New Delhi: Google CEO Sundar Pichai today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Earlier in the day, India-born CEO addressed 1,800-people strong audience comprising school and college students and teachers at Delhi University’s SRCC.
Speaking to the gathering at the country’s prestigious commerce college, Pichai said, “As per the new plan (by Google), we will train two million Android developers in partnership with 30 universities. This will be done over the time period of next three years.” For me, getting many developers in the workforce are going to solve many new things.”
Google CEO fielded a gamut of questions from the audience ranging from his favourite sport to smartphone he owns to the marks he got in Class 12th.
Answering Harsha Bhogle, who was the host of the event, on how Google plans to stay relevant in this time of change, Pichai said everything changes at a fast pace in the world of technology and there is a need to keep reinventing to remain relevant. He said the PCs were just getting underway in the 1980s, while internet as we know it came into being 10 years later. A decade later came smartphones and Android was not even in the market at the time. So reinventing itself and keeping abreast of change will help Google remain relevant in coming times.
Talking about the current startup scene in India, Pichai said he had been waiting for this change in the country for many years and finally felt it when he visited India last year. He said the quality of ideas by Indian startup founders is the same as that of entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and that India is well positioned to become the Silicon Valley of the East.