Google for India 2020. Google to Invest Rs 75,000cr in India Announces Partnership with CBSE to Help Students, Teachers to boost the digital economy. The announcement was made by Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai who delivered the keynote address at the event.
Training of 1 million Teachers:
USD 1 Million Investments to Train Students for Virtual Education. On the ‘Teach from Home’ front, Google India has announced that it will be investing USD 1 Million in the Kaivalya Education Foundation.
This fund will be used by the foundation to train over 7, 00,000 teachers to provide virtual education to students who are from low-income communities. India-born Pichai, who held a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday morning, made the announcement at the annual ‘Google for India’ event via video conference.
Earlier, the Prime Minister tweeted:
“This morning, had an extremely fruitful interaction with @sundarpichai. We spoke on a wide range of subjects, particularly leveraging the power of technology to transform the lives of India’s farmers, youngsters, and entrepreneurs”. Pichai, who is the chief executive officer of Google’s parent Alphabet Inc, replied: “Thank you for your time, PM @narendramodi – very optimistic about your vision for Digital India and excited to continue our work towards it”.
Addressing ‘Google for India’ event, Pichai said
India’s digital journey is far from complete. “There’s still more work to do in order to make the internet affordable and useful for a billion Indians…from improving voice input and computing for all of India’s languages to inspiring and supporting a whole new generation of entrepreneurs,” he said. Pichai counted digitization of small businesses as one of the most exciting success stories and noted 26 million SMBs (small and medium-sized businesses) are now discoverable on search and maps, driving connections with more than 150 million users every month. “What are more, small merchants across the country are now equipped to accept digital payments,” Pichai said.
Ramesh Pokhriyal, Minister of Human Resource Development said:
“Google’s efforts to bring technology and thereby, knowledge and learning to students in every part of the country is commendable. The internet has emerged as a lifeline during the pandemic, which needs to be strengthened and we welcome Google’s initiatives like free access to learning resources, as well as their collaboration with CBSE to train 1 million teachers on tech-enabled education.”