In a bold departure from the norm, Lovely Professional University in Punjab is defying the tide of caution by embracing AI technology with open arms instead of shunning it.
Established in 2005, LPU has shattered conventions by making "AI & AI Ethics" a mandatory subject for all first-year undergraduate students.
“I'm a big believer that AI will substantially transform humans for the better,” LPU Vice Chancellor of LPU Preeti Bajaj, who believes that this cutting-edge technology is capable of advancing human existence.
Firm in its commitment, LPU has introduced the groundbreaking “AI & AI Ethics” course across all of its 155-plus graduate and masters programs.
Asked about the decision to embrace AI amid the serious concerns expressed by some experts, Bajaj stressed, “Not only is AI technology already here, but it is also continuously and rapidly changing entire industries and services, whether it’s in business, finance, agriculture, engineering, or even sports and social sciences.”
“We can’t stop humans from innovating, so we’d rather build our students’ skills on how to master new technologies and more importantly, teach them how to use these technologies in an ethical manner,” she added.
Bajaj also said more than 30% of LPU's ongoing research projects are AI-based, a testament to the school’s unwavering commitment to spearheading innovation.
Bajaj, a doctor in electronics engineering with 32 years of experience, underscored the school’s commitment to training the workforce of the future and meeting the evolving demands of the world while recognizing that humans will remain indispensable to shaping the future.
“AI can never replace critical thinking. We need to teach our students how to grab these new opportunities and work closely with them to build better industries,” she said.