“India is a part of me and I take it with me wherever I go,” Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said when accepting the prestigious Padma Bhushan award from India’s envoy to the United States.
Indian-American Mr. Pichai received the Padma Bhushan Medal 2022 in the trade and industry category. Mr Pichai, who was born in Madurai, was named one of 17 recipients earlier this year.
He received India’s third-highest civilian award on Friday in the presence of his close family in San Francisco.
Mr Pichai, 50, receives a speech from India’s ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu.
“India is a part of me. I carry it with me wherever I go. (Unlike this beautiful award, which I will keep in a safe place),” he said.
“I was fortunate to grow up in a family that valued learning and knowledge, and my parents sacrificed a lot to ensure I had the opportunity to explore my interests,” Mr. Pichai said.
TV Nagendra Prasad, Consul General of India in San Francisco was also present at the event.
— Taranjit Singh Sandhu (@SandhuTaranjitS) December 2, 2022
Mr Sandhu said Mr Pichai represented the limitless possibilities of technological change.
“He has been doing commendable work to make digital tools and skills accessible to all segments of society in different parts of the world,” he said.
Recalling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for technology incorporating the 3S (Speed, Simplicity and Service), Mr Sandhu hopes Google will be able to capitalize on the digital revolution that is taking place in India.
Pichai said it was fantastic to have been back to India many times over the years to see the rapid pace of technological change.
Innovations created in India are benefiting people around the world — from digital payments to voice technology, he said.
“I look forward to continuing the great partnership between Google and India as we work together to bring the benefits of technology to more people,” he said.
Pichai said businesses are seizing the opportunity of digital transformation, with more people than ever connected to the internet, including in rural areas.
“Prime Minister Modi’s Vision for a Digital India is certainly an accelerator of this progress, and I am proud that Google has continued to invest in India over two transformative decades, working with government, businesses and communities,” he said.
“Every new technology that comes to our doorstep makes our lives better. That experience put me on the path to Google and the opportunity to help build technology that improves the lives of people around the world,” he said .
Mr Pichai said he saw a lot of opportunity.
Referring to India’s G20 presidency, Pichai said: “This is a unique opportunity to build consensus on strengthening the global economy by advancing an Internet that is open, connected, secure and works for all. This is our Our common goal is also our common goal.” Committed to making progress together with you. India officially assumed the G20 presidency on Thursday.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to do this work together and bring the benefits of technology to more people,” Mr. Pichai said.
Google has added 24 new languages to its translation service this year, using new advances in machine learning. Eight of these languages are indigenous languages of India.
“Seeing how people can access information and knowledge in their preferred language, and seeing the world open up to them in new ways, means a lot. That’s why I continue to be so optimistic about technology, and why I believe India can and must continue to lead ,” he added.
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