Amazon Planning to Launch Computer Science Education Programme in India

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Amazon is in plans to launch its childhood-to-career programme Future Engineer in India, a job posting tips. Debuting in the USA in January final year, the initiative is aimed to fund computer science classes to help students memorize coding and computers. Amazon is currently hiring for a manager to lead the Amazon Future Engineer programme in India. The newest move comes almost a year after CEO Jeff Bezos visited the country and announced the company’s investment of $1 billion (more or less Rs. 7,319 crores) in the country to digitise small and medium trade in the country.

The job posting, which used to be first reported by TechCrunch, indicates that Amazon is planning to launch the Future Engineer programme in India sometime in 2021.

“The initial research for Amazon Future Engineer in India is currently underway and we look to the chosen candidate to dive deep into operationalising the programme to what’s applicable for India and the student needs,” the company said in its posting.

Despite the fact that the location for the job will be Amazon’s India headquarters in Bengaluru, the programme is likely to go live across the country.

Gadgets 360 has reached out to Amazon for clarity on the programme and will update this space when the company responds.

Since its launch, Amazon Future Engineer has been expanded to more than 5,000 schools and 550,000 students in the USA, as per the main points given in a press release by the company.

The Amazon Future Engineer programme is touted to be aimed at educating students from “underrepresented and underserved” communities each and every year. It includes scholarships of $10,000 (more or less Rs. 7,32,000) that are provided to 100 students each and every year. The company also paper money that it offers the scholarship recipients a guaranteed, paid internship at its office after their first year of college.

Amazon has already dedicated to invest over $6.5 billion (more or less Rs. 47,586 crores) in the country, with the latest $1 billion investment announced in January. It to begin with started native operations as an e-commerce firm, though the Seattle, Washington-headquartered company recently expanded its footprint in the Indian region. The company also promised earlier this year to create as many as a million new jobs in the country by 2025.

In July final year, Amazon launched an app called JEE Able, which used to be recently rebranded as Amazon Academy. It is designed to help students prepare for Indian engineering test, IIT-JEE.

Very similar to Amazon, companies including Google and Microsoft have long shown their interest in Indian students. Facebook earlier this year also invested in edutech startup Unacademy and recently tied up with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to host a certified training on digital safety and augmented reality for students in the country.

According to the data given by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), there are more than 1.5 million schools and 250 million children in the country. This gives a solid reason to a company like Amazon to have a look at the country’s education system to spice up its trade.

Then again, except for planning to invest in the education sector, Amazon is currently working tough to expand its e-commerce trade in the country. The company pumped in Rs. 700 crores into its Indian subsidiary in October to improve sales right through the festive season. It also explored new models, including home delivery of liquor, to keep its presence even right through the coronavirus lockdown in the country.

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