MOU with NCISM on AI in ASUS Education

L to R: Mr Mohanty, Prof Swaroop, Prof Meenal, Prof Kundu, Dr Deopujari, Dr Prasad, Dr Jagannathan (L to R) From BITS Pilani: Mr Mohanty, Prof Swaroop, Prof Meenal, Prof Kundu. From NCISM: Dr Deopujari, Dr Prasad, Dr Jagannathan

NCISM is a statutory body responsible for the education of the Indian System of Medicine disciplines (namely, Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, and Sowa-Rigpa, abbreviated ASUS). With the recent and ongoing developments in AI, they are interested in incorporating AI education in their institutes. Indeed, ASUS education has some unique challenges:

  • since India is the only country in the world where ASUS education exists in a well-structured manner, unlike other fields, there are no contemporary models for comparison in the rest of the world, and
  • it is equally important to preserve the philosophical and ethical underpinnings of this field in the era of fast-changing technologies.

BITS Pilani KK Birla Goa campus signed an MOU with NCISM on March 19, 2024. I am the principal investigator on this project.

The broader goals are:

  • Assessing the AI-preparedness of the current ASUS faculty and students,
  • Assessing the sector-specific needs for the creation of AI tools, and
  • Developing appropriate course content and pedagogies and assessing its impacts on student learning.
स्वरूप जोशी
स्वरूप जोशी
Assistant Professor

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