Google launches Android skilling programme in line with Skill India initiative

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The initiative will train two million developers in India over the next three years.

The tech giant, Google, recently announced the launch of the ‘Android Skilling Programme’, aimed at training two million developers in India over the next three years. The programme is in line with the Skill India initiative started by the Modi-led Indian Government, as it is designed to provide easy and affordable access to a world-class skilling and educational programme for Indian developers.

The key elements of this initiative are end-to-end Android training, training channels, associate Android developer certification. The Android developer training will be available for free across universities.

As part of the initiative, Google announced ‘The Android Developer Fundamentals’ course, a specially-designed instructor-led training programme that will be made available across public and private universities and training institutes of the National Skill Development Corporation of India. This in-person training will be integrated with the computer science curricula of universities within this calendar year. The Android Developer Fundamentals course material will also be covered on NPTEL (an IIT Madras project in collaboration with the IITs and IISc) as part of its online mobile computing course starting July 18, 2016.

Peter Lubbers, senior programme manager, Google Developer Training, mentioned in an official blog post that, “In addition to partnering with the National Skill Development Corporation of India, we have teamed up with training partners like Edureka, Koenig, Manipal Global, Simplilearn, Udacity and UpGrad, who will operate as Authorized Android Training Partners in India. We are working closely with them to train their trainers and also to update their Android courseware to prepare their students for Android certification and a career in Android development”.

Supporting potential Android developer employers, Google has also introduced a globally-recognised, job-oriented, Associate Android Developer Certification—a performance-based exam, that will help candidates obtain entry-level Android developer jobs in the industry. After training, developers can log on to the Google Developers training website and take the certification exam priced at Rs 6,500. The certification sets a benchmark for the industry to evaluate developer capabilities and is mapped to an actual job already in the industry, as determined by job task analyses.

Sharing the significance of the programme, Lubbers said in the official blog, “India’s developer ecosystem is well established, globally, and we believe that the Android Skilling programme addresses the need to produce world-class, skilled-up developers and scale up the mobile developer ecosystem to help make India a global leader in mobile app development”.

Last year, Google had introduced the Android Nanodegree programme in partnership with Udacity in India, which now sees over 11,500 students across the country enrolling every month. In line with the same, two weeks ago, Google also launched the Android Basics Nanodegree with Udacity making it an end-to-end programme for Android development.

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