India, July 18, 2023: Next Education, a leading, technology-driven company revolutionising the K-12 education sector in India, has collaborated with Acacia University, USA, to launch the ambitious ‘Million Coders’ Scholarship Program. This partnership aims to empower one million young people around the world with Python programming skills. This will enable them to succeed in booming fields like digital transformation, artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics, blockchain, and web 3.0.

The ‘Million Coders’ initiative, driven by Next Education and reinforced by Acacia University’s academic excellence, aims to equip young people in 25 countries with essential AI skills, preparing them for a prosperous future in the ever-evolving tech industry. As the demand for AI professionals continues to grow, with an estimated creation of 97 million jobs by 2030, this program aims to break down barriers to employment and provide opportunities for young individuals to thrive in the workforce.

With a remarkable reach of over 12 million students across 18,000 partner schools, Next Education has been at the forefront of transforming the Indian education system since its establishment in 2007. Acacia University, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is renowned for its commitment to providing accessible and quality education to a diverse global learning community through online and distance learning.

Beas Dev Ralhan, Co-Founder & CEO, Next Education (1)

Beas Dev Ralhan, CEO, Next Education, said, “The ‘Million Coders’ Scholarship Program, in collaboration with Acacia University, focuses on empowering one million young individuals worldwide with vital Python programming skills. Python’s clear benefits and its position as one of the leading programming languages globally have made it crucial for the job market. Through this strategic partnership, we aim to remove employment barriers and equip young people with the necessary skills to succeed in the ever-evolving tech industry. Together, we are shaping a generation that will thrive in the digital age.”

Dr. Maurey Bond, Vice President – Growth, Acacia University, said, “Acacia University is proud to partner with Next Education in launching the ‘Million Coders’ initiative, dedicated to equipping a million young individuals with the essential technical skills required for success in the 21st century. This transformative program acknowledges the pivotal role of technology in the global economy and strives to empower young people with the in-demand skills sought by employers worldwide. Together we aim to extend the program to schools and educational institutions. By providing access to these valuable skills, the initiative seeks to eliminate barriers to employment and create abundant opportunities for young individuals to excel in the workforce.”

The Million Coders program offers a comprehensive range of benefits to participants, including free Python classes, flexible learning through recorded sessions, immersive project-based learning experiences, and opportunities to transform ideas into tangible technological projects. Additionally, the program encourages competitive learning through an annual online competition, offering participants a chance to win an impressive prize of $20,000 for exceptional projects.

Participants in the program will also receive a prestigious Blockchain Certificate from Acacia University, significantly enhancing their academic portfolio and positioning them as valuable assets for the industry of the future.