Android Skilling Program
Search giant Google has unveiled Android Skilling and certification program to train and certify two million developers in India over the next three years.
The Android Skilling program will be introduced for free across hundreds of public and private universities and training schools through a specially designed, in-person program this year. The program would also be available through the government’s National Skills Development Corporation of India, the company said in a statement.
Additionally, Google have also collaborated with training partners such as Udacity, Edureka, Manipal Global, Simplilearn, Koening and UpGrad for the initiative. These training partners will operate as their Authorized Android Training Partners within India. Google will open-source all Android Developer Fundamental practicals and the required courseware and make them available to everyone participating in the training for free.
Associate Android Developer Certification
Students ambitious to build a career in the app development industry can take up the option of a job-oriented Associate Android Developer Certification exam after finishing the course. This can be done by logging on to the Google Developer training website. The exam can be undertaken for a considerable sum of Rs. 6,500 approximately £75. This certification would then enable the students to secure an entry-level job as an Android app developer.
India at an Advantage
"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," Google Vice President Product Management Caesar Sengupta told the reporters.
Other competitors in the market
Other than Google, we have had the largest competitor of Google, Apple who has also been focused on Indian talent for app development in recent years. During the May 2016 visit by Tim Cook, it had been announced that a development accelerator would be opened in Bangalore in due course in a bid to provide specialised support to iOS app developers. Within these facilities, the developers would gain access to advanced tools to create innovative apps for the world’s population.