Welcome to the
GDC Software Engineering

GDC Engineering Fellowship is a national programme to identify the top Indian students for an industry-led full-stack internship on open-source create digital public goods.

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Everything you
need to know

What is this?

Industry-led advanced programming training for students.


To train you to volunteer and contribute open-source code for Open Healthcare Network and other new digital public goods.

Who is this for?

Must be a current undergraduate or postgraduate student in any course at a higher education institution in India and within the age group 18-25. You should have written at least some amount of code yourselves before, either on personal projects or college projects.


6 month internship with eGovernment Foundation thereafter for successful candidates.


240 hours of highly enjoyable study & programming. You just have to dedicate 10 hours a week throughout the total duration of internship (24 Weeks).


Remote Internships


Weekly sessions with mentors and fellow students, AMAs with industry veterans, code reviews, and dedicated Q&A forum.


Python, Django, React, Typescript. Relax! You'll learn all these in the internship and no prior knowledge of them is required.


A National Fellowship Certificate is issued by All India Council for Technical Education and Industry for graduates.



Why should I apply early?

The admissions are on a rolling basis, and might close earlier if the seats are filled for the batch.

Build real-world, modern web apps.

Create open-source software.

Practical lessons drawn from 15+ years of industry experience.

Learn Typed Functional Programming

Contribute to create digital public goods

An initiative
supported by

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Prof Anil Sahasrabudhe

Chairman, National Educational Technology Forum

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Mekin Maheshwari

Founder, Udhyam.org
ex-CTO, Flipkart

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Srikanth Nadhamuni

Founding CTO, Aadhaar

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Pramod Varma

Chief Architect, Aadhaar & IndiaStack

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Prasad Menon

Ex CHRO, Cleartrip

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Sanjay Vijayakumar

Prime Minister’s Champion of Change (Education)


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* Stats as of November 16th, 2021

We are now looking to select the brightest student developers in India for a 14 week industry led internship programme.

Students who are selected shall get a semester-long remote internship with eGov Foundation/Other DPS's to contribute open source code to further develop digital public good's.

Coaching from industry programmers

This is an industry-backed programme and it will prepare you for a career in building production software. This reflects in what you will learn, and how you will learn it. Each of your code changes will be reviewed in depth by a senior engineer and your code will get kind, courteous feedback. You will gain hard-earned insights about abstraction boundaries, data modelling, layering, and program design.

Ask Me Anything (AMA) with devs, designers, and founders

You will hear experience reports from people in the industry. There will be no long, boring introductions; instead you will hear raw stories of how folks got started, what they’d advice their younger selves, and how the industry works today. The best things about these AMAs are the free-wheeling question and answer session where you talk with the speakers about the most pressing questions in your mind.

Fellowship with a small group of students from across the country

You will team up with the best students of your age from across the country. You will learn to collaborate with them through git, GitHub and the pull request workflow. You will have access to a forum for discussions as well as a exclusive Slack Community for conversations. There will be a kind and respectful code of conduct to make the experience welcoming for everyone.


You will learn a host of practical skills that will help you in kick starting your career and some lessons that will stay with you even long after.


  • Learn industry standard practices for programming and product development.
  • Learn the advanced concepts of web development.
  • Strengthen Python and Typescript skills.
  • Develop in-depth knowledge of Databases and how to operate them.
  • Fundamentals of React, Typescript, and the Django Framework.
  • Understanding and Building modern applications with the Django Web Framework.
  • Basics of Deployment and Scaling Web Applications.

Skills Required

A basic knowledge of any programming language is required, preferably Python. Prior experience in HTML, CSS, JavaScript is also prefered but not mandatory.

This programme assumes that you have a development environment with a stable internet connection. Linux/MacOS/Windows on WSL is preferred.

Above all, you need to have a strong will to learn new programming skills.

GDC Software Engineering Fellows - Class of 2021

In Jan 2021, 50,482 students applied for the GDC Software Engineering Division. Out of this 24 students were selected and completed the training programme. 14 students went on to successfully complete the six month internship and have been awarded the GDC fellowship.

These 14 students worked on remote internships with Coronasafe Network , working on various projects like CARE, ARIKE and LIFE. Students were supported by stipends from AICTE.

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Abhinandan Arya

Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College

University of Delhi

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Apurva Nagar

New Horizon College Of Engineering

Visvesvaraya Technological University

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Amit Kumar

National Institute of Engineering

Visvesvaraya Technological University

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Arpan Abhishek

CMR Institute of Technology

Visvesvaraya Technological University

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Divya Garg

University Maharani College

University of Rajasthan

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Karan Sanjeev Nair

KCG College of Technology

Anna University

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Khavin Shankar G

SRM Institute of Science and Technology

SRM University

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Peeyush Goyal

University Insititute of Engineering and Technology

Panjab University

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Pradipta Ghoshal

College of Engineering and Management

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology

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Samyuktha Ganeshkumar

Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering

Anna University

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Sandra Kakkarayil Jayakumar

College of Engineering Trivandrum

APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University

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Shailesh Aanand

Birsa Institute of Technology

Vinoba Bhave University

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Shri Hari L

Bannari Amman Institute of Technology

Anna University

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Swapnil Jagtap

Pune Institute of Computer Technology

Savitribai Phule Pune University


Shailesh Aanand

Birsa Institute of Technology

Vinoba Bhave University

I came to know about the fellowship opportunity from my professors. The course seemed promising as I had some knowledge about Frontend Development, but this seemed like a good chance to dive deeper. Apart from the interesting and well-paced course, what's really inspiring is the constant help and support from the mentors round the clock. After the course, I felt much more confident as a Full Stack Web Developer.
The course was followed by a 6 month internship. I had the chance to work on industry-level projects and contributed to various Covid-19 related projects that helped the government of Kerala and 4 other states to combat the ongoing pandemic. Thus, apart from the fact that it helped me gain experience, it filled me with immense satisfaction for helping out others in times of need. It was an inspiring and encouraging push for my career and I feel grateful for it."

Swapnil Jagtap

Pune Institute of Computer Technology

Savitribai Phule Pune University

I began my software engineer journey during the covid pandemic. I discovered an interest in Web improvement. I learned concepts of Javascript, React environment, MongoDb and NodeJs. However, I want to get my hands dirty, and I want to work on real-world projects. I got an email from the school about the CoronaSafe Network and I quickly applied. After finishing the assignment I got chosen for the interview. As it was my first interview I was very nervous. Jasim took my interview and he was excessively amicable to the point that I forgot It was the interview. On 14 Jan, the selected student list was announced and I was stunned! I got chosen for the fellowship. Out of 50,000+applicants, only 24 students were selected and I was one of them.
After smooth onboarding, we began to work on the ARIKE project. Sharing your ideas with team members and understanding other's opinions is only possible if you work in a team environment. I learned the software development process, how to organize your code, got real-world experience of Typescript and React projects. I learned to optimize code and much more. The main thing I like about fellowship is you don't have to compromise your academics. This is what I was expecting from the fellowship. Coronsafe Fellowship was above my expectations.
Coronasafe Engineering Fellowship is one of the best things that happened to my software developer journey. Smooth onboarding, friendly mentors, everything is just perfect. It was a nice experience working with industry experts.

Samyuktha Ganeshkumar

Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering

Anna University

Before joining the fellowship, all I knew was to code in a few languages but if asked to develop an entire web app on my own, I would have probably passed on the opportunity. Even with so many tutorials online, I often get confused about where to start and what topics are worth learning. That is when I chanced upon this fellowship and decided to give it a shot. I saw the coding assignment given to us as an opportunity to build a project for my Github profile and I even took the risk of coding in a language that I had only learnt for three months then. One thing led to the other and I am super grateful to have been selected for this fellowship! The 10-week training that we had, opened me up to the world of web development which I probably would not have explored without the motivation and sense of community I experienced from my mentors and peers.
With a well-defined curriculum, we were encouraged to ask doubts no matter how small they were and I loved how we were pushed to explore concepts beyond the material given. Pointers on how programming in the tech industry should be done were immensely helpful and have changed the way I think while writing code. My first ever web app and first-ever pull request for an open-source project are only a few of many opportunities that this fellowship has created for me and I couldn't have asked for more!

For the best minds in
each generation

We are looking for students who have both the passion and self motivation to do exemplary work that shall stand out in their academic life. Outstanding services are recognized through the fellowship certificate jointly issued by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Ministry of Education and Pupilfirst.org


Rolling Admissions

All incoming entries are evaluated on a first come first serve basis and if there are enough qualified applicants, the application process would close earlier. We encourage you to apply early if you are interested in being a part of this fellowship program.

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GDC Software Engineering Fellowship!

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