UNESCO inaugurates 2022 State of the Education Report for India: Artificial Intelligence in Education

Source: The post is based on the articleUNESCO inaugurates 2022 State of the Education Report for India: Artificial Intelligence in Educationpublished in TOI on 21st September 2022

What is the News?

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched its State of the Education Report for India: Artificial Intelligence in Education. The report is the fourth edition and is an annual flagship report.

What are the key findings of the report?

India has the highest relative AI skill penetration rate (over 3 times the global average)

AI Market in India is likely to reach US Dollar 7.8 billion by 2025 at the rate of 20.2% compound annual growth.

To match India’s curriculum to make the students ready for the AI economy, National Education Policy(NEP) 2020 lays a big emphasis on the need to impart the necessary technical knowledge and the integration of AI in Education.

Challenges with AI in education in India: 1) India lacks policies for AI in education, 2) Lack of resources and infrastructure affect expansion of Al in Education, 3) Increasing use of AI for fakes, cheating and 4) Focus on memorization-based education (instead of critical thinking).

Recommendations: 1) Consider ethics of Al in Education as an utmost priority, 2) Rapidly provide an overall regulatory framework for AI in Education, 3) Create effective public-private partnerships, 4) Ensure that all students and teachers have access to latest technology, 5) Attempt to correct algorithmic biases and resulting discrimination, 6) Improve public trust in Al and 7) Request private sector to better involve students and educationists in developing Al products.

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