At an event in New Delhi, Samsung India and the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Government of India, today signed an agreement to open MSME-Samsung Digital Academy, to offer young students a skill development course based on the Tizen OS platform developed by Samsung.
As per the MoU signed by Mr. Amarendra Sinha, Special Secretary & Development Commissioner, MSME and Mr. HyunWoo Bang, Senior Vice President, Samsung India Electronics, Digital Academy course will be offered in collaboration with the Ministry to train youth to develop apps that run on the Tizen OS across a multitude of devices such as smartphones, televisions and tablets.
The aim of Samsung Digital Academy is to create a pool of trained youth who can leverage the software development and testing opportunities presented by innovative digital technologies based on the Tizen OS. The initial course will cover topics such as an introduction to the Tizen platform, the Tizen app development process, testing and debugging, device Application Program Interface (APIs) as well as packaging and installation of designed apps on various devices. Students will also be trained on how to migrate existing apps on to the Tizen platform. The curriculum will be developed by Samsung Research Institutes in Delhi and Bengaluru. Samsung will also provide the Tizen Software Development Kit (SDK) as well as Samsung Z1 phones for testing purposes.
Tizen is an open and adaptable platform offering multi-application capability across a wide range of devices, including smartphones, tablets and TVs. Samsung’s first Tizen-based smartphone, the Samsung Z1, was launched in India earlier this year.
In its first phase, the Samsung Digital Academy will be rolled out across the 10 MSME-Samsung Technical Schools which have been set up by Samsung and Ministry of MSME following an MoU in August 2014. Each of these schools will run a four-week long course in batches of 30 students. The program will eventually be scaled up to include 68 other MSME Technical Centres across the country, as well as Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), and other key institutes of technical education and engineering in India.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr. HC Hong, President & CEO, Samsung India Electronics, said, “India is increasingly emerging as a key player in the development of next-generation technology ecosystems. Through the Samsung Digital Academy, we are looking to take this to the next level by creating an inclusive environment to help young India leverage the growing digital technologies market. We are pleased that through our collaboration with the Ministry of MSME, Samsung Digital Academy will also contribute to India’s skill development mission from a digital perspective. We hope that many young students utilise this opportunity and be part of the development of an exciting, new era in smart devices that will shape the future.”
Speaking on the occasion, Honb’le Union Minister for MSME, Shri Kalraj Mishra, said this initiative of Samsung and his ministry is a step in right direction of achieving success for Make in India dream of our honorable Prime Minister.