Google Inc and Udacity, an online education firm, launched IT courses in India on Monday. The two firms have branched outside the US to tap millions of software developers in the country are desperately looking for jobs.
Google seeking developers for Android apps
Google and Udacity teamed with India’s Tata group to offer online technical training courses with a focus on teaching software developers to create apps for the Android mobile OS. These degrees will cost Rs. 9,800 (approx. $160) a month, and will take six to nine months to complete. Google’s US-based instructors will provide the lessons.
On completing the graduation, the students will get a refund of 50% of their tuition fees. The firm’s plan of offering 1,000 scholarships, and invite all graduates to a job fair next year hosted by Google India.
Google Inc aims to skill India’s 3.6m developers, the second largest in the world, as the US firm is in need of developers to program Android devices. Google India’s MD Rajan Anandan told reporters that despite having millions of software developers, India still lags behind in creating world-class apps.
Google has surely made a smart move as India is still in initial stages of smart phone adoption, and IDC expects the country to overtake the US as the 2nd biggest smart phone market by 2017.
Indian PM heading Silicon Valley
Google’s online courses comes at a time when Indian PM Narendra Modi is due to meet Silicon Valley leaders including Google CEO Sundar Pichai, this weekend, says a report from Silicon Beat. There Modi will seek FDIs in a large number of Indian start-ups and also financial tie-ups with the US tech giants. Indian PM is facing staunch opposition due of his involvement in a 2002 genocide of Muslim minority.
Modi will also be meeting Adobe Systems CEO Shantanu Narayen, who like Google Inc ’s CEO Sundar Pichai is of Indian origin. Modi will be meeting other tech executives as well including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Apple CEO Tim Cook.
“I am excited to announce that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Facebook HQ later this month for a Townhall Q&A,” Facebook CEO wrote in a post.
Modi won’t be speaking to Stanford University students, says the report. The Indian-American group has sponsored a reception on September 27, which will be held at the SAP Center in San Jose. Modi’s Bay Area visit is the first by an Indian PM since a visit to San Francisco in 1978 by PM Morarji Desai.
On Monday, Google shares closed up 0.92% at $666.98. Year to date, the stock is up almost 25% while in the last one-year, they are up over 10%.