Students have been advised to choose any one of these three subjects as their optional paper as per their interests. Abhishek Reddy, a student of JVM Shyamli said, “The course on Artificial Intelligence is going to be extremely helpful for students like me who are interested in pursuing engineering.”
Educationists believe that to keep pace with changing times, the students’ curriculum should also be redesigned. Anant Kumar, professor of social science at Xavier Institute of Social Services (XISS), said, “This is a marvellous initiative, which, in the long run will help students who want to pursue a career in the field of information technology.” He added,“With the upswing in the number of teenage depression cases, introduction of subjects like yoga and early childhood care is a wise decision and must be made mandatory in all schools in order to help children lead a healthy life.”
Unfortunately, there are a few schools in the city which are not adequately prepared for the introduction of these new subjects. Ranchi Ram Singh, DPS principal, said, “ How we can we start teaching these subjects if the CBSE itself has not prescribed any books on them.”
However, Bridgford school, Ranchi, has flat-out refused the idea of introducing the new optional subjects with principal Seema Chitlangia stating that the school does not plan to include Artificial Intelligence as a subject in the near future.
On the other hand, DPS Greater Ranchi is already prepared for the subjects’ introduction even before the CBSE’s notification. Rajesh Shrivastava, director, said, “We were already prepared for the subjects’ launch even before the CBSE notification. We have also included machine language and ethical hacking courses through our cyber range. Also, from May 1 we will open our cyber forensic laboratory for students of other schools, engineering colleges as well as institutions”.