New Delhi: Since Chennai-born Sundar Pichai took over as Google’s CEO, he would be taking his first overseas trip and plans to visit India later in December.
Sources said Pichai is slated to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee. The 43-year old CEO had met Modi in September during the Prime Minister’s Silicon Valley visit.
The IIT-Kharagpur alumnus is also supposed to hold an open event at the Delhi University for Indian students from all across the country.
Pichai will also be listing Google’s plans for India in his keynote address at a Google for India event, added the sources.
However, a spokesperson from Google India failed to confirm these details.
Apparently, Google will be hosting an event on December 16 for which it has sent out invites. “At Google, we believe that technology can change people’s lives for the better. Indians are coming online at an astonishing rate with affordable smartphones. These new users have a completely fresh view on what the Internet has to offer. Please block your date for an event with Google as we outline our vision for these users,” read the invite.
Google had earlier announced that it will work together with the Indian Railways to make sure 500 stations across India will have free wi-fi access by next year.
Pichai had also stated plans regarding Google incorporating 11 Indian languages in its Android platform, including Gujarati—Pichai’s mother tongue.
Google on Tuesday rolled out an India-specific website on coronavirus that delivers comprehensive information about the pandemic, and how to stay productive during this time.
The website contains information such as key helpline numbers, content about symptoms, protective measures, known treatments, and the latest global and Indian statistics.
It also hosts a collection of videos on how people can use their time productively while at home, as well as resources and training modules for individuals, small businesses, and educators to stay connected and informed, especially when self-isolated at home.
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The website has four key sections: health information, safety and prevention tips, data & insights, and resources. The Safety and Prevention Tips section consists of educational and informative links and videos by the Union Health Ministry, aiming to convey to people the importance of washing hands, declaring symptoms, and adopting responsible behaviour.
The website also carries a snapshot of some of the most popular searches related to coronavirus, including the latest coronavirus news, right way to wash hands, things to do at home, as well as answers to questions like what is social distancing?, what is a lockdown? or what is self-quarantine?
The Data and Insights section shows up-to-date insights from Google Trends including some of the most searched and trending questions on COVID-19 from India. The Resources section hosts several useful videos that help parents and kids spend time learning at home, or help people with coping techniques for stressful days, or simply try their hand at new recipes and DIY (do it yourself) projects spanning art and fitness.
To help people get up and running for working from home, there are also links to key resources: Individuals will find tips for getting work done when working from home useful, and teachers can connect with their students using resources like Distance learning resources for schools, Teach from Home tools for teachers, and methods to help kids learn to read at home.