Google Announces Free Android Skilling And Certification Program

A few days ago google launched a website “Google CS education” to make people aware of computer science and programming. In addition to the google’s efforts, Google India Yesterday launched the Android Skilling program in the country that will aim to train around two million Android app developers.

The Android Fundamentals course will be available worldwide, free of charge, on NPTEL (an initiative of the IITs and IISc) as part of its online Mobile Computing course starting 18th July 2016.

This Android Skilling program will unveil a slew of initiatives to skill, educate, and certify millions of students and Android Developers.

Google announced the launch of a specially designed instructor-led training program on Android Fundamentals. This will be made available across public, private universities and training institutes of the National Skill Development Corporation of India.

This will be totally free of cost and the in-person training module integrated into the course curriculum will be introduced within this calendar year at no additional fee.

Additionally, Google has tied up with training partners like Edureka, Koenig, Manipal Global, Simplilearn, Udacity and UpGrad who will operate as Authorised Android Training Partners in India.

Google will train their trainers and update their Android courseware to prepare students for the Android Certification and a career in Android development.

Speaking at the launch, Caesar Sengupta, VP, Product Management at Google said, “India is expected to have the largest developer population globally, overtaking the US, by 2018, with four million developers. But today only 25 per cent of developers are building for mobile.

By building a world-class curriculum and making it easily accessible to millions of students and developers in India, we want to contribute to the Skill India initiative and help make India the global leader in mobile app development.”

Google also announced the launch of its globally recognised job-oriented Associate Android Developer Certification—a performance-based exam that will help successful candidates to get an entry-level Android Developer jobs in the Industry. After training, aspiring candidates can log on to the Google Developer training website and take the certification exam priced at Rs 6,500.


Meet Parisa Tabriz, The Secret Weapon And Security Princess Who Keeps Google Safe And Sound

  1. Parisa Tabriz is a ‘white hat’ hacker. That means she is paid top dollar to hack into Google’s systems as a Google employee.

  2. And because Google is the most popular entity on the Internet, it gets a lot of attention from the mischevious people. Parisa Tabriz makes sure that Google is never compromised.

  3. Tabriz calls herself a ‘security princess’ and runs the group of Resident Hackers.

  4. Tabriz encourages women and even college students to take up programming. She emphasises that you don’t need to start programming as a kid to become the best in it.

  5. In 2012, she was named ‘Top 30 under 30’ people to watch in the Technology Industry by Forbes. Despite her tough job and important profile, she manages to chill out very well.

    Sources – Wired, The Telegraph

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​ZABBIX – An Open Source Network Monitoring Tool

Zabbix is open source network software that provides agents to monitor remote hosts and includes support for monitoring via SNMP, TCP and ICMP checks. It offers real-time monitoring of thousands of metrics collected from servers, virtual machines and any other kind of networking device. Its capability ranges from monitoring the traffic in the network to tracking how much ink is left in your printer. It also offers excellent reporting and data visualisation features based on the stored data.

Zabbix was created by Alexei Vladishev and is currently being actively developed and supported by Zabbix SIA.

An overview of Zabbix
Zabbix uses the client-server architecture and a small agent on the monitored client to gather data and send it to the Zabbix server. Zabbix version 3 supports encrypted communication between the server and connected clients, so that data is protected while it travels over insecure networks.
Zabbix consists of several major software components. These components and their features are outlined below.

Server: The Zabbix server is the central component to which agents report availability and integrity information and statistics. The server is the central repository in which all configuration, statistical and operational data is stored.

Database storage: All configuration information as well as the data gathered by Zabbix is stored in a database.

Web interface: For easy access to Zabbix from anywhere and from any platform, a Web based interface is provided. The interface is part of the Zabbix server and usually (but not necessarily) runs on the same physical machine as the one running the server.

Proxy: The Zabbix proxy can collect performance and availability data on behalf of the Zabbix server. A proxy is an optional part of the Zabbix deployment; however, deploying it may be very beneficial to distribute the load of a single Zabbix server.

Agent: Zabbix agents are deployed on monitoring targets to actively track local resources and applications, and report the gathered data to the Zabbix server.

Zabbix features

Zabbix is a highly integrated network monitoring solution, with an array of features in a single package. Listed below are some of its features:
1. Data gathering
2. Real-time graphing
3. Web monitoring
4. Network discovery
5. Audit logging
6. Easy configuration
7. Agent-less monitoring
8. Web interface
9. Extensive visualisation options
10. JMX monitoring

Configuring Zabbix

There are primarily four ways of getting Zabbix on your system:
1. Installing it from distribution packages.
2. Downloading the latest source archive and compiling it yourself.
3. Installing it from the containers.
4. Downloading the virtual appliance.


Memory: Zabbix requires both physical and disk memory. A minimum of 128MB of physical memory and 256MB of disk memory are required to start it.
CPU: Zabbix, especially the database, may require significant CPU resources depending on the number of monitored parameters and the chosen database engine.

Zabbix can easily be run on a number of operating systems like:

  • Linux
  • FreeBSD
  • NetBSD
  • OpenBSD
  • Mac OS
  • Solaris
  • Windows

Zabbix version releases

The first public version of Zabbix was released in 2001 and was called Zabbix 1.0alpha1. But the first stable version 1.0 was released in 2004. After this, a new stable release came out every one-and-a-half years. The latest Zabbix 3.2.3 version was released on December 21, 2016. The release date of various versions can be obtained from the Zabbix website.


Neetesh Mehrotra

The author works at TCS as a systems engineer. His areas of interest are Java development and automation testing. He can be contacted

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8 Free And Open Source Simulator Software For Engineers!

Your hunt for free and open source circuit and logic simulator software ends here. Here’s bringing an assorted list of software from the world of FOSS to help you out!


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Supported OS: Windows

License: Freeware

CEDAR LS is an interactive digital logic simulator to be used for teaching of logic design or testing simple digital designs. It features both low-level logic gates as well as high-level components, including registers and a Z80 microprocessor emulater

2. Logisim

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Supported OS: Windows, Linux

License: Freeware

Logisim is an educational tool for designing and simulating digital logic circuits. With its simple toolbar interface and simulation of circuits as you build them, it is simple enough to facilitate learning the most basic concepts related to logic circuits.

3. FreeMat

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Supported OS: Windows, Linux

License: GPL

FreeMat is a free environment for rapid engineering and scientific prototyping and data processing. It is similar to commercial systems such as MATLAB from Mathworks, and IDL from Research Systems, but is Open Source. FreeMat is available under the GPL license.

4. Logic Gate Simulator

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Supported OS: Windows

License: GPL

Logic Gate Simulator is an open-source tool for experimenting with and learning about logic gates. Features include drag-and-drop gate layout and wiring, and user created “integrated circuits”.

5. Maxima

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Supported OS: Windows

License: GPL

Maxima is a fairly complete computer algebra system written in Common Lisp with an emphasis on symbolic computation.

6. Ngspice

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Supported OS: Windows, Linux

License: GPL

Ngspice is a mixed-level/mixed-signal circuit simulator. Its code is based on three open source software packages: Spice3f5, Cider1b1 and Xspice. Ngspice is part of gEDA project, a full GPL’d suite of Electronic Design Automation tools.

7. Qfsm

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Supported OS: Windows, Linux

License: GPL

A graphical tool for designing finite state machines

8. QSapecNG

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Supported OS: Windows

License: GPL

QSapecNG is a Qt-based symbolic analysis program for linear analog circuits. In fact, it consists of two indipendently parts: the SapecNG framework engine, and the application gui QSapecNG.

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More and more Indian IT engineers are under-skilled, unwanted, and unemployed

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April 21, 2017

These are difficult days for Indian techies, and it’s not going to get much better.

On April 21, reports suggested that Wipro, India’s third-largest information technology (IT) company, has laid off up to 600 employees. Meanwhile, US-based Cognizant is reportedly considering laying off 6,000 in India, where the bulk of its workforce is stationed. Earlier this year, Infosys, the country’s second-largest IT firm,acknowledged that it was “releasing” nearly 2,000 employees every quarter, and cutting back on recruitment.

And this may be only the beginning of the bloodbath.

For some time now, the $150-billion Indian IT industry, which directly and indirectly employs some 10 million people, has been bracing for a crisis. India could lose 640,000 low-skilled jobs in the industry by 2021, HfS Research, which analyses business operations and IT services, had warned in 2016. This was mainly because non-customer facing positions such as IT support jobs would likely be automated.

In a February 2017 study, consulting firm McKinsey estimated that about half of the 3.9 million employees of Indian IT services companies would become “irrelevant” within the next four years, again thanks to automation. And NASSCOM, the Indian IT industry’s trade lobby, also expects at least a 20% reduction in jobs available in the sector over the next three years.

“We are looking at re-skilling one million people because new technologies are reshaping the job market,” Sangeeta Gupta, senior vice-president at NASSCOM, told Moneycontrol News. “While the industry will remain a net hirer, the pace of job creation has come down.”

But re-skilling at that scale is easier said than done. Some 65% of the workforce in the sector just cannot be re-trained, reckoned Srinivas Kandula, head of French IT company Capgemini’s Indian operations. “Probably, India will witness the largest unemployment in the middle level to senior level,” Kandula, who has around 100,000 employees in the country, said at a NASSCOM event in February.

It’s not that new jobs won’t be created as the IT sector transforms. The problem is that Indian engineers, many of whom graduate from sub-standard institutions, are woefully under-skilled to partake in this new technology ecosystem. A recent study of over 36,000 Indian engineeringstudents found that only 4.77% met the minimum requirement for a computer programming job.

If that’s the basic standard, finding candidates who can navigate the world of automation and artificial intelligence is a long shot. “Generic coding skills are going out of fashion now. You are required to be adept at data science, machine learning, cyber security…But there are zero people formally trained in these things,” Prasar Sharma, director for emerging technologies at Mumbai’s SP Jain School of High Technology, told the Financial Times newspaper.

Then there’s the fact that key regions for the Indian IT industry, from Singapore to the US, have been increasingly shutting the door on Indian engineers, further stymieing employment opportunities.

Oddly, many young professionals don’t seem quite bothered by the chaos. Over 80% of the individuals aged between 21 years and 24 years who were surveyed by education technology firmTalentedge remained confident of retaining their jobs despite automation. But inside the landscaped campuses of many Indian IT firms, the reality is rather different.

Everywhere Indian engineers are unwanted

Source: Quartz India

April 20, 2017

Here’s a look at some of the windows of opportunity that are being shuttered.

The “America first” fever

On April 18, Trump signed an executive order to overhaul America’s H-1B program, which allows foreign employees to work in the US for up to six years.

Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” directive will force Indian IT firms—the top sponsors of visas from India—to rethink their recruitment models. Industry bigwigs like Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), and Wipro, have been prepping for these restrictive measures for nearly a decade now with the knowledge that ramping up local hiring amidst America’s chronic skills shortage could prove to be a challenge.

Amid the winds of uncertainty that have been raging since Trump’s elections, many Indians in the US have been looking to return home. This year, for the first time in five years, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) saw a decline in the number of H-1B applicants. Simultaneously, the number of Indians in the US searching for jobs in India has gone up more than 10-fold between December and March, according to an analysis by consulting firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, shared exclusively with Mint. In the last month of 2016, approximately 600 US-based Indians were seeking jobs in India. By the end of last month, there were around 7,000.

Clampdown in the UK

The UK is increasingly less hospitable for Indian students and workers alike.

In 2012, the country abolished its post-study work visa that let fresh graduates remain in the country for two years, so all those who did not graduate with a job in hand had to pack their bags and leave. The government also raised the maintenance funds (living expenses) a student needed to have in their bank accounts by 24% in 2015, shutting out some of the internal student population because of the ballooning cost. Between 2014 and 2015, the number of first-year Indians enrolling in UK universities dropped 10%from 11,270 to 10,125.

Indian workers, who hold nearly 60% of the skilled foreign worker visas in the UK, faced similar woes as the country raised the salary threshold for different visas and added new English language requirements. Under the new rules, Tier 2 short-term intra-company transfers—the provision under which Indian tech companies typically take their workers to the UK—would be discontinued. This change went into effect on April 6.

Although British Chancellor Phillip Hammondassured India that efforts to shrink migration of less-skilled labour would not impact India adversely, that did not hold true. At least 30,000 Indian software professionals currently working in the UK will not have their work permits renewed, India’s National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) told The Hindu Business Line.

Singapore’s quiet retreat

The 5.6-million-strong island nation of Singapore has upped the resistance against Indian techies in recent years. In order to make sure that companies have a “Singapore core,” and to address concerns about overpopulation, officials have been “shutting the tap down” on Indian workers, according to Nasscom.

In 2015, Singapore adopted the Fair Consideration Framework to ensure employers are considering Singaporeans for vacancies. It requires, among other things, that an employer with over 25 employees advertise a vacancy for two weeks before applying for an employment pass for an international worker. Singaporean authorities are also reportedly asking Indian tech companies based in the region to carry out labor market testing, which Nasscom says violates the 2005 economic cooperation agreement between the two countries. Other measures to curb foreign worker populations include raising the bar for salaries and English proficiency.

Before these recent efforts, Indian tech companies were awarded between 5,000 and 10,000 work permits each year. Recently, the total population of Indian techies in Singapore has shriveled to under 10,000, NDTV reported. Applications—which typically took two to four weeks to process—have been held up for months, Nasscom said.

Putting Australians first

On April 18, the same day as president Trump’s announcement, Australia abolished its 457 visa, which allowed employers to sponsor skilled foreign talent to work in the country for up to four years. The largest proportion—roughly a quarter—of these visas are held by Indians. This comes a year after the government set limits onwhich types of occupations that outsiders could apply for under the visa.

“We will no longer allow 457 visas to be passports to jobs that could and should go to Australians,” prime minister Malcolm Turnbull announced in a Facebook video.

Australia is replacing the 457 visa with two new types of temporary visas—one that lasts two years and another that lasts four. The criteria to acquire these visas are getting tougher: applicants will have to demonstrate previous work experience and a high level of English language proficiency. To make sure that locals get a fair shake, Australia will also mandate labor market testingwherein employers must first attempt to find an Australian citizen or permanent resident for a job role, before hiring an international worker.

A survey revealed that more than 70% of the 457 visa holders said they planned to apply (pdf) for permanent citizenship. The 90,000 temporary workers currently in the country won’t be affected. Plans for those who had wished to live and work in Australia in the future, however, have been foiled.

New Zealand shuts the door

A day after Australia’s announcement, its next door neighbor New Zealand also blocked foreign workers in a bid to put Kiwis first.

The overhaul of the visa program aims to alleviate concerns about housing shortages, road congestion, and overcrowding in major cities, the Guardian reported. “It’s important that our immigration settings are attracting the right people, with the right skills, to help fill genuine skill shortages and contribute to our growing economy,” immigration minister Michael Woodhouse said. To qualify as high-skilled labor, workers will have to earn at least 150% of the median income.

The rising nationalism is going to cost Indians deeply. They have consistently been in among thetop three sources of migrants to New Zealand over the last decade, coming in first since 2014. Indians are also the second-largest and fastest-growing international student population in New Zealand but with job prospects dimming due to visa constraints, the trend might come to a halt.