Government of Goa to train 10,000 Goans in software development

An MoU has been signed, as part of the Digital Goa Scholarship Programme, with a Bangalore-based neo-university

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As part of its Digital Goa Scholarship Programme, the Goa government has entered into a partnership with Bengaluru-based neo-university, Newton School. This partnership will see Goan youth being trained in coding under a six-month long full-stack certification programme. The initiative will enable students to become high-quality software developers.

This partnership will upskill the youth of Goa with industry-focused, skill-oriented education in software development, making Goa the next Silicon Valley of India.

Given that over 16,000 students graduate in Goa every year, this tie-up is aimed at making Goa a hub for tech advancements. It is hoped that the initiative will lead to growth as more global IT firms are expected to hire students from Goa along with other organisations from across sectors.

The Digital Goa Scholarship Programme will start off with a coding and mindset bootcamp lasting 12 weeks, wherein Goan students from both technical and non-technical backgrounds can enrol. The students will be introduced to the world of computers and trained to develop logical thinking and aptitude required to learn coding. The bootcamp will include sessions by top mentors, instructors, and industry professionals from various software companies around the world, including Netflix, Amazon, Myntra, Unacademy, Google, and Microsoft.

Live classes on a daily basis with experts from the top software companies, mentorship from the best educators of India, resume-building sessions and interview preparation with mock interviewers are other highlights of the programme.

After the bootcamp, students will undergo a six-month certification programme that will make them expert full-stack web developers.

Students need not pay anything till they get placed and start drawing a salary.

The aim of the programme is to provide industry-oriented exposure in software education so that students become employable and earn well.

The collaboration encourages other states in India to adopt an e-learning model and upskill youth through similar partnerships.

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