PM Modi’s ‘New India’ gets a digital boost: Here’s how Google & government partnership will push ‘Digital India’

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Published: March 23, 2017 5:33:37 PM

Google India and Ministry of Electronics and Information technology has launched various new initiatives in order to create new opportunities for Indians. The important areas covered under the initiative are digital payments and digital skills.

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Google India and Ministry of Electronics and Information technology has launched various new initiatives in order to create new opportunities for Indians. The important areas covered under the initiative are digital payments and digital skills. The initiative aims to make e-payments more secure and impart more skills to students as well as developers. Aruna Sundarajan, MEITY Secretary, and Rajan Anandan, VP SouthEast Asia and India, Google made the announcement at an event in New Delhi.

In terms of skill development: Google believes that most of the Indian citizens use mobile to access the internet today and the country has the potential to become a leader in mobile app technology. In that direction, Google has announced its Android Skilling program and aims to train 2 million developers in the country. The initiative includes the development of a specially-designed instructor-led training program. The tech major will also extend the course to the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT). The institute will, in turn, train more than one lakh developers and students through its network of centres.

Other initiatives: The partnership will ensure proliferating the Indic web; enhancing government’s online presence especially on mobile platforms to enable citizen engagement and training and capacity building programs on digital tools. Google wants to bring fast, high-quality Internet access to Indians, and also build products which perform even when there is low connectivity. Google also plans to increase internet usage amongst women in rural India and skills development for developers and SMBs.

Google India & Ministry of IT launch initiatives for PM Modi’s ‘New India’.

Speaking at the event, Aruna Sundarajan, Secretary, MEITY said “The Ministry of Electronics and IT intends to give impetus to the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s recent call for a ‘New India’. Collaboration with Google will be hugely beneficial in harnessing the capabilities of technology for the ‘India growth’ story.”

Digital payments: Google India and MEITY will support the launch of a ‘Digital Payments Security Alliance’ in collaboration with the Data Security Council of India (DSCI). The Alliance will bring together several stakeholders from the ecosystem including Banks, Fintech Companies and Government. The Alliance will enable key initiatives to make security a foundation for India’s twin-pronged Digital and Financial Inclusion Programs. Awareness initiatives towards secure practices are also part of the plan, including the adoption of digital payments.

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Rajan Anandan, VP, SouthEast Asia and India, Google said “We are delighted to support Honourable PM Modi’s vision of creating a ‘New India’ where technology unleashes a wave of new opportunities. We are committed to and look forward to working with MEITY across this broad range of initiatives and help every Indian to leverage the power of the Internet.”

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