Google's '2 million developers' programme: Tech giant announces scholarships to 1.3 lakh Indian youths

Sonal Khetarpal   New Delhi     Last Updated: November 24, 2017  | 15:46 IST
Google announces scholarships to 1,30,000 developers in partnership with Pluralsight & Udacity

To create a pool of highly skilled tech workforce in India, Google in association with Pluralsight and Udacity will offer scholarship to 130,000 developers and students across India.
In this joint effort, Google is sponsoring 100,000 scholarships on the Pluralsight learning platform and 30 thousand scholarships on Udacity to help developers gain access to advanced learning curriculum and further their employability in emerging technologies such as Mobile and Web development, Machine Learning, AR/VR, Artificial Intelligence, and Cloud Platforms.
"The Scholarship program would have two phases. The first phase would have free access to our courses in mobile and web development along with mentorship and community support. The top 1000 students earn an additional 6-month scholarship to our Mobile and Web Developer Nanodegree programs, which includes mentorship, community support, and expert project reviews," said Ishan Gupta, Managing Director - Udacity India.
This scholarship programme is in continuation of Google's plans to train two million developers in India, to help spur innovation and support the growth of India's start-up ecosystem.
"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. To build on this momentum, this scholarship program, will make it easy for students and developers to gain the skills they need to be successful in the changing technology landscape,"said William Florance, Developer Products Group and Skilling Lead for India, Google.
Since the last year and a half, Google has trained over a thousand faculty over 400 colleges and 11 state universities for the technologies of the future which has already benefited 75000 students, said Florance at the sidelines of the event.
NASSCOM has predicted that by 2020, over one-third of skills (35%) that are considered important in today's workforce will change and in 20 years 65% of jobs will be absolutely new that we do not even know of today. Some jobs will disappear, others will grow and jobs that don't even exist today will become commonplace.

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