National Education Policy 2020 and Artificial Intelligence
by Vineith Kaul, Posted on 06 October 2020
The National Education Policy 2020 was announced in July 2020 and had promising features with respect to digital education. Post COVID-19 crisis, the need for online education was the foremost requirement, and this was something that was kept in mind while framing the postulates of the new education policy.
The National Education Policy 2020 has included all the tech-related features focussing on artificial intelligence the most. AI shall be included in the education curriculum as well as in providing funds for research fields. NEP 2020 has also proposed to create an Academic Bank of Credits that can store the academic credits scored by the students from various universities, digitally. This will make it easier for the universities to award degrees based on the credits earned by the students.
The policy states that Artificial Intelligence and other technologies will completely change the way students learn in the classrooms. However, this requires a lot of research both on technological as well as educational grounds.
Artificial Intelligence Based Features in NEP 2020
National Education Policy 2020 Alliance for Technology
National Education Policy 2020 has proposed the formation of NEAT (National Education Alliance for Technology) which is an autonomous body that aims at providing a platform for technological innovations to enhance online learning, examinations, administration, and planning.
AI in School Curriculum
NEP 2020 proposes to introduce AI education and machine learning to the students at all the levels at the earliest.
The policy claims at creating educational softwares using Artificial Intelligence based technology that will be made available to the students and teachers in all the regional languages. These softwares will have wide accessibility and will be helpful to the students even in the extremely remote locations or students with disabilities.
According to the National Education Policy 2020, AI technology would help in creating smart classrooms that will enable online interactions and collaborations with students from different schools across the globe, online assessments, apps with quizzes, and content that can nurture the students.
National Teacher’s Portal
The National Teacher’s Portal is a digital platform that shall contain all the e-content prepared by all the state boards, CBSE, NCERT, ICSE, ISC, and others. The content for the professional development of the teachers shall also be provided here.
The National Education Policy 2020 is all set to establish a digital India. Artificial Intelligence-based technologies will help in the development of most of the digital tools that can prove beneficial in the formation of a digitally literate country. The students will be aware of coding and 3D technologies from the basic levels. This will help them stand confidently in the technologically advanced world. India will soon be a leading knowledge hub of innovative technologies.