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Collaboration Aims to Enhance Learning Experiences and Foster Job-Ready Talent
New Delhi: In a groundbreaking development in the field of education, SmartBridge, a Veranda Learning Enterprise, has forged a strategic partnership with tech giant Google to redefine project-based learning and virtual internships across India. This landmark collaboration, initiated under the Google for Developers India Edu program, is set to usher in a new era of educational excellence and practical skills development.
SmartBridge's unwavering commitment to enhancing learning experiences has already led to partnerships with more than 400 colleges and institutions across India. Notable institutions benefiting from this collaboration include the prestigious Vellore Institute of Technology, among others.
With Google's support, this partnership has empowered students and teaching staff alike with cutting-edge technology, with a specific focus on Machine Learning utilizing TensorFlow and Android app development.
Garima Mehra, Program Manager of Google, expressed her enthusiasm for the collaboration, stating, "SmartBridge’s partnership with Google for Developers India Edu program has been instrumental in scaling the learning experience and reach for Android app development and Machine Learning with TensorFlow to 400+ institutions across India. The SmartBridge team has been able to successfully enable students’ outcomes with their unique program design coupled with strong engagement of faculty, mentors, and institutions. We look forward to more partnerships with the SmartBridge team to bring the latest Google tech to Indian universities and students."
Amarender Katkam, Chief Executive Officer and founder of SmartBridge, spoke about the partnership's significance, saying, "SmartBridge's project-based learning approach, implemented through the SmartInternz platform, deepens students' technical and professional skills. The partnership has reached over 400 educational institutions nationwide, impacting students and educators nationwide."
SmartBridge remains committed to continuing and expanding its partnership with Google to create job-ready talent equipped with emerging skills that are vital in today's dynamic job market.
Key Benefits of the SmartBridge and Google Partnership:
1. Access to Cutting-Edge Technology: Through hands-on learning modules and virtual internships, students gain invaluable experience with the latest Google technologies, equipping them with essential skills for future careers.
2. Project-Based Learning: SmartBridge's project-based learning approach ensures that students apply theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios, fostering a deeper understanding of concepts and problem-solving skills.
3. Virtual Internship Opportunities: The partnership introduces students to virtual internship programs, allowing them to work on live projects, collaborate with industry experts, and gain practical experience while still in college.
4. Faculty and Mentor Engagement: This collaboration actively involves faculty and mentors from partner institutions, creating a supportive ecosystem for students' growth and development.
5. Expanding Horizons: SmartBridge and Google's joint efforts aim to reach more institutions and students, democratizing access to quality education and career opportunities in technology.
Sunil K Joseph, Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science, Mar Augusthinose College, praised the collaboration, saying, "The two-day FDP on Android programming using Kotlin that Google organized in collaboration with SmartInternz was really educational. Through the use of Android Studio and Kotlin, the training offered useful insight into the creation of Android apps. The resource person guiding the Faculty Development Programme was knowledgeable and affable, promptly responding to any inquiries that surfaced throughout the sessions. In addition, she showed us the Google Android learning route, which allowed us to expand our understanding of and proficiency with Android app development. Overall, the experience was fruitful and instructive."
The SmartBridge and Google partnership signals a transformative shift in India's education landscape, one that promises to empower students with practical skills and open up new opportunities in the ever-evolving tech industry. As this collaboration continues to grow, it is expected to shape the future of education in the region, preparing students for the demands of the 21st-century job market.