Amazon follows Facebook, Google, Microsoft showing interest in India’s education


The education sector is growing across the world, and India is one such country, which produces lakhs of doctors and engineers every year.

Under the scheme, the company plans to provide computer science education to underserved and underrepresented children in India. Amazon will then work with local educational institutions and NGOs to train those students in the various aspects of computer science technology.

“Amazon India has a specific focus on equipping children and young adults from underserved and underprivileged communities to build better futures for themselves,” the company said in the description.

According to the report, the Amazon Future Engineer scheme will launch in India in 2021. The company is already running a similar program in the US with over 550,000 students.

Amazon Future Engineer will be a free program for underprivileged people. On top of that, Amazon will also provide scholarships to select students to further support their educational journey. In the US, the company offers a $10,000 scholarship for 100 students every year

On top of that, every participating student and educator can also win $25,000 under the Amazon Future Engineer Teacher of the Year Award. Under the Amazon Future Engineer scheme, the company offers different programs, depending on the age of the students.

In fact, the company has already invested over $6.5 billion in India and is likely to make an additional investment to offer additional products and services across the country. Amazon currently offers a platform called Amazon Academy to help JEE aspirants.

Amazon isn’t the only American firm that is paying attention to India’s growing education market. Earlier this year, Facebook partnered with India’s Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), a government body that oversees education in private and public schools in India, to launch a certified curriculum on digital safety and online well-being, and augmented reality for students and educators.

In addition to that, Google, invested in Indian edtech startup Cuemath this year, has also partnered with CBSE to train more than 1 million teachers in India and offer a range of free tools such as G Suite for Education, Google Classroom and YouTube to help digitize the education experience in the nation.

Microsoft has also collaborated with several Indian governments and industry bodies including National Skill Development Corporation, and Nasscom to help more than 1 million people upskill themselves.

India’s rich population and its hunger for quality education is opening up new markets in the education sector like never before with laser-like attention from the big American techies. With all these private corporations’ support, India’s education industry next decade will be going through a big transformation, and hopefully for the good.