Google To Promote Technology In India, To Fund 130,000 Training Scholarships

| November 24 , 2017 , 19:26 IST

Indian youth has skill but need knowledge as well in the emerging technologies. Understanding the need for time being, web titan Google has now announced a new scholarship program to train 130,000 developers and students across India in association with technology learning platform Pluralsight and educational institution Udacity.

Google will fund 100,000 scholarships on the Pluralsight technology learning platform and 30,000 scholarships on Udacity platform under the program. The scholarship would allow the students to have access to advanced learning curriculum and further their employability in mobile and web development, machine learning, augmented and virtual reality, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cloud platforms.

William Florance, Developer Products Group and Skilling Lead for India, Google, "The new scholarship programme is in tandem with Google's aim to train two million developers in India. The country is the second largest developer ecosystem in the world and is bound to overtake the US by 2021."

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has promised in 2015 that the tech giant will train 2 million new Android developers in next 3 years in India. 1,000 developers will be selected to receive full Nanodegree scholarships through Udacity.

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"In the last one year, we have engaged over half a million students and developers across India through a variety of programmes and initiatives. Since we announced our skilling initiative in India, 210,000 students have completed Google developed courses on Udacity, with 117,000 students completing the course this year," Florance informed.

"Unlike China, India is lagging in innovation but is adopting technologies faster. There is an urgent need to upskill and reskill India's technology workforce," Florance added.

Arun Rajamani, Country Head and General Manager, Pluralsight believes that India's tech workforce is going through a phase of transition. He said, "We are thrilled to partner with Google to help developers across India understand their skill level using Pluralsight IQ and advance their skill sets in four key roles: Android Developer, Mobile Web Specialist, Cloud Architect and Data Engineer."

"With this scholarship programme, students can master web and mobile development skills with the experts from Udacity and Google," added Ishan Gupta, Managing Director-Udacity India.