elective subject out of the 42 subjects.