Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi interacted with Google CEO Shri Sundar Pichai via video conferencing earlier today. They discussed using Technology to expand the scope of online education and increasing access to Technology in the native language.

Prime Minister discussed the issue of data security and concerns around privacy. He said that tech companies need to put in efforts to bridge the trust deficit. He also talked about cybercrimes and threats in the form of cyberattacks. Other areas of discussion included technological solutions to expand the scope of online education, access to Technology in the native language, use of AR/VR to give a stadium-like viewing experience in sports, and progress in digital payments.

Google CEO appreciates PM's leadership in the battle against the pandemic in India. He briefs PM on Google's significant investment plans in India. Further, he briefed about Google's efforts to help spread awareness and provide reliable information about COVID-19. He said that the steady step of Lockdown initiated by the Prime Minister set up a solid foundation of India's battle against the pandemic. Prime Minister appreciated the proactive role played by Google in battling misinformation and conveying information about necessary precautions. He also talked about further leveraging Technology in providing healthcare services.

Prime Minister said that “Technology has been of great benefit for farmers; the immense potential of AI in agriculture. Indians are adjusting to and adopting Technology at a rapid pace.”

Prime Minister explored the idea of virtual labs that can be used by students as well as farmers. Sundar Pichai briefed the PM about new products and initiatives by Google in the country. He mentioned the launch of AI Research Lab in Bengaluru, while also highlighting the benefits of Google's flood forecasting efforts.

Prime Minister briefed about Google's plan to launch a large investment fund and develop strategic partnerships in India. Prime Minister remarked that India is amongst the most open economies in the world. He also spoke about recent steps taken by the government towards reforming agriculture and the campaign to create new jobs, while also highlighting the importance of re-skilling.

Date: July 13, 2020
PIB Delhi