At the sixth edition of Google for India event, Google India on Monday made an announcement of partnership with Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
Sapna Chadha, who is the Senior Country Marketing Director, Southeast Asia and India, Google said, “We will train over 1 million teachers across 22,000 schools by the end of 2020 to deliver blended education.”
As part of the Distance Learning Fund, Google.org announced a $1 million grant to Kaivalya Education Foundation. This Distance Learning Fund would enable the aforementioned foundation to work along with the Central Square Foundation and the TeacherApp, to train 700,000 teachers across India. This virtual education would be delivered even through TV and radio where smartphones are not yet available. This fund would be totally apart from the $10 billion fund that Google announced to accelerate Digitalization in India.
“Building products for India first, has helped us build better products for users everywhere. But India’s own digital journey is far from complete. There’s still more work to do in order to make the internet affordable and useful for a billion Indians,” said Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google and Alphabet Inc. “There is immense 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. Today, India's app economy is growing very powerfully, but we must not just download apps. It is important also to upload apps from India. I am sure with this new fund, Google will also focus on promoting our startups further,” he added.
The introduction of Google Pay Nearby Stores Spot in the month of March has been significantly helpful for offline merchant discoverability and currently is being used by more than two million users.
According to Caesar Sengupta, GM & VP of Payments and Next Billion Users, Google, the company has also added a Job Spot in Google Pay, which will enable remote work listings and remote job interviews. He then added, “We are investing in helping Indian businesses go digital and helping Indian workers learn, grow and find better jobs.”
Furthermore, Googe has also plans for a new edutainent series on Doordarshan which will be in collaboration with Prasar Bharati. This will focus on digital tools and its usability and adaptability across small and medium businesses, especially during these times of Pandemic.
Hon'ble Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India said, "I welcome Google’s commitment to invest in India over the next 5 years and we look forward to Google’s work in transforming India into a global knowledge superpower, with a focus on science and research.