Amazon is expanding its IT program, Future Engineer, to India, making the world’s second largest internet marketplace the fifth market where the company offers the Community Child Care Program.
The company said in a virtual conference on Tuesday that it will offer several educational materials, scholarships, internships and mentors to teach courses in computer science – and the areas it encompasses such as robotics, artificial intelligence and l ‘machine learning – to students in India and also provide resources to teachers.
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.
“While one million students enroll in computer engineering courses in India each year, students from underserved and under-represented communities contribute in relatively small numbers. There are several reasons – low exposure to IT-related career opportunities, lack of inspiring role models in their community, and language barriers to accessing interesting program formats. In addition, public schools have limited resources to provide computer education, ”the company said.
Amazon expects Future Engineer – which India says has been contextualized for the Indian teacher and student community and is available in multiple regional languages - to over 100,000 students nationwide at over 900 schools governments 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 marketplace.
“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 technological institutes. JEE Ready, which has since been renamed Amazon Academy, offers free online courses and analyzes student performance in mock tests.