Following the present scenario of online world and education Google has launched a new program called ‘Android Nanodegrees‡ In India. Current move of this web king is to give boost to the android application developer ecosystem.
Google is offering this programme with Udacity, a US-based organisation which offers massive open online courses (MOOC).
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Udacity is also taking the step positively as it will help to grow its members in India. At present India is the second largest market for this MOOC provider.
Google and Udacity are offering online technical training courses with Indian multinational Tata, focusing on teaching software developers to build apps for Android, the Google-backed mobile operating system.
The Google instructors based in United States will deliver the lessons. The course cost will be Rs. 9,800 a month for the duration of six to nine months.
According to Google, 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. According to Google India managing director Rajan Anandan, “While India has millions of software developers, we still lag behind in creating world-class apps”. 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,”.
Various benefits are awaited for the Indian students ahead as the companies will also offer 1,000 scholarships,out of which of 500 will be offered by Tata Trust. All graduates will be invited to a job fair next year hosted by Google in India. Udacity refunding 50 per cent of the tuition fee upon completion of the course.
After the PM Modi‡s meeting with Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg it is expected that reassurance of IT CEOs efforts wil be done to reduce red tape and make it easier to do business in India, a massive market of 1.26 billion people.
Google also aims to make India a global leader in mobile application development.