Google to invest Rs 75,000 crore to boost digitisation in India

PM Modi holds virtual meeting with Google CEO Sundar Pichai

Google will invest Rs 75,000 crore to accelerate India’s digital economy, announces Sundar Pichai

In a virtual address, Pichai - who was born and raised in Madurai before moving to the USA to attend Stanford University - announced that Google India would be getting ₹75,000 crore (roughly US$10 billion) over the next 5-7 years as part of its newly set up Google for India Digitization Fund.

Moreover, Google also said that Android has contributed to 1.6 Million jobs in India according to an ICEA report.

The investments will focus on four areas important to India's digitization that includes enabling affordable access and information for every Indian in their own language, whether it's Hindi, Tamil, Punjabi or any other.

CEO Pichai was speaking at the sixth edition of Google for India conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, where various steps to be initiated by the tech giant such as expanding the scope of digital payments using Google Pay and developing low-priced smartphones to transition feature phone users into smartphone users were also announced.

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The announcements came at the sixth edition of Google for India event, which was organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Google's efforts in India have deepened our understanding of how technology can be helpful to different types of people.

"Today, India's app economy is growing very powerfully, but we must not just download apps".

Google, which launched in India in 2004, has also successfully rolled out several of its services like Google Pay and literacy programme Internet Sathi in the country.

Google also announced new initiatives as part of its ongoing efforts towards the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. "Working together we can ensure that our best days are still ahead". Cashing in on the popularity and wider reach of the public broadcaster, Google will be launching an edutainment series on Doordarshan on how small businesses can adopt digital tools and adapt to the current situation, using examples of real life Indian businesses. After that, a $1 Million Grant through Global Distancing fund for helping teachers to deliver virtual education for students was also announced.

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The investments will be done through a so-called digitisation fund, highlighting Google's focus on the rapid pace of growth of apps and software platforms in India, one of the world's biggest internet services markets.

"When I was young, every new piece of technology brought new opportunities to learn and grow".

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

In a year when the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examinations were interrupted due to COVID-19, the pass percentage of Class 12 students was 5% higher than the previous year, with 88.8% of students passing the exam in comparison to 83.4% in 2019.

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