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Google to work with Indian Govt. on digital literacy & other programs

23/09/2014

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Going has announced some key projects that are aimed to help in the Prime Minister’s vision of a Digital India where every Indian will have a digital identity.” A few initiatives announced by Google are in collaboration with the Department of Information and technology.

As per the report there will be a number of campaigns run by Google as part of the Government’s Digital India program like MyGov, a citizen engagement program that will launch a nationwide contest to develop a mobile app for the PM’s office. There are a few other programs that are a part of Google’s list of initiatives such as helping SME’s get online, helping women get online and showcasing India’s heritage and culture online.

Apart from these, the main focus will be on digital literacy and Internet safety and that curriculums for schools and govt. officials will be introduced to encourage it.

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R.S.Sharma, Secretary of the Department of Information Technology said

“The Digital India Program has been launched with the vision of transforming India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. It can truly transform India and bring it on par with other developed countries. I’m happy Google is coming forward to roll out initiatives that will contribute to the Digital India vision. I’m sure others will come forward and join this moment.”

Rajan Anandan, Vice President and Managing Director, Google India said

“India is already home to the 3rd largest number of internet users globally with 245 million users as of June 2014. We are on track to become the 2nd largest user market by 2015 and a 500 million-user market by 2016. Yet, there are more than a billion people who will need to be brought online for India to realize the vision of a digitally connected, knowledge economy. Prime Minister Modi’s Digital India program will play a transformational role in achieving this, and we are excited to be making a meaningful contribution by rolling out several initiatives in collaboration with the Government of India.”

Besides, Google will work closely with the Government of India to make the idea of Mobile Governance a reality.

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