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In present time, the information technology is playing a crucial role in every sector and various advancements are being introduced with every passing day thereby resolving several issues and making work easy for the people. Moreover, with every minute, the technology is upgrading and several new inventions are making place in life. One such thing is Artificial Intelligence, which is not fast emerging and being introduced in every sector. Moreover, looking at the increasing demand and utility of the same in the coming time, the Government is also taking steps for making it in reach of every student, right from the beginning level, giving it a special place in the National Education Policy 2020, which is being implemented across the country. Although the policy, formulated in 2020, got delayed for two years due to COVID pandemic across country but, now, when the situation has improved significantly, efforts are on ensure its implementation across the nation. As per experts, the new education policy will totally transform the existing education system which is aimed for producing clerks to do white-collar jobs, but the New Education Policy has been devised with such an approach, which is aimed at the holistic development of students, that too as per the latest requirements and demands, so that they can transform into responsible citizens of country. Moreover, special provisions have also been added to enhance the efficiency of teachers and faculty, as per latest demands by holding special training modules and programmes. While giving reply to a question in Lok Sabha, the Minister of State for Education, Annpurna Devi informed that National Education Policy 2020 has recommended concerted curricular and pedagogical initiatives, including the introduction of contemporary subjects such as Artificial Intelligence, Design Thinking, Holistic Health, Organic Living, Environmental Education, Global Citizenship Education (GCED), etc at relevant stages. Accordingly, various steps have been taken up for improving the quality of teacher education such as introduction of Four Year Integrated Teacher Education Programme (ITEP) and NISHTHA Integrated Training Programme versions 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 have been introduced for different stages of school education for Teachers, Head Teachers/Principals and other stakeholders in Educational Management. NISHTHA training programme is administered online through DIKSHA portal, which integrates Artificial Intelligence solutions to facilitate self-paced learning and close monitoring. Meanwhile, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has introduced Artificial Intelligence as a subject in Class IX from the session 2019-2020 and in Class XI from the session 2020-2021 in their affiliated schools.