The Hon’ble Union Minister for Human Resources Development (HRD) Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal today announced that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Facebook have collaborated to launch Curriculum on Digital Safety and Online Well-being and Augmented Reality(AR) for students and educators.

HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said, “I congratulate CBSE and Facebook on its partnership to introduce certified programs in Augmented Reality for teachers and Digital Safety and online-well being for students. I encourage the teachers and students to apply for the programs commencing on July 6, 2020.”

With the objective of ensuring online well-being of students and preparing them for the future of work, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), and Facebook in a collaboration are launching a comprehensive curriculum on Digital Safety & Online Well-being and Augmented Reality (AR).

Also, as part of the collaboration, Facebook will support CBSE in its first-ever initiative to introduce AR as a curriculum. In the first phase, 10,000 teachers will be trained while 30,000 students will undergo the same in the second phase.

The three-week training, to be conducted in batches, will cover fundamentals of AR and ways to utilise Facebook’s software, Spark AR Studio in order to create augmented reality experiences.

Announcing the curriculum, Manoj Ahuja, Chairperson, CBSE said, “On behalf of CBSE, I am delighted to announce our partnership with Facebook. I am proud to share that CBSE is the only Board that has introduced the modules of Digital Safety and Online Well-being, Instagram Toolkit for Teens and Augmented Reality. Incorporating technology and digital safety into the school curriculum will ensure students are not only gaining knowledge to succeed in the digital economy but also learning and collaborating in a safe online environment.”
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