Google has announced the launch of a program to offer Android Nanodegrees in India in partnership with Udacity, an online education company. The Android Nanodegree is an education credential that is designed to help developers learn new skills.
As a part of the program Google and Tata Trusts will offer 1,000 scholarships for the Android Nanodegree to students across the country. Udacity said that India is the second largest developer population in the world with 3 million software developers and the country has a potential to become the top developer population by 2018, with 4 million developers. The Udacity Android Nanodegree program will comprise of courses developed and taught by instructors from the Google Developers Relations team. The program will include project reviews, mentorship and career services from Udacity.
“While India has millions of software developers, we still lag behind in creating world-class apps. With the launch of this program 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. We’re pleased to announce, that Google along with Tata Trusts will offer 500 free scholarships each to developers for Android Developer Nanodegree program.”
said Rajan Anandan, VP & Managing Director, Google South East Asia & India.
“Our mission at Udacity is to democratize education for everyone to help people get the jobs they want and they dream of. 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.”
said Sebastian Thrun, founder and CEO of Udacity.
Enrollments for the Udacity Android Nanodegree program are open right now. The duration of the program that comprises degrees in areas like Android development and data analyses will be around 6-9 months and costs Rs. 9,800 per month with Udacity refunding 50 percent of the tuition upon completion. Google will also host a career summit for thirty of the top graduates from the Android Nanodegree program in Bangalore by end of this year. Scholarships for the Android Nanodegree are available immediately. You can check out the Udacity website for more information.