Google, the global tech giant, announced that it has signed a statement of intent with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to participate in launching ‘Build for Digital India’ programme.
The programme offers a platform dedicated to engineering students on which they can develop market-ready, technology-based solutions that address key social problems of the country. The programme allows students to share their ideas and solutions in sectors such as agriculture, healthcare, education, women’s safety, smart cities, infrastructure, smart mobility, digital literacy, and more.
Applicants can also expect an online and offline learning space on trending technologies such as machine learning, cloud, and Android offered through several of Google’s developer networks. Google has offered to encourage and build the most promising products and prototypes with mentorship sessions in terms of product design, strategy, and technology.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, IT Minister appreciated the support of Google stating that the programme will motivate college students to innovate and produce some meaningful technology solutions to resolve some major social concerns of India.
The Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy at Google, Karan Bhatia said it was a great opportunity to reach, inspire, and equip young engineers with technical and entrepreneurial skills and to provide them with all the guidance needed to polish their ideas into breakthrough technologies for the future of the country. He added that advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning can lead the way to address some of the toughest social challenges.