PM Narendra Modi shares details of conversation with Sundar Pichai

PM Narendra Modi shares details of conversation with Sundar Pichai

Alphabet, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has announced that his company - Google will invest a whopping $10 billion into developing infrastructure and funding digital innovation in India over the next five to seven years.

During the keynote, Pichai announced the Google for India Digitization Fund with an investment of Rs. 75,000 crore. Investments will focus on four key areas of India's digitisation, he said.

- and leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) in health, education, and agriculture.

Ahead of the announcement, Pichai held a video-conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss Google's ideas for India's digital future. The huge investment will also help local businesses to move towards digital transformation. Today, we are recommitting ourselves to partner deeply and support India in becoming a truly digital nation by making the Internet helpful for a billion Indians and empowering India to become a leading digital economy, ' he added. He said that more than 26 million small and medium-sized businesses in India are now discoverable on Google's products Search and Maps.

"There is vast scope for Google to deploy artificial intelligence and undertake new initiatives in the field of agriculture, weather prediction, healthcare in the wake of Covid-19 challenges and most importantly in digital education", Prasad said. After that, a $1 Million Grant through Global Distancing fund for helping teachers to deliver virtual education for students was also announced.

"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.

This will combine the classroom approach with online learning using free tools like G-Suite For Education, Google Classroom, YouTube, and more.

The tech giant also announced an additional investment of $1 million into Kaivalya Education Foundation to train 700,000 teachers on online education to impart knowledge to children in low income communities in India.

Earlier in the day, PM Modi, in a Twitter post, said, "This morning, had an extremely fruitful interaction with @sundarpichai".

He also said they also spoke on the change in the work culture "emerging in the times of COVID-19".

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