Google is bidding high with its Android Development Program in India. The Mountain View-based tech company has announced the Android Skilling program in the country which aims to train around two million Android developers. Partnering with universities, government bodies and private institutions, the Android Developer training will be available free of cost across universities in India.
Commenting on the announcement, Peter Lubbers, Head of Android Development for Google said, “We want to set a Google standard, a gold standard for development in India.”
Here’s how you can get access to Google’s Android Skilling and Certification Program:
Google will be offering these programs in two modes – offline and online modes. First off, classroom-based training courses in Android Development will be created in association with 31 universities as well as training institutes under the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). The list has some popular names including Amity University, G.D. Goenka University, Lovely Professional University, Rayat Bahra University, Manav Rachna International University, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University, and more. This program is for computer science graduates which will help them in developing apps and therefore creating job opportunities as well.
Google also has plans to provide faculty training in these institutes, with an ultimate goal of enrolling 2000 universities, training 4000 faculty members, and creating a 250,000 strong student base.
Google has teamed up with National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL), to provide online learning resources in Android Development. NPTEL has been offering online courses for 2 years to students who want access to courses similar to those taught at IITs. NPTEL’s infrastructure and resources are already powered by Google. The skill development organisation will soon offer a free Mobile Computing course, designed to help students prepare for Google’s Developer Certification Program. The Android Fundamentals course will be available free of cost on NPTEL which is an initiative by the IITs and IISc from 18 July onwards as part of its Mobile Computing Course.
Speaking at the launch of this initiative, Ceaser Sengupta, vice president of product management at Google said, “India is expected to have the largest developer population globally, overtaking the US by 2018, with four million developers. By building a world-class curriculum and making it easily accessible to millions of students and developers in India, we want to contribute to the Skill India initiative and help make India the global leader in mobile app development.”
In addition to offering courses, Google has also partnered with training institutes such as Edureka, Koenig, Manipal Global, Simplilearn, Udacity and UpGrad which will function as Authorised Android Training Partners in India.
Apart from this Google has also announced its job-oriented Associate Android Developer Certification programme which is a performance-based exam that aims to help successful developers get entry level Android Developer jobs in the industry. The exam is priced at Rs 6,500 per attempt.