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Google to give Android training to 2 million developers in India

The tech giant that launched Android Skilling and Certification programme on Monday aims to train about 2 million developers in India on its Android platform over the next three years. The training would free, but to appear in certification exam one has to pay Rs 6,500.

India, which has about one million people working on solutions for the Android mobile platform, is poised to become home to about 4 million developers by 2018, making it the world’s largest developer base. 

“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 of product management Caesar Sengupta told reporters here.

The aim is to help make India the global leader in mobile app development, he added. “We are launching a specially-designed instructor-led training programme on Android fundamentals. This will be made available across public and private universities and training institutes of the National Skill Development Corporation of India (NSDC),” he said.

The in-person training module integrated into the course curriculum will be introduced within this calendar year by these partners. Google head of developer training Peter Lubbers said the company aims to train about 2 million people in the next three years. The training would be available for both students as well as mid-career developers, he added.

Representing NSDC as the expected partner of Google skill training initiative, Rajiv Mathur, who heads standards & quality assessment at NSDC, told Millennium Post that a formal announcement about the tie-up with tech giant would be made after July 18.

“Since NSDC is the face of the country, we have to first understand the whole things in details,” Mathur said,
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