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MongoDB to train 5 lakh students in next five years

American multi-cloud developer data platform MongoDB on Tuesday announced the MongoDB for Academia Programme in collaboration with the government of India and government of Tamil Nadu-backed ICT Academy, to address India’s skills gap. The programme will train over five lakh students with skills to use its MongoDB Atlas cloud database service.

The service enables developers to manage transactional workloads, app-driven analytics, full-text search, AI-enhanced experiences, and high-velocity and volume stream data processing.

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“One of the things I hear when I talk to customers is, though we (India) have 4-5 million developers, they’re always struggling with skills. And that’s why we announced we will train 500,000 students in the next five years, which involves partnering with 800 institutions and a train-the-trainer education program,” Sachin Chawla, area vice president, India at MongoDB, told ET.

The New York-headquartered platform has a number of customers in India’s startup ecosystem, from early-stage climate tech platform Ambee to food delivery major Zomato, but is now also being leveraged by big-name enterprises such as Tata Digital (for the Tata Neu app) and Adani Digital (for the Adani One app).

“We are at that inflection point where a lot of these enterprises now started to really modernise their applications,” Chawla explained, which involves modernisation of the backend and not just “lift and shift” to the cloud.

This together with the dearth of skills brought the impetus to start the skilling program, he said.

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The increasing expectation of developers to build AI-powered applications too has been a focus area for MongoDB, leading it to incorporate the Vector Search function within its platform.“We give one unified platform,” Chawla said, for developers to work with any kind of application, any kind of use case, any kind of data. Vector Search now makes it easy for developers who are developing an application but want to build some AI/ML into it, he added.

MongoDB has 45,000 customers globally, with 3,100 from India. The firm says it is growing at about 2.5 customers per day in India.

“India is kind of the centre of the world when it comes to developers,” said Matt Asay, vice president, developer relations, MongoDB. “For us, it’s critical that we figure out – and things like the MongoDB for Academia programme are ways that we’re doing it – how do we help these developers be more productive faster, with our technology.”

The skilling programme will involve giving students and educators access to hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of MongoDB Atlas credits, free MongoDB certification, free curriculum resources, and access to the MongoDB PhD Fellowship Programme.

“This is, to my knowledge, the first time that we have, in a big, systematic, country level, worked to enable that country’s students to become proficient with MongoDB,” said Asay.

The institutions to be identified would be a mixture, from the biggest universities in India to smaller technical institutes.

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