Google has announced the launch of Android Nanodegree program in India, with the aim of training developers and advancing the country to become a global leader in mobile app development.
India has about 3 million software developers. That is, we are a country with the second largest population of developers. And Google, with its recent step, is planning on increasing and advancing this number.
Google has announced the launch of an educational program which will aim at creating more high-quality Android application developers in the country.
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In partnership with Udacity, a US-based for-profit educational organisation which offers massive open online courses (MOOC), Google is going to offer Android Developer Nanodegrees in India. The Android Nanodegree is an education credential meant to help developers. With this program, developers they can learn new skills from anywhere in the country. All they need is an internet connection.
Google and philanthropic organisation Tata Trusts will also offer 1,000 scholarships to deserving students from across India. The program has been launched with the idea of providing developers with easy and affordable access to world class education, thereby making India the global leader in mobile app development.
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The Udacity Android Nanodegree program includes courses which are developed and taught by expert Google instructors from the Google Developer Relations team.
The course will have project reviews, mentorship and career services from Udacity too. At the end of the course, developers will be given a certificate. The curriculum will also be regularly updated with new releases.
“While India has millions of software developers, we still lag behind in creating world-class apps. With the launch of this program we want to bridge the gap by providing India’s developer community an easy access to learn and build high quality apps for the world. Today, only 1% of apps built in India feature in the top 1000 apps globally and our goal is to raise this to 10% in next three years,” said Rajan Anandan, VP and managing director, Google South East Asia and India.
Enrolment for the program is currently open and the course duration will be six to nine months. Enrolments close on September 27. The program will cost Rs. 9,800 per month, and 50% of the tuition fees will be refunded by Udacity, once the course is complete.
“Learn to develop for Android and transform your career outlook! This Nanodegree will provide a guided, efficient path for an intermediate developer with little or no experience on mobile platforms to emerge as an Android Developer,” says their website.