In order to tap the talent pool of millions of software developers scrambling for jobs in the country, search engine giant Google in partnership with online education company Udacity has introduced IT courses in India. The pair of Google and Udacity has teamed with Indian IT conglomerate Tata to offer online technical training courses. The courses would focus on teaching software developers in the country to build apps for Android platform, which is the famous Google backed mobile operating system in the world.
US based Google instructors would give lessons to the software developers signing for the course. The course duration would be six to nine months. The course would cost Rs. 9800 per month, half of which they would get return on successfully graduating from the course. Google is eying to skill up the huge potential developer market in India with more than 3.6 million developers, which is second largest in the world, through this programme.
According to Google India Managing Director Rajan Anandan, “While India has millions of software developers, we still lag behind in creating world-class apps.” The companies that are tying up to offer the course would also provide 1000 scholarships and Google would host a job fair in India next year for the successful graduate students of the course.
The launch of the course seems to be the result of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to the Silicon Valley this weekend as part of seeking foreign investment in India. The country is also looking for ways to stop the brain drain to the countries in West for better opportunities through these measures.