Google has launched a program to train 2 million developers in India for its Android operating system, according to information reported by Bloomberg. Dubbed Android Skilling, this program will be presented for free at hundreds of public and private universities in India, as well as graduate schools. The Mountain View firm will be able to count on the support of the Indian government, via the National Skills Development Corporation of India, to promote its program.
India has become a true eldorado of IT, and is expected to become the largest hotbed of developers in the world by 2018 with 4 million people, which would allow it to overtake the United States in this sector, according to Caesar Sengupta , VP Product Management at Google. However, only a quarter of this contingent should be dedicated to mobile development.
250,000 students trained each year
The Alphabet subsidiary plans to make its program freely available to millions of Indians with the aim of making India the world leader in this sector. “We believe India is uniquely positioned to innovate and shape the Internet experience of billions of users who are already or soon online on the mobile platform.», Explains Caesar Sengupta. The training capacity of the Android Skilling program can reach more than 250,000 students each year at around 2,000 universities across the country, according to Peter Lubbers, Senior Program Manager at Google.
By expressing its interest in Indian developers, Google is joining Apple in this area. Last May, the Apple brand announced the upcoming opening of a development and acceleration center dedicated to mobile applications in Bangalore, the world’s fourth technology center in 2013. This initiative is an opportunity for Apple to inflate its workforce with cheap labor to boost the development of Swift, a programming language for iOS.
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