By the year of 2018 India will have four million software developers in world and might become the largest population of developers in the world. But currently there are less than 25% of these developers are trained to develop and build apps for the mobile platform.
According to Google, The majority of India’s Internet user base on today access the Internet from their mobile phones and almost all the future Internet users in the country and many of the world’s emerging countries will be using mobile only. There is a huge opportunity for India to become a global leader in mobile app development and company want to contribute and bridge the skills gap that exists today.
“We are excited to announce the launch of the Android Skilling program. Aimed at training two million developers in India over the next three years and in support of the Skill India initiative of the Indian government, we hope to provide easy and affordable access to a world-class skilling and educational program for Indian developers”, says google.
The key elements of this initiative are End-to-end Android training, Training Channels and Associate Android Developer Certification.
Last year, Company introduced the Android Nanodegree program in India with Udacity. Today over 11,500 students across India enrolling every month, and only two weeks ago company launched the Android Basics Nanodegree with Udacity so that they have an end to end path—from zero to hero—for Android Development without having to send all of students to many different places to learn the prerequisites.
Today they have announced The Android Developer Fundamentals course, a specially-designed instructor-led training program 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 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.
The Android Developer Fundamentals reference course and all practicals and courseware will be available as Open Source to everyone for free.
In addition to partnering with the National Skill Development Corporation of India, company 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 and working closely with them to train their trainers and to update their Android courseware to prepare their students for the Android Certification and a career in Android development.
To support potential Android developer employers, Company are also launching 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.
Recently developers who are ready to be certified can log on to the website and take the certification exam (priced at INR 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.
India’s developer ecosystem is well-established globally and Company believe that the Android Skilling program 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.