Search engine Google and online education company Udacity on Monday launched IT courses in India, branching outside the US to tap the country’s millions of software developers struggling for jobs. India having the largest company of app developers outside the US, Google and Tata Trust are pushing for Huge training of developers to build apps on the Android platform.
India having the largest company of app developers outside the US, Google and Tata Trust are pushing for the Huge training of developers to build apps on the Android platform.
The programme, Android Nanodegree, helps Developers to learn new skills to improve their careers through an online course. Google and Tata Trust will Offer 500 scholarship each to students through the programme.
The course costing Rs. 9,800 a month, the degrees will take between 6 and 9 months to complete, with lessons from Google instructors based in the United States. Students will get 50% of tuition costs back on graduation as a scholarship. Google and Udacity will also offer 1,000 scholarships and all graduates will be invited to a job fair next year hosted by Google in India.
The launch comes as Indian PM Narendra Modi leads to Silicon Valley as part of a visit to the US, seeking foreign investment in India’s large amount of start-ups as well as financial relationship with US tech giants.
India is set to become the largest base for developers by 2018, With about 3 million software developers currently. On the other hand, not even a single app from India is among the top 100 apps in Google PlayStore due to quality concerns.
Udacity has trained about 25,000 candidates worldwide and currently has about 10,000 active candidates. The company is witnessing a 32% month-on-month growth in users. With its redefined focus on India, it is looking at a massive growth period. India is the second largest student traffic source for Udacity.