The Andhra Pradesh State Government in India aims to make mobile app building an integral part of learning for college students, according to India's Economic Times newspaper.
It said that a course on building apps was now being offered in 17 skill development centres across the state, operated by the Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC). "Each has app developers and experts from software giants like Microsoft and other companies who are training students in mobile app development. ... The APSSDC aims to train 5,000 students by April-May and 20,000 students by August-September," the newspaper said.
According to another report, in the Hyderabad-Deccan English Daily "Students pursuing any course (not necessarily technology-related) can enrol in this program.The aim is to encourage students with interests in various fields to develop a gamut of apps, ranging from technology, agriculture, governance, beauty, fashion to emergency services, etc."
The paper said that the program was part of the State Government's efforts to create entrepreneurs "who have a unique opportunity to lead the world in innovation." It added: "[The programme] already has over 650 students from 98 colleges who have developed nearly 3,000 apps (both utility and business apps). Some of these mobile applications will eventually be absorbed for e-Governance in Andhra Pradesh."
The mobile app initiative is just one component of what the Andhra Pradesh State Government claims is India's first innovation policy.
In a blog post, chief minister, Nara Chandrababu Naidu, said: "The new policy for innovation is based on five pillars: shared infrastructure, accelerators/incubators, human capital, funding and a system of good governance. As part of this ambitious plan, we aim to have 100 incubators/accelerators, get 5,000 start-ups incubated and mobilise a venture capital fund to the tune of Rs1,000 crore ($A208m). I want to create at least one home-grown billion dollar technology start-up every year."
He added: "Our government will work with universities, educational institutions and the industry to provide pre-trained manpower in emerging technologies and to foster a culture of entrepreneurship."
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