Sunder Pichai led tech titan Google, is all set to make India a hub for global and local app development. For the same, the company is offering a short-term course known as Android Nanodegree to train the developer community in the country.
Google has committed $4 million towards the course internationally, which lasts for 6 to 9 months. In India, it has joined hands with Tata Trust to offer 1000 scholarships for students across the country to cover the cost of the program that is priced at Rs,9,800 a month.
“With over 381 million internet enabled mobile phone subscriptions in India, there is a growing demand for the internet as a multi-purpose solution provider. Through this initiative, Tata Trusts helps build the digital ecosystem to empower communities,” said Ganesh Neelam, Development Manager, Tata Trusts.
India has the second largest app developer population in the world with over 3 million coders, standing only next to the US. However, only less than 2% of apps built in India feature in top 1000 apps globally which Google wants to raise to 10% in next three years. The company believes that India holds the potential of becoming number one by 2018 with 4 million developers.
“While India has millions of software developers, we still lag in creating world-class apps,” said Rajan Anandan, Vice President and Managing Director, Google South East Asia and India. He stated that with the launch of this programme, Google is opening a window of opportunities to the developer community by giving an easy access to learn and build high-quality apps, reports Livemint.
To facilitate the courses, Google has partnered with Udacity, an online-education company, founded by Sebastian Thrun, who was the Founder of Google’s X lab and spearheaded the development of the company’s self-driving car.
“The course will cover fundamentals to advanced development skills, as well as Google Play services and material Design. Real-life projects, like designing a media player and using Google’s services to build apps, will be graded by a global network of 300 code reviewers”, Udacity said in a blog.