India • IIT Delhi • Jan 31, 2020
IIT-Delhi launched BUDDHI tool kit for students
The toolkit is completely developed and made in India and will help students in experiencing AI, learning AI basics and building AI-based projects.
AI startup CYRAN AI Solutions, incubated at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, launched a DIY tool kit for school students to teach them AI. The tool kit is named BUDDHI, an acronym for “Build, Understand, Design, Deploy Human-like Intelligence.” The kit was launched on January 27 by Prof V Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi in the presence of representatives from education/skills NGOs, industry, schools, teachers and students.
According to the makers, the toolkit is completely developed and made in India and will help students in experiencing AI, learning AI basics and building AI-based projects. BUDDHI Kit is the first-of-its-kind highly interactive and easy to use DIY (Do-It-Yourself) educational kit that can be used to quickly learn the basics of AI and build AI-based solutions for real-world problems without any prior domain knowledge or training. BUDDHI Kit can be used by young students, tinkerers, makers, innovators, hobbyists, teachers, educationists, artists, parents and professionals from any background.
More than two years of stealth engineering effort has gone behind the development of the current version of the BUDDHI Kit. The kit includes many technical novelties such as AI computing-engine, friendly AI Training/Inference applications and real-world AI actuation circuit boards. The components of the kit have been designed keeping in mind compatibility with mainstream electro-mechanical devices. The kit is accompanied by a rich learning ecosystem that includes; a high-quality AI handbook, practical DIY AI projects, lessons, exercises, presentations, and videos.
The tool kit is the brainchild of Prof. Manan Suri of IIT Delhi, who was recognized by MIT, USA as one of the world’s top 35 innovators under the age of 35.
“Like any evolving technology, there exists a gap between the promise, the hype, the capability and practical reality of AI. What makes this gap wide is the lack of resources to easily develop an intuitive insight on topics such as AI at an early stage. The motivation behind BUDDHI kit is to help young school students learn the practical aspects of a complex topic like AI in a friendly and simple manner,” said Prof. Manan Suri.
Recently, CBSE introduced AI as a subject in the school curriculum. BUDDHI Kit and its accompanying content are perfectly aligned with CBSE’s prescribed AI school syllabus. The kit can be used as AI-laboratory or AI-practical resource complementary to the prescribed theory component.
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