Artificial intelligence or AI is slowly penetrating every sphere of industry and life, with the education sector not being untouched. TCS iON, a unit of Tata Consultancy Services, has launched an AI command centre in Chennai on Wednesday to monitor over 6K examination venues across the country in real-time.
The initiative was taken to offer a better experience to exam administrators in terms of fair conduct of exams and transparency of exam operations. The command centre will monitor the exam process with parameters to prevent, predict and post incidents as alerts for management of exam, according to ET.
Based at the TCS Sholinganallur facility in Chennai, it will monitor the movement at the venue with a live CCTV feed and track the devices carried by candidates through the use of AI algorithms. It will issue alerts about malpractice attempts based on learning from similar patterns in the past. It will also track the readiness of all devices used for conducting the exam with the help of an IT service provider’s IoT framework.
TCS iON conducts large-scale and high-stakes examinations in India through its Digital Zones for education boards and recruitment bodies. It has so far conducted 3,180 exams across 643 cities.
AI Implementation In Different Sectors
Besides corporates such as TCS, startups and the Indian government has been taking AI to a lot of spheres. India was home to 3,500 edtech startups in 2018, apart from the unicorns such as BYJU’S are other names such as uLektz, Vamrr and few others.
The Indian government has also been embracing artificial intelligence in many of its public services. The latest to join the club is the Bengaluru police department, which is all set to roll out AI-based traffic signals at most city junctions. The initiative is expected to tackle the traffic issue, which is currently one of the biggest problems faced by Bengaluru citizens. According to the additional commissioner of police, traffic, B R Ravikanthe Gowda, AI-enabled cameras will determine traffic density and calculate the time it would take to clear the particular wave of traffic and accordingly manage the signal lights.
Machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain, augmented/virtual reality and natural language processing are creating millions of jobs in India. With several edtech startups entering the market to tap into the skill gap and the high-value jobs that are being created in the education and training sector.
From middle-aged professionals looking to take a different career path to school and college students, many are upskilling or reskilling themselves, giving way to the genesis of many startups and government initiatives. Like TCS, Intel has tied up with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for the Intel’s AI4Youth initiative which will provide AI and programming courses and curriculum to grade 8 and grade 9 students.
The CBSE had announced AI as a skill subject in March 2019 in order to develop an “AI-Ready Generation”. The new course will be added to the regular school curriculum by 2020 to help students understand AI and develop their interest in it.