Google said in 2019 that it had signed a statement with the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MTY) to launch the 'Build for Digital India' program. The statement said that the event would provide a platform for engineering students to develop a market-oriented, technology-based solution that addresses key social problems.
The program will invite engineering students from across the country to present their ideas and solutions in areas such as Health, Agriculture, Education, Smart Cities and Infrastructure, Women Safety, Smart Cities and Transport, Environment and Digital Literacy. Applicants will have online and offline learning opportunities on key technologies such as machine learning (ML), cloud and Android, which will be offered through Google's Developer Student Club Network and other Google Developer Networks.
IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a statement, "This initiative will not only inspire college students across India to innovate but also create some good technology solutions for some of India's major social challenges." Karan Bhatia, vice president of government affairs and public policy at Google, said that advanced new technologies such as ML and artificial intelligence can help meet some of the toughest social challenges that India faces today.