Google will invest Rs. 75,000 crores (roughly $10 billion) in India over the next five to seven years,
Announced CEO Sundar Pichai at the annual Google for India event.
This is the sixth edition of Google for India, and it took place virtually owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sundar Pichai said
The funding would be provided through a mix of equity investments, partnerships, and operational, infrastructure and ecosystem investments.
“These investments will focus on four areas important to India’s digitisation,”
Sundar Pichai explained in the BLOG
The global pandemic has “supercharged the adoption of digital tools” in India.
With the latest round of funding under the Google for India Digitisation Fund,
The tech giant will focus on access to information in more Indian languages such as Hindi, Tamil, Punjabi, and more.
Alphabet-owned Google will also develop new products and services that are “relevant to India’s unique needs.”
The company added that it would support businesses to increase their digital footprint as well as leveraging AI-powered technology for social good in areas like health, education, and agriculture.
Sundar Pichai said :
About the Google for India Digitisation Fund.
“There’s still more work to do in order to make the Internet affordable and useful for a billion Indian from improving voice input and computing for all of India’s languages to inspiring and supporting a whole new generation of entrepreneurs,”
Ravi Shankar Prasad Said :
Minister of Communications, Electronics and IT,
Google is recognising the great power in India’s digital empowerment and innovation.
“India’s latent digital potential, third biggest startup movement in the world,
Extraordinary ride in electronic manufacturing are all great opportunities which need to be properly exploited for its full potential”
Google Partners With CBSE to Train 1 Million Teachers to Deliver ‘Blended Learning’
Google also announced a partnership with Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Skill Education and Training,
To push education in India by helping teachers and institutions in digitising the experience.
During the Google for India 2020 virtual event,
It was announce that Google would enable 1 million teachers in 22,000 schools to deliver “blended learning,”
A combination of online learning and a classroom approach, by the end of this year.
Google also announced a new grant for $1 million (roughly Rs. 7.51 crores) to train teachers in regard to virtual education.
The search giant has plans to deliver a “blended learning experience” across 22,000 schools the country by the end of 2020.
This means Google will work with more than 1 million teachers using free tools like G Suite for Education, YouTube, Google Classroom, and more to train them in offering a blended learning experience.
It was also announce that the Kaivalya Education Foundation (KEF) will be receiving a grant of $1 million for lower-income households from Google.org.
This grant will be use to empower over 700,000 teachers over the next year and train them in the space of virtual education so that students can continue learning from home.
Indian households that do not have access to the internet or smartphones will be reached through TV, radio, and other such platforms.
The investment by Google comes as part of a $10 billion (roughly Rs. 75,000 crores) investment plan in India over the next 5 to 7 years.
This will be done through equity investments, operations, partnerships, ecosystem investments, and infrastructure.
This comes at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions in all sectors, including education.
India has also been hit hard with this never before seen situation and the education sector is trying to cope with the changes.
Facebook also recently announced its partnership with CBSE to launch a certified curriculum on online well-being and digital safety,
As well as augmented reality (AR) for students and educators in India.
It aims to teach at least a total of 40,000 students.