Bengaluru | Giant 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 scrambling for jobs.
The pair teamed with Indian conglomerate Tata to offer online technical training courses, focusing on teaching software developers to build apps for Android, the Google-backed mobile operating system.
It will take six to nine months to complete the degrees, costing rupees 9,800 a month. Lessons will be taught by US based instructors. Well, a plus point for students is that they will be getting back 50 percent of tuition fees on graduation. Another plus point for the students is that, the companies will also offer 1,000 scholarships and all graduates will be invited to a job fair next year hosted by Google in India.
Google is looking to cash in on skilling up many of India’s 3.6 million developers, the second largest number worldwide, and while at the same time seeking more developers who can programme for Android devices.
Google India managing director Rajan Anandan told reporters in India’s IT hub of Bangalore. “While India has millions of software developers, we still lag behind in creating world-class apps,”
The launch comes as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Silicon Valley this weekend as part of a visit to the US, seeking foreign investment in India’s plethora of start-ups as well as financial tie-ups with US tech giants.
PM Modi, who will meet Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, is expected to reassure IT CEOs of efforts to reduce red tape and make it easier to do business in India, a massive market of 1.26 billion people.
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