Google And HTC Launch Nanodegree VR Program In India

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Google and Udacity have a history of designing affordable "Nanodegree" courses for aspiring Android developers and have lately decided to expand on that activity. Namely, the two companies have now teamed up with HTC Vive and Upload in order to bring the Developer Nanodegree Program to India. This program is a bit more limited in scope than most of its other iterations as it's specifically designed to help people get started in virtual reality (VR) development. However, that isn't to say that the course has a smaller curriculum, it's just more focused. Among other things, participants will be able to learn about game engines, mobile and desktop VR development, and VR game design. If you're thinking about enrolling, note that some experience in general development certainly won't hurt as this course is aimed at people interested in getting started in VR.

Udacity International's executive Shernaz Daver revealed that the Indian Developer Nanodegree Program was designed as a practical course so that its students will mostly learn by doing, which is generally considered to be the best approach when it comes to teaching development courses. Google VR and Udacity's representatives revealed that they've decided to introduce the initiative in India due to its incredibly large pool of potential developers. As all of the parties financing the latest Nanodegree course have some kind of stake in virtual reality, it's no wonder they're looking to promote the growth of this emerging industry by getting more people involved in it. Of course, that isn't to say this initiative isn't praise-worthy as easy access to education is incredibly important to every society and having more options is always better.

That is especially true for a developing country like India which can definitely benefit from getting more involved in a growing industry such as VR. Udacity International estimates that the global VR market will be worth over $90 billion by 2020 so educating more VR developers seems like a solid bet for pretty much every country in the world. If you happen to be located in India but are looking to enroll in a development program that's a bit more comprehensive, Google and Udacity have also recently introduced cheap Android courses in the country.

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