With an ever expanding usage of smartphones in India comes the increase in opportunities for individuals to leverage such mobile platforms. But in order to do so, individuals are in need of the proper knowledge and training to successfully build applications and leverage the reach of smartphones.
And in order to address such needs, Google India recently launched an "Android Skilling" program that aims to train about 2 million individuals as its mobile developers. This new certification program aims to skill, educate and certify both developers and enthusiasts alike, in android developments. By unveiling multiple initiatives, Google aims to launch this developer training program through collaborations with training partners and universities. Keeping in tune with the Skills India mission, Google aims to make world-class Android Developer education accessible to millions of students and developers.
Launching a designed instructor-led training program on Android Fundamentals, this will be made available across universities and training institutes of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) as an in-person training module in the coming months. The in-person training module integrated into the course curriculum will be introduced within this calendar year at no additional fee. The Android Fundamentals course will also be available, free of charge, on NPTEL (an initiative of the IITs and IISc) as part of its online Mobile Computing course starting 18th July 2016. Google also intends to roll out the program in private universities like Amity University and G.D. Goenka University while simultaneously collaborating with Andhra Pradesh State Skills Development Corporation (APSSDC) to reach out to aspirant developers.
In order to support this learning initiative Google also launched a formal certification program —a performance-based exam that will help successful candidates to get an entry-level Android Developer jobs in the Industry. In a county which gives importance of certified possession of skills, Google Developer Certification is a program designed to help individuals to show what they can actually do and not simply show what they know. It allows individuals to demonstrate their proficiency and skills. In taking and passing the certification exam, priced at Rs 6500, it aims to assist individuals by becoming recognized for their skills, which in turn enables them to promote themselves to relevant communities, projects, or employers.
In a move that follows Apple's efforts to tap into India’s up and coming talent pool, Google seeks to increase the usage of the android platform as a popular choice among mobile developers. Speaking at the launch, Caesar Sengupta, VP, Product Management at Google said, “India is expected to have the largest developer population globally, overtaking the US, by 2018, with four million developers. But today only 25 per cent of developers are building for mobile. By building a world class curriculum and making it easily accessible to millions of students and developers in India, we want to contribute to the Skill India initiative and help make India the global leader in mobile app development.”