Google Launches ‘Android Nanodegrees’ Online Course For Indian Students

Google Launches 'Android Nanodegrees' Online Course For Indian Students

Search Engine Giant Google and online education company Udacity, in collaboration, launched IT courses in India called ‘Android Nanodegrees’ on September 21, 2015. This is the first ever initiative on the part of Google Search Engine branching outside US to attract and give golden opportunity to the millions of Software Developers across the country who are searching for jobs.

Search Engine Giant Google and online education company Udacity have further teamed with Indian conglomerate Tata so as to offer online technical training courses which will further focus on teaching software developers to build apps for Android, the Google-backed mobile operating system.

The duration of the course is between six and nine months to complete, with lessons from Google instructors based in the United States. Tuition Fees charged is somewhere around Rs. 9,800 (USD 148) a month. Upon successful graduation, candidates will get back 50 percent of tuition costs. Google is planning to cash in on skilling up as many as of India’s 3.6 million developers, the second largest number worldwide while at the same time seeking more developers who can programme for Android devices.

Rajan Anandan who is the Google India Managing Director while addressing the gathering in India’s IT hub of Bangalore said, “while India has millions of software developers, we still lag behind in creating world-class apps.” Google is also planning to offer somewhere around 1000 scholarships out of which of 500 will be offered by Tata Trust. All the graduates will further be invited to a Job Fair Next Year hosted by Google in India.

As per the information revealed from Google, in the present scenario India is the second largest developer base in the world and has the potential to become the number one developer population by 2018, with 4 million developers. He further added, He further stated that, “Only two per cent of apps built in India feature in the top 1,000 apps globally and our goal is to raise this to 10 per cent in next three years.”

The courses are expected to be launched during Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to Silicon Valley on September 27, 2015 to meet with the delegates of the startup companies in America. During his seven day tour to USA, Mr. Modi will address the startup firms and entrepreneurs. It is also believed that Mr. Modi will meet up with IT giants like Facebook, Apple and Google as a part of increase awareness among the people of India.

After meeting with the Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, it is also expected that reassurance of IT CEOs efforts will be done to reduce red tape and make it easier to do business in India, a massive market of 1.26 billion people.

No doubt India is a home to a large number of renowned and prestigious Engineering and IT specialists. But they have left their mother nation to make their name abroad by rising to the zenith of the US corporate world. This list includes Google’s new Chief Executive Sundar Pichai and Microsoft head Satya Nadella.

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