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Intel ups its game in Artificial Intelligence; takes it to Indian schools

As artificial intelligence (AI) becomes more mainstream, tech companies like Intel seem to be joining the trend. Intel plans to launch several initiatives by the end of this year such as “AI for Future Workforce” and “AI for Current Workforce” with the aim of building a skills-ready workforce, Shweta Khurana, senior director – Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ), government partnerships and initiatives, global government affairs, Intel told FE Education Online. “AI for future workforce will be suitable for ages 18 and over and AI for current workforce is for professionals with a primary focus on women-driven small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs),” Khurana said. The program is taught virtually by an Intel certified coach.

According to the company, the curriculum designed for AI for future employees is technical; however; students require no prior knowledge of the domain. In addition, projects under the program focus on industrial effects, such as common trade application, predictive maintenance, viral mail protection, insurance fraud protection. “Through virtual training in a real-world environment over three months, students will be exposed to the challenges and how to build solutions for them,” Khurana added.

Previous Intel initiatives have included Intel AI for Youth, Responsible AI for Youth and AI for All based on the Intel AI for Citizens program. More than 350,000 students have been trained with AI skills under these three initiatives since 2019.

Under Intel AI for Youth Programs, students acquire technical skills in data science, computer vision, and natural language processes, as well as social skills focused on AI ethics and prejudice and building AI solutions. To this end, Intel has collaborated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Department of Education (MoE) and AI curriculum for students, established targeted AI skills labs, and created AI readiness by skills facilitators in CBSE schools.

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Responsible AI for Youth Initiative gives government students between the ages of eight and 12 a new-age technology mindset, relevant skills and access to the required tools. Intel has worked with Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEitY), Government of India (GoI), National e-Governance Division (NeGD), to launch this program.

In July 2021, Intel launched the AI ​​For All initiative in partnership with the MoE with the aim of creating a basic understanding of AI for everyone in India. AI For All is a four-hour, self-paced learning program that demystifies AI in an inclusive way. It applies to a student or a stay at home parent, a professional in any field or even a senior. The program aims to unravel AI for one million Indian citizens in its first year.

In addition, in March 2022, Intel teamed up with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), GoI, for its “Building AI Readiness Among Young Innovators” program that aims to build digital readiness among students between the ages of six and ten. years enrolled under DST’s INSPIRE – Awards MANAK scheme. The program aims to build an AI-ready generation to give students the knowledge and skills to leverage AI in an inclusive way.

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