The sixth edition of Google for India held on July 13th on Monday that featured Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google and Alphabet, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister of Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Government of India, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India, and other senior Google leaders.
This year’s Google for India is mainly focused on working to make the internet helpful for a billion Indians, and contributing to India’s journey to becoming a leading digital economy.
Sundar Pichai announced Google India to invest $10 billion (~Rs. 75,000) crore for the next five to seven years as part of the Google for India Digitization Fund.
Announcements from the Google for India event:
Google India is working with Internet Saathis to disseminate important information on COVID-19 in 50,000+ villages.
Google India enabled virtual classrooms for millions of kids at home through Google Meet, Google Classroom, Read Along, and YouTube Learning.
Google India helped people donated more than 120 crores to the PM CARES Fund through Google Pay.
Since its launch over 2 million users have the Nearby Stores Spot on Google Pay to find and buy essential goods and more than 3 million businesses now accept contactless digital payments with Google Pay for Business.
Google Maps surfaced 11,000+ food & nigh shelters across 700+ cities and 600 COVID-19 testing centres across 300 cities in India.
India is the second largest mobile device manufacturing country in the world and over 12 year more than 2 billion active devices from over 1,300 hardware manufacturers support Android OS.
More than 26 million small and medium businesses are in India and discoverable across Google Search and Google Maps.
Google India announced that every month Google drives over more than 150 billion direct connections like calls and online orders between businesses and customers.
Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm has granted more than $12 million over the past few years to organizations like Pratham, Central Square Foundation, TheTeacherApp to create high-quality digital content in local languages.
Google.org is giving $1 million to Kaivalya Education Foundation to work with CSF and TheTeacherApp to train over 700,000 teachers to deliver virtual education for students from low-income communities.
Google India is partnering with CBSE, Skill Education and Training to enable over 1 million teachers from 22,000 schools across India to deliver blended learning than combines the classroom approach with online learning.
Google launched Teach from Home portal for teachers, localised in 8 Indian languages that made learning accessible using Google Classroom, Google Meet. Since May, more than 400,000 educators have accessed the information on the Teach from home platform.
Google India to launch an edutainment series in partnership with Prasar Bharti, that explores how small businesses can use digital tools to adapt to the current situation of COVID-19 Pandemic.