With more Indians coming online for the first time, India faces the challenge of guiding its citizens to put internet into good use. Fortunately for the country, an increasingly growing number of people are showing a promising interest in programming and coding apps.
More people in India are now looking online for mobile development courses than they do in the United States. Search queries for mobile development courses from India have surged 200 percent year-on-year in the past two years, Google said.
With this voluminous growth, India has surpassed the United States, Google said, in terms of online search for courses related to mobile developments.
The vast majority of these searches originated from Indian states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra, Google said in a press release. These are some of the states with highest literacy rates.
Residents in other states, such as Uttar Pradesh, for instance, have also shown interest in coding. Since last year, search queries about mobile development courses have surged by 70 percent in the country’s most populated state. Search queries about the aforementioned subject also increased in Bihar, moving up 158 percent year-on-year.
India’s peaking interest in coding aligns with other educational searches people have made since last year. Demand for vocational training courses, for instance, account for 40 percent of the total educational search volume.
“We have seen tremendous response across mobile developer courses from India, with 16,500 students enrolling every month taking up Android development, mobile web development and learning new cloud based technology courses,” said Peter Lubbers, head of Google Developer Training.
It’s a good sign for country, which is projected to have 730 million internet users by 2020. India currently has about 350 million internet users.