Google starts online IT course for developers in India

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Global search engine giant Google on Monday announced that it was partnering with massive open online courses (MOOCs) provider Udacity to offer Android Nanodegrees to developers in India. As a part of the programme, Google and Tata Trusts will offer 1,000 scholarships for the Android Nanodegree to deserving students across the country.
“The Udacity Android Nanodegree programme comprises of courses developed and taught by expert Google instructors from the Google Developer Relations team and will include project reviews, mentorship and career services from Udacity,” Google announced in a press statement.
The curriculum will be updated regularly with new releases. At the successful completion of the programme students will receive a certificate “that will help them to become a more marketable Android developer.”
The Udacity Android Nanodegree programme takes an average of 6-9 months and costs Rs. 9,800 per month with Udacity refunding 50 percent of the tuition upon completion.
“While India has millions of software developers, we still lag behind in creating world-class apps. With the launch of this programme we want to bridge the gap by providing India’s developer community an easy access to learn and build high quality apps for the world. Today, only 2% of apps built in India feature in the top 1000 apps globally and our goal is to raise this to 10% in next three years,” Rajan Anandan, VP & managing director, Google South East Asia & India said.
Google will also host a career summit for thirty of the top graduates from the Android Nanodegree programme in Bangalore by end of this year, it informed.
“We are excited to be launching Udacity in India today and honored to be partnering with Google and Tata Trusts as we bring our Nanodegrees to millions of people in India,” Sebastian Thrun, founder and CEO of Udacity said.

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