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PNS | Vijayawada

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed officials from the Education Department to explore the introduction of the International Baccalaureate (IB) syllabus in government schools and junior colleges. The move comes after a detailed analysis of student needs and educational requirements.

At a recent review meeting at the Camp Office on Monday, the Chief Minister stressed the importance of integrating Artificial Intelligence (AI) into higher education and enhancing the teaching skills of faculty members to match global standards.

The study’s main goal is to prepare students to excel in various fields like science, technology, business, research, and economics. Chief Minister Reddy expressed the aim of making State students, whether in Class X or Intermediate, stand out internationally. Comparing the current approach with the previous government’s, he highlighted the commitment to nurturing student creativity for a successful future. He encouraged forward-thinking leaders to embrace these revolutionary changes.

The Chief Minister spoke on the need for job-focused education and an examination system that evaluates practical knowledge. He also stressed the importance of creating awareness among parents. The ultimate aspiration is to elevate teaching in government institutions to a global level. Officials reported ongoing efforts to establish Centres of Excellence for AI research.

Additionally, plans are underway to introduce foundational AI courses in higher education and integrate AI into teaching, assessment, and research. The Chief Minister suggested collaborating with respected international academic organisations to enrich the AI curriculum. He proposed a phased approach, starting with a pilot course before full implementation. He urged utilising existing AI resources to enhance teaching and address faculty and content shortages.

The comprehensive AI foundation course will offer digital and bilingual content, allowing students to learn both in classrooms and individually. Efforts are also underway to develop augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) content, along with digital infrastructure, to enhance AI-based teaching methods and research.

At the university level, specialised zones for computer vision, image processing, and metaverse learning are on the horizon. Faculty training programs focusing on AI usage are also in development.

Officials informed the Chief Minister that over 117,000 students have enrolled in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), completing 150,000 courses and earning 509,000 credits.

Education Minister B Satyanarayana, along with Principal Secretaries Praveen Prakash (School Education) and J Syamala Rao (Higher Education), were present at the meeting.

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