Amazon is expanding its IT program, Future Engineer, to India, making the world’s second-largest internet marketplace the fifth country where it offers the Community Child-to-Career Program, the company said on Tuesday.
The company said in a virtual conference today that it will offer students several educational materials, scholarships, internships and mentors to teach computer science – and the areas it encompasses such as robotics, artificial intelligence. and machine learning – and will also provide teachers with resources.
Through Future Engineer, the company is partnering with actors such as Code.org to provide CS education opportunities to underserved and underrepresented children and young adults. Amazon said the program is primarily focused on students in grades six to twelve.
Amazon expects to provide these opportunities – which in India have been contextualized for the Indian teacher and student community and are available in several regional languages - to more than 100,000 students nationwide in more than 900 public schools in seven states. ‘within a year.
TechCrunch announced in December that the company plans to launch the program in the world’s second largest internet market.
“Students from underserved communities in India face disproportionate barriers to education, especially in the area of IT. We are excited to bring the Amazon Future Engineer initiative to India, as we believe that all young people, regardless of their background, should have the right exposure and accessibility to quality IT training, ”said Amit Agarwal , Senior Global Vice President and Country Manager. at Amazon India, in a statement.
“Our goal is to bring the CS program closer to these students in the languages of their comfort and choice, to give them the appropriate skills and tools to be able to broaden their career prospects. We hope that students will emerge more confident and qualified to be responsible creators of technological solutions and to build a better future for themselves and for the communities around them. “
The American e-commerce giant, which has invested more than $ 6.5 billion in India so far, has been exploring the educational space in the country for the past few years. Two years ago, she launched JEE Ready, an app to help students preparing to enter India’s prestigious institutes of technology. JEE Ready, which has since been renamed Amazon Academy, offers free online courses and analyzes student performance in mock tests.
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