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Bengaluru: MongoDB, the world’s leading non-relational database provider, has launched a programme in India to train more than 500,000 students with the skills required to use MongoDB Atlas, its platform that simplifies and accelerates deployment and management of databases across multiple clouds.
The MongoDB for Academia programme, as it is called, provides free training for students, curriculum resources for educators, credits to use MongoDB technology at no cost, and certifications to help those who complete courses to find jobs. The programme has been launched in partnership with ICT Academy, the not-for-profit educational initiative of the Tamil Nadu government and the government of India that has a mission to train higher education teachers and students to help close the technology skills gap in India. ICT Academy will identify over 800 educational institutions and more than 1,000 educators for this programme.
Raghu Viswanathan, VP of education, academia and documentation at MongoDB, told TOI that its research found India has about 800,000 graduates in computer science, IT and maths, but while 65% of them have core skills from going to college, they don’t have the extra tech skills needed to get a “big tech job”. While relational databases (where data is structured into tables with rows and columns) still dominate the market, non-relational ones are rapidly gaining ground, as the need to deal with large volumes of data, much of it unstructured or semi-structured (such as web pages, images, videos, voice), grows.
Viswanathan said MongoDB applies five principles to its approach to education. “The first is that we want our online education to be completely free. We have even made it frictionless – we don’t even ask you to login to look at content. The belief is that if you enable learners quickly, then good things will happen with the product,” he said.
The second principle is the provision of a hands-on learning experience to complement the video and reading experience. “We’ve really invested heavily in these hands-on labs,” Viswanathan said. The third principle is certification – the company in essence vouches for the students’ skills.
The fourth principle is to create shorter learning assets. This is to deal with the rapid software changes that happen – the byte-sized courses help a student to quickly keep up with technology, instead of going through a longer course, most of which she would have learnt earlier.
The last principle is that MongoDB goes where the students are. “If they’re on Coursera, we go to Coursera. If they’re on Linkedin, we go to Linkedin. We want to make our content as ubiquitous as possible. Lot of companies keep their content on their own platform. We don’t believe in that,” Viswanathan said.