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Goa govt. ties up with Google India to make official websites more mobile friendly

21 Jun 2013
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The Goa government has partnered Google India to promote digital literacy, develop internet safety education for students, promote android development and make government websites mobile friendly. Google India and Goa government has signed the MoU on Tuesday. The MoU was signed by Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and Vice-President Google South East Asia and India Rajan Anandan in Panaji. To mark the start to the initiative, the state government, along with Google, will launch ‘Internet safety education’ for students in Goa, which, according to Anandan, will help students use the Internet more productively and with safety.

“We look forward to working with the state government to create an enabling environment and ecosystem to help students, small and medium businesses and entrepreneurs to realise the full potential of the internet and the opportunities it offers,” Anandan told reporters after signing the MoU. “Google India has initiated teacher training and will soon expand to cover 460 schools and 80,000 students,” Anandan said. Parsekar said that another aspect of the MoU was to provide internet knowledge to women in rural Goa, so that they could use technology to lead better lives.

“We plan to expand the scope of this association to launch digital literacy drive amongst women in our state and also introduce program to help small and medium businesses…” Parsekar said, adding that a mushrooming start-up community in Goa, would also benefit from the association with
Google India.

Anandan also said that Google India would help make state government’s websites mobile friendly as most websites were not being accessed by users on mobile phones.

Indian Railways also partnered Google India for digitizing and showcasing its heritage on digital platforms. Google agreed to partner with Railways to digitize its heritage assets and help create a digital repository for universal online access free of cost, said a senior Railway Ministry official. Indian Railway has a huge list of heritage assets including bridges, steam locos, buildings, artefacts and museums which can be showcased for global audience.

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