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By NewsGram Staff Writer

San Jose: As a part of the ‘Digital India’ campaign, executives of top global tech firms, including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Qualcomm announced significant plans for India as Narendra Modi met with Apple chief executive Tim Cook, MicroSoft’s Satya Nadella, Google’s Sundar Pichai, Qualcomm’s Paul Jacobs, Cisco’s John Chambers, Adobe’s Shantanu Narayen and TiE’s Venk Shuklathese companies.

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“I see technology as a means to empower and as a tool that bridges the distance between hope and opportunity,” Modi said at the ‘Digital India’ dinner engagement to conclude a packed day here.

“Social media is reducing social barriers. It connects people on the strength of human values, not identities,” said the Prime Minister, an avid user of the medium himself, which includes his penchant for selfies with his hosts and guests.

“Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are the new neighbourhoods of our new world,” he said.

“Since my government came to office, we attacked poverty by using the power of network and mobile phones to launch new era of empowerment,” Modi said, adding: “In this digital age, we have an opportunity to transform the lives of people in ways that were hard to imagine a couple of decades ago.”

Earlier, a host of tech leaders said they were upbeat on engaging with India better. “India under the Prime Minister’s leadership is moving in the right direction with ‘Digital India’,” Jacobs said, announcing an immediate investment of $1.5 million for innovation labs in the country to support product designing.

“Now it is time for us to collectively empower people from all over the world,” Nadella said, adding that Microsoft intended to partner individual states and tech companies in this regard.

Nadella gave the example of Surat where Microsoft was working with municipalities on data analytic systems.

Pichai, had a take on another of Modi’s initiatives – that to foster, nurse and promote entrepreneurship. “India is the fastest growing ‘start-up nation’ in the world,” the Google chief executive said.

Some of Prime Minister Modi’s other remarks at “Digital India” dinner:

– From large corporates to young professionals in this great centre of innovation, each can be part of ‘Digital India’

– We recognize that ‘Digital India’ cannot not be built without bridging the digital divide.

– Status now is not whether you are awake or asleep. It is whether you are online or offline.

– After MyGov.in, we launched Narendra Modi Mobile App, which is helping me stay in close touch with people.

– We will use information technology to set up Smart Cities in India.

– Like airports, we will have Wi-Fi at 500 railway stations in India with Google as partner

– We will connect all schools and colleges with broadband.

– We will expand our public Wi-Fi hotspots.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Micheal Dell Feels That India can Emerge as Top-Player in Data Driven World

Talking about Digital India, Dell said that it's an excellent initiative of the government

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Dell Said that If you look at the countries of the world and compare them with India, the outcome of human progress is tremendous. Pixabay

The ‘data king’ of the world and founder of IT giant, Dell Technologies, Michael Dell feels that the next decade would be driven and shaped by data, and India could be one of the significant players. In an exclusive interview with IANS, here at the company’s Global headquarters the American billionaire businessman and Chairman of Dell, one of the world’s largest technology companies said that India figures as the topmost destination for his enterprise in the years to come.

From building a microsensor into a small finger ring to transforming autonomous vehicles, including aircraft by redefining artificial intelligence (AI), Dell seems determined to shape the world by the next decade through a revolution in processing and storing data.

“Dell is the only company in the world capable of achieving this objective…and I feel India has the potential to be a centre of excellence for us,” said Michael Dell, who leads the IT company which has a revenue worth over $90.62 billion, adding, “I would be visiting India soon and our company has ambitious plans to expand in a country known for its intellectual capabilities.”

Talking about Digital India, Dell said that it’s an excellent initiative of the government (led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi). “The Make in India (project) also impresses us. But it would be more appropriate if India focuses beyond manufacturing smartphones, (hinting that a lot more is happening in the manufacturing business related to IT). India has to focus on other areas too,” Dell told IANS during an interaction at Dell Technology Summit.

“If you look at the countries of the world and compare them with India, the outcome of human progress is tremendous. It (India) has all the possibilities to enhance its capabilities…and Dell is excited about this,” he said.

The 54-year-old billionaire with net worth of over $31 billion, is seen as one of the topmost philanthropists from this part of the world. His company is empowering people from economically weaker sections with software technology.

For instance, a door to door delivery salesboy from Boston, was recently trained in software skills and has now become part of the Dell engineering. Girls of a similar profile from Brazil have also joined the Dell team. Such examples are innumerable. By the next few years, Dell Technologies also dedicates 50 per cent of the jobs to women.

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The ‘data king’ of the world and founder of IT giant, Dell Technologies, Michael Dell feels that the next decade would be driven and shaped by data, and India could be one of the significant players. Pixabay

“In India, we are working with Tata Trusts in the field of social and health care services, and we have reached 11 million people. By the next few years we will try to reach 44 million. We have also set up a Dell Medical University in Austin, and we are focussing on providing innovative medical services to the unaffordable.

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“Our social commitment would be a top priority for the next 35 years. In the last 35 years Dell has grown from a small company to a global giant….and in the next 35 years we not only want to lead the world of technology but also want to focus on people who have been lagging behind in society. The world has to be better for everyone, in many ways,” said Michael Dell, once (in 1992) the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company to becoming a leader in shaping the future of the world. (IANS)