Google announces Rs 75,000 cr India digitisation fund, CEO Sundar Pichai speaks with PM Modi

Google CEO Sundar Pichai delivered a keynote speech at Google India event in New Delhi on 16th dec. 2015 Express photo by Renuka Puri.

In a massive boost to India’s digitization movement, Google CEo Sundar Pichai today announced a Rs 75,000 crore corpus for the country. Addressing the Google For India 2020 event, Pichai reiterated Googl’es resolve to be a partner in India’s digital growth story.

 The announcement came close on the heels of Pichai’s meeting with PM Narendra Modi where they discussed the path of revival in the post COVID-19 era. Attracting FDI, leveraging technology to transform the lives of farmers, students and entrepreneurs. PM Modi put out a series of tweets to highlight the key talking points of this engaging discussion. They also talked at length about the new work culture that is emerging as the new normal in times of COVID-19.

 

PM Modi and Sundar Pichai also discussed the challenges the global pandemic has brought to areas such as sports and focused in detail on the importance of data security and cyber safety.

Holding out the promise for a meaningful association with India, Pichai also warmly reciprocated PM’s tweet.

 Later, speaking at the Pichai hailed PM Modi’s vision for a digital India and described Google as a strong partner in India’s digital story.

Announcing the “Google For India Fund” to the tune of Rs 75,000 crore, Pichai said this will be rolled out over next 5-7 years. The Fund will primarily focus on innovations aimed at affordable access to every Indian in his or her own language, building new products and services, empowering businesses and leveraging AI in areas off social welfare and health.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi with Shri Satya Nadella, Shri Sundar Pichai and others, at the stage for Digital India Dinner, in San Jose, California on September 26, 2015.

Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad thanked Google for its active role in transforming the face of digitisation in India.

 “Am very happy that Google is recognizing India’s digital potential. It is a recognition of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. India’s latent digital potential, digital skilling holds out promise. The new fund will help start ups and making new digital products. We will not download apps but upload apps. We will set up one lakh digital villages across the country and Google’s partnership will go a long way to meet our objective of digital clusters,” he said.

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