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Meta, CBSE expand partnership to train 10 million students in virtual, augmented reality

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  • Meta joins CBSE to train 10 mn students, 1 mn teachers in AR.
  • The curriculum will include training in augmented reality, digital safety, and online well-being.
  • CBSE will aim to empower students in the under-served regions of India.

Meta said it will expand its partnership with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to provide a curriculum on digital safety and online well-being and augmented reality (AR) for over 10 million students and 1 million educators in the country over the next three years. These courses will be available online on the CBSE website.

Aligned to the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, Meta and CBSE will collaborate on content curation and development of curriculum integrating immersive technologies, AR and Virtual Reality (VR) that is relevant for the evolving digital landscape by introducing these as skills subjects for students.

CBSE will aim to empower students in the under-served regions of India through its community skill centers making these new-age skills available to the youth and helping them become creators in the digital economy through equitable access to resources.

Meta founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at the company’s annual Fuel For India 2021 event.

“I’m really excited about that partnership. And I think it’s just a huge opportunity and bringing some of these tools around the metaverse and VR (virtual reality) and training to the education system here in India, I think it’s gonna be awesome. I’m really excited about this and glad we’re working on this.”

“Meta will provide a curriculum on online digital safety and well-being, virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR) as part of this partnership. By integrating augmented reality experiences into the curriculum, students will be able to collaborate more actively and create using emerging technologies of the future.”

Meta and CBSE will collaborate on content curation and development of curriculum integrating immersive technologies, AR, and VR that is relevant for the evolving digital landscape by introducing these as skills subjects for students.

Dr. Biswajit Saha, director (education and skills training) at CBSE, said the pandemic had impacted lives all around.

“The learning process has undergone an unforeseen change. This radical change has created a wall of challenges to facilitate the learning process. With the help of Meta, we hope to expand our online teaching and curriculum capabilities and make them available to students across the country, ”Saha added.

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