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Friday 20 January 2017
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Sundar Pichai unveils ‘Digital Unlocked’ training for Indian SMBs

Sundar Pichai, CEO of search engine giant Google, is holding a press event in the national capital today. Pichai will be talking about Google’s new initiatives in India aimed at the digital operations of Small and Medium business enterprises.

Google issued a statement saying that “At Google, we are excited about partnering the businesses to help them unlock exponential growth through the power of digital.” The announcements in the event are likely to be the culmination of Google’s effort to connect more businesses online to increase their reach and productivity.

 

The Digital Unlocked training programme aimed at training SMBs has been built “across online, offline, and mobile”, the company said. The offline training, planned over the next three years, will be conducted in partnership with FICCI – with 5,000 workshops envisioned in 40 Indian cities. As for the online portion, Google has released 90 self-paced video tutorials that have been curated specifically for India and are available at g.co/digitalunlocked. The company says the trainings are certified by Google, Indian School of Business, and FICCI.

Speaking at the event, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said, “The Internet is a powerful equaliser and we are motivated to bring the benefits of information and technology to as many people as possible. Building for everyone and making it available in the hands of as many people is at the heart and core of what we do. And we do this by investing in open ecosystems.”

Referring to Indian SMBs, he added, “the Internet and digital technology will be an engine of growth for the Indian economy. Today, anyone can become an entrepreneur, a developer, or a creator, but it is important that they have the right tools and skills to digitise. We believe it is important for us to invest in training and equipping these individuals and small businesses to accelerate their journey of growth.