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Bengaluru colleges put curbs on use of ChatGPT



BENGALURU: With OpenAI’s ChatGPT passing the Wharton MBA exam, and the US law and medical licensing exams, colleges in Bengaluru are getting worried.
Sanjay Chitnis, dean of the school of computer science and engineering at RV University, has issued an advisory to students and faculty saying that artificial intelligence (AI) agents such as ChatGPT, Github Copilot, and Blackbox, should not be used when original submission is expected, such as code in the first-year programming course or original essays, answers to questions, etc.
The policy at RV University came into force effective January 1. The university is blocking ChatGPT during lab and tutorial sessions. It will also conduct random checks by asking students to reproduce content. If a significant difference is found, the university will take disciplinary action.
ChatGPT, launched in November, uses AI to write emails and essays, poetry, answer questions, or generate lines of code based on a prompt; and it does so in a conversational style. GitHub Copilot turns natural language prompts into coding suggestions across dozens of programming languages, drastically simplifying the process of writing code.
RV University’s advisory goes on to say: “For some work, students will be explicitly permitted to use AI agents to enable higher productivity and to get used to a work environment where such agents will be allowed to be used. In such cases, the expected output needs to be completed in less time and larger in size than what they can complete otherwise.”
The International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIIT-B) has formed a committee to develop a structural framework on using ChatGPT. Debabrata Das, director of IIIT-B, said ChatGPT is very generic, and is useful in writing a routine document, simple programming etc. “Some of our assignments are deep technology, where ChatGPT will not be helpful. But we have to think of plagiarism in those non-technical subjects where it will be applicable,” he said. The committee will come up with a checklist of dos and don’ts for ChatGPT.
KN Balasubramanya Murthy, vice chancellor of Dayananda Sagar University, said they would make assignments more technical and mathematical, wherever possible, to circumvent the challenge posed by ChatGPT.
In a meeting with the heads of departments two weeks ago, Christ University vice chancellor Abraham V said that ChatGPT assignments should no longer be considered for assessments. “If assignments are to be considered for assessments, students should be asked to work on it during the class hours. Due to the higher chances of malpractice and plagiarism after the introduction of ChatGPT, we have decided not to use assignments for assessment purposes,” he said.





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