Google for India Event: Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Google held its 6th Google for India event today at 2 pm. The event was focused on the digitalization of India and to help adapt to the current COVID-19 pandemic by embracing digitalization.

Over the 6 months, Google has introduced many innovative features like G-Pay which has helped to donate over ₹120 crore to the PM Cares Fund within a few weeks and provided us with credible information about COVID-19 to help us stay safe.

Google had services like Google Meet, Google Classroom, Read-Along, and YouTube Learning which has allowed children to learn even during these tough times. The Weather prediction feature of Google AI can warn both the communities and the disaster management groups 12 – 24 hours before, thus helping us prevent disasters like the 2015 Chennai Floods. Google partnered with the Indian Medical Association and MyGov to surface 600 COVID testing sites across 255 cities.

Sanjay Gupta, Country Head and Vice President, Google India said that their mission was to make the internet helpful for a billion Indians and Empower India to become a leading digital economy

To Know about all the details of the Goggle in India Event, you can check the video down below!

Key Highlights

Google for India Digitization Fund

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google announced the Google for India Digitization Fund through which Google will invest ₹75,000 Crore or approximately USD $10 Billion in India for 5-7 years, through the mix of equity investments, partnerships and infrastructural and ecosystem investments.

This investment is to help India in its journey towards digitalization. Pichai also stated, “It’s a reflection of our confidence in the future in India and its digital economy.”

Google CEO Sundar Pichai noted that Google would focus on 4 main aspects crucial for India’s digitization which are:

  • Enabling affordable access to information in all languages
  • Building products and services relevant to India’s unique needs 
  • Empowering small businesses as they continue to embark for their digitalization
  • Leveraging ai for social good in areas like health care, agriculture, education etc.

Moreover, Ravi Shankar Prasad,, Minister of Communications, Electronics and Information Technology and Law and Justice, Government of India expressed his pleasure for Google investing in India to build a Digital India. Google held its 6th Google for India event today at 2 pm. 

Read: Google announces $ 10 Billion Digitization Fund for India

Google’s partnership with CBSE

One of the other key announcements was the partnership of Google with CBSE.

Google is all set to partner with CBSE to provide quality education by enabling 1 Million Teachers in 22,000+ Schools across India, using various e-learning software from Google like Google Classroom, Google Meet etc.

In addition to this Google has also announced a new grant of US $1M for the underprivileged students through the global distance learning fund.

Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Honorable Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India appreciated Google for helping Indian education and digitalization.

Read: Google Partners with CBSE | Announces US $1M Grant

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