“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 obtained the celebrated 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 12 months.
He obtained 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 rather a lot to ensure I had alternatives to discover my pursuits,” Mr. Pichai mentioned.
India’s Consul Normal in San Francisco, T V Nagendra Prasad, was additionally current through 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 expertise accessible to throughout numerous segments of the society in numerous 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 instances over time to see the speedy tempo of technological change.
The improvements created in India are benefitting individuals all over the world – 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 carry 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 actually 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 a long time,” 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 up the G20 presidency, Mr. Pichai mentioned, “It’s an incredible alternative to construct consensus on strengthening the worldwide financial system by advancing an web that’s open, related, safe, and works for everybody. That’s a objective 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 produce the advantages of know-how to extra individuals,” Mr. Pichai mentioned.
Google this 12 months 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 popular language, and see the world confide in them in new methods. That’s why I proceed to be so optimistic about know-how, and why I consider India can and should proceed to steer,” he added.