“India is part of me and I carry it with me wherever I am going,” Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai has mentioned, as he acquired the distinguished Padma Bhushan award from the Indian envoy to the U.S.
Indian-American Pichai was awarded the Padma Bhushan for 2022 within the Commerce and Business class. The Madurai-born Mr. Pichai was named one of many 17 awardees earlier this yr.
He acquired India’s third-highest civilian award within the presence of his shut relations in San Francisco on Friday.
“I’m deeply grateful to the Indian authorities and the individuals of India for this immense honour. It’s extremely significant to be honoured on this method by the nation that formed me,” 50-year-old Mr. Pichai mentioned whereas accepting the award from India’s Ambassador to the U.S., Taranjit Singh Sandhu.
“India is part of me. I carry it with me wherever I am going. (In contrast to this stunning award which I’ll preserve someplace protected),” he mentioned.
“I used to be lucky to develop up in a household that cherished studying and data, with mother and father who sacrificed loads to verify I had alternatives to discover my pursuits,” Mr. Pichai mentioned.
India’s Consul Common in San Francisco, T V Nagendra Prasad, was additionally current throughout the occasion.
Mr. Sandhu mentioned that Mr. Pichai represented the limitless potentialities of know-how for transformation.
“He has been making commendable efforts in the direction of making digital instruments, and abilities accessible to throughout numerous segments of the society in several components of the globe,” he mentioned.
Recalling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s imaginative and prescient of know-how that mixes 3Ss – pace, simplicity and repair, Mr. Sandhu hoped that Google would make full use of the digital revolution taking place in India.
Mr. Pichai mentioned that it had been superb to return to India many occasions through the years to see the fast tempo of technological change.
The improvements created in India are benefitting individuals world wide – from digital funds to voice know-how, he mentioned.
“I look ahead to persevering with the good partnership between Google and India, as we work collectively to deliver the advantages of know-how to extra individuals,” he mentioned.
Companies are seizing the alternatives for digital transformation, and extra individuals have entry to the web than ever earlier than, together with in rural villages, Mr. Pichai mentioned.
“Prime Minister Modi’s Digital India imaginative and prescient has definitely been an accelerator for that progress and I’m proud that Google continues to spend money on India, partnering with governments, companies, and communities over two transformative many years,” he mentioned.
“Each new know-how that arrived at our doorstep made our lives higher. And that have put me on a path to Google, and the prospect to assist construct know-how that improves the lives of individuals all around the world,” he mentioned.
Mr. Pichai mentioned he sees a lot alternative forward.
On India taking on the G20 presidency, Mr. Pichai mentioned, “It’s a tremendous alternative to construct consensus on strengthening the worldwide economic system by advancing an web that’s open, related, safe, and works for everybody. That’s a purpose we share, and are dedicated to advancing with you.” India formally assumed the G20 Presidency on Thursday.
“I’m grateful for the chance to do that work collectively and convey the advantages of know-how to extra individuals,” Mr. Pichai mentioned.
Google this yr added 24 new languages to its translation service utilizing a brand new development in machine studying. Eight of them are languages native to India.
“It means a lot to see how individuals can entry info and data of their most well-liked language, and see the world divulge heart’s contents to them in new methods. That’s why I proceed to be so optimistic about know-how, and why I imagine India can and should proceed to steer,” he added.