It is not always pleasant to peak into your neighbor’s business, but sometimes it cannot be avoided if they are excelling in something that you are grappling with. For instance, the Chinese and Turkish authorities have given kids IoT-enabled devices in millions of schools. Every student has a device connected to an intelligent whiteboard at the front of the classroom. There are teacher-controlled devices too. The curriculum is designed for that kind of environment. This is the future of education. Now, India being a close neighbor can take a tip or two from these countries.
Why? Well, with emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data Analytics knocking at India’s doors, the country needs to sow the learning seeds early. Moreover, the world has realized what is coming its way in the next 10-20 years and has already begun modernizing classrooms at schools to prepare a technology-ready workforce. And we are still at blackboards, notebooks and heavy schoolbags that weigh down a kid’s future and posture.
Technology can do wonders in providing a great educational experience and create a pool of talent for these disrupting technologies. Not just education, India needs to start considering technology’s role in financial services, transportation, retail, and health-care sectors too.
Intel has already pushed the envelope towards creating a modern workforce in India. In April this year, Intel made a commitment to democratize AI in the country by training 15,000 developers and engage with not just businesses but also the government and academia to enable the adoption of AI. Intel India has already trained 9,500 developers, students and professors in the past six months. The chip giant has collaborated with 40 academic institutions that are using the technology for scientific research and 50 public and private organizations across e-commerce, health-care, technology, defense, and banking and financial services.
Intel India has also launched an initiative to strengthen the use of technology in the country’s education ecosystem. It is collaborating with leading device manufacturers, education digital content publishers and education solution providers to build end-to-end solutions that promote the use of technology. The company will then help deploy management solutions for schools, classrooms, content and learning, and also manage student information systems.
There is an Intel India Maker Lab in Bengaluru to drive the innovation ecosystem in the country. The lab offers access to start-ups of hardware and software development kits, reference boards, design collaterals, test and debugging equipment. It provides technical support for design, development and testing products.
Although we can all agree that India is at the cusp of a technology boom, the country still needs training and teaching right from the beginning to prepare a future digital workforce.