A state-run program offering a $30 000 scholarship to students in the field of computer science has been launched by the Indian government.
Indian IT and IT-related companies such as Infosys and Cognizant have been awarded contracts to provide computer systems for schools in India, where the government has been promoting digital literacy among its students.
The scholarships are being offered through the Department of Computer Science and Technology (DCT), which is part of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
It said the government will make grants to schools for use of their IT and internet infrastructure to train students in computer science.
Students participating in the program will receive a scholarship for the first year, followed by a further scholarship for a further three years.
“It is a major initiative by the government to develop the IT and technology sector of India,” said an official from the department.
Cognizant, which has offices in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad is the first firm to be awarded a contract.
Under the programme, students will be able to study at a university in India and have the chance to work in the IT industry in their native language, which can be English or Hindi.
A total of 15,000 students have been chosen so far, said the official.
About 100,000 Indians have signed up to the programme so far.
India is home to a vast and rapidly expanding IT industry.
It is also the world’s largest digital market and has become the first country in the world to introduce digital certificates for students.
The programme aims to help students with the most difficult subjects.
Last year, about $2.8 billion was spent on IT projects in India.