ChatGPT Banned by United States, Indian and French Colleges, Schools and Universities to Keep Students from Gaining Unfair Advantage
To combat the Chatbot's growing popularity, many universities in India, France, and the United States have banned its use.
Open AI is well-known for its AI research and development efforts. In November 2022, the company created ChatGPT, a free AI chatbot for people all over the world. The Chatbot quickly gained popularity due to its detailed responses to any topic. Many application developers have found the bot useful because they can use it to build their apps. ChatGPT, like any other invention, had its drawbacks.
According to some reports, the bot was used to pass the Wharton MBA exam as well as the US law and medical licensing exams. Many universities around the world have begun to express concern about students using the tool for homework and assignments. To combat the Chatbot's growing popularity, many universities in India, France, and the United States have banned its use.
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Steps Taken by Indian Universities to Ban or Curb Usage of ChatGPT
Bangalore's RV University was the first in India to prohibit ChatGPT, and the policy took effect on January 1. Sanjay Chitnis, dean of RV University's school of computer science and engineering, issued a formal advisory against using the bot.
Aside from ChatGPT, the University prohibits the use of other AI bots such as Github Copilot and Blackbox. The advisory applies to both students and faculty at the college. They have already begun blocking ChatGPT during lab and tutorial sessions.
The University will also put their students to the test by asking them to reproduce the content in order to verify the authenticity of the assignments. Offenders will also face disciplinary action, according to the advisory. If a student is found to have used the same, they may be expelled from campus.
Many other colleges in India are planning to change their assignments to avoid using AI tools. In Karnataka, Dayananda Sagar University and the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-B) are also looking for alternative ways to reduce Chatbot usage.
Dayananda Sagar University officials have changed the nature of assignments to address the problem. According to the Times of India, KN Balasubramanya Murthy, vice chancellor of Dayananda Sagar University, assignments are becoming more technical and mathematical. It has been modified to avoid the use of AI tools such as ChatGPT.
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The IIT-B, on the other hand, forms a committee to create a framework for using ChatGPT. Other well-known Bangalore universities, such as Christ University, are developing policies to prevent students from using AI tools. According to Abraham V, vice chancellor of Christ University, assignments created with ChatGPT assignments is no longer valid.
Students would be expected to work on it during class hours in preparation for assignment submission. Because of malpractice and plagiarism, the assignments are no longer used for assessment.
France’s Top University Also Took Measures to Curb AI Tools
Aside from Indian universities, a leading French university, Sciences Po, has outright prohibited the use of ChatGPT. The University stated in a statement that without transparent referencing, students are not permitted to use AI tools to complete any written work or presentations.
However, with the supervision of a course leader, the University grants a few exemptions for specific course purposes. The main campus of the University has stated that it may expel students, and in some cases, the ban may be a complete ban from French higher education.
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What steps did the US Department of Education take to reduce ChatGPT usage?
The New York City Department of Education has outright prohibited students from using ChatGPT. It is concerning that students will use it to complete their homework, mathematical equations, and other assignments.
Several Seattle schools have also prohibited the use of ChatGPT. Many universities in the United States have announced that they will conduct fewer take-home assessments and more hand-written essays and oral exams.
Apart from universities and schools, the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) has prohibited its authors from using AI tools in the creation of scientific papers. AI tools will face more restrictions in the coming months. What are your thoughts on the limitations of AI tools? Please notify us in the comments section.