Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with CEO of Google and Alphabet Sundar Pichai virtually On October 16 around three major aspects– made-in-India Chromebook laptops, AI for Good Governance and further improving financial inclusion using AI.
During the interaction, Prime Minister and Pichai discussed Google’s plan to participate in expanding the electronics manufacturing ecosystem in India. Google’s partnership with HP to manufacture Chromebooks in India was appreciated. For those unaware, HP and Google recently announced the collaboration to manufacture Chromebooks locally. This move, which is a joint venture, will help promote digital education and provide affordable computing solutions to students who can’t afford expensive laptops, benefiting both schools and other institutions. The Chromebooks will be manufactured near Chennai, Tamil Nadu, at its Flex Facility.
Chromebooks run on Google’s ChromeOS, which is a lightweight operating system designed for affordable PCs.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister acknowledged Google’s 100 languages initiative and encouraged efforts to make AI tools available in Indian Languages. He also encouraged Google to work on AI tools for Good Governance.
Prime Minister welcomed Google’s plans to open its global fintech operations centre at the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) in Gandhinagar.
On the other hand, Pichai informed the Prime Minister regarding Google’s plans to improve financial inclusion in India by leveraging the strength and reach of GPay and UPI. Prime Minister also invited Google to contribute to the upcoming Global Partnership on AI Summit, which will be hosted by India in December 2023 in New Delhi.