The powerhouse chip maker Intel had started another program ‘AI for All’ in July this year with a target of enabling over one million citizens with knowledge and know-how of AI. By yesterday, the company had trained over 2 lakh students in grades 8-12 in AI and has upskilled 5,000 government officials.
In addition, Intel has partnered with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghathan to establish India’s first AI Skills Lab at Dr. Rajendra Prasad Kendriya Vidyalaya in New Delhi. Based on Intel’s AI For Citizens program, AI For All was launched in collaboration with CBSE and the Ministry of Education to foster a basic understanding of and expand literacy around AI. As per the initiative, a student, a stay-at-home parent, a professional in any area, or even an elderly citizen can benefit from it.
The four-hour open content resource is broken down into two parts: AI Awareness (1.5 hours) and AI Appreciation (2.5 hours) (2.5 hours). The section on AI Awareness gives a basic knowledge of AI, as well as common misunderstandings about AI and its application possibilities. The AI Appreciation section teaches learners about AI’s core areas, their effect across sectors, and how to start creating personal learning goals. Participants will get personalized digital badges that may be shared on social media after finishing each section.
The program is offered in 11 vernacular languages for anybody with access to the internet to guarantee that everyone can participate. The information is also compatible with a variety of talkback apps, making it accessible to those who are blind or visually impaired.
“We are preparing workforce for the needs of tomorrow and in areas we believe are going to be critical. Our goal is to demystify AI and show that AI is mathematics, statistics, programming, data analytics and just generating and creating clean data,” says Nivruti Rai, Country Head, Intel India.
Intel has already enrolled over 2 lakh individuals in this training without doing much promotion. Judging by the current pace, Nivruti feels that achieving one million users in a year will not be difficult.