Google introduces Android Skilling Program for India

BL Internet Desk Chennai | Updated on January 17, 2018 Published on July 11, 2016


To cash in on India’s high quality talent pool, Google aims to train around two million developers in India on its Android platform over the next three years.

This will be done through public and private universities and training institutes of the National Skill Development Corporation of India, the company said, adding that the ‘in-person training’ module integrated into the course curriculum will be introduced within this calendar year at no additional fee.

“India is expected to have the largest developer population globally, overtaking the US, by 2018, with four million developers. But today only 25 per cent of developers are building for mobile,” Caesar Sengupta, Vice-President Product Management, Google, said. The aim is to help make India the global leader in mobile app development, he said. The training is available for both students and mid-career developers, the company said.

Google has partnered universities such as Amity University, Lovely Professional University, GD Goenka University and Rayat Bahra University for its initiative.

It has also partnered training organisations such as Edureka, Koenig, Manipal Global, Simplilearn, Udacity and UpGrad, which will operate as Authorised Android Training Partners in India.

India, which has about one million people working on solutions for the Android mobile platform, is poised to become home to about 4 million developers by 2018, making it the world’s largest developer base.

In May, the company’s rival Apple had announced setting up a software laboratory in Bengaluru to support start-ups and developers working on its iOS platform.

Certificate programme

Meanwhile, Google has also launched a job-oriented Associate Android Developer Certification — a performance based exam — that will help successful candidates get entry-level Android developer jobs. After training, candidates can log on to the Google Developer training website and take the certification exam for ₹6,500.

Published on July 11, 2016
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