Google has collaborated with one of the biggest states in India to offer digital classroom services to millions of students and teachers as Google focuses on education push in the world’s second-biggest internet market. Google said it had partnered with the government of Maharashtra that will get 23 million students and teachers to have Google’s education services at no cost. According to a survey, more than 150,000 teachers have signed up for this offering in less than 48 hours.
Statement By Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister Of Maharashtra
“All of us had questions regarding the future of education. We have come a step closer to answering these questions due to the pandemic,”
Statement By Varsha Gaikwad, The Education Minister Of Maharashtra
“Our goal is to make Maharashtra the most progressive state in education by making effective use of online resources, platforms, bandwidth and technology, using the power of the internet to reach out to the masses and bridge the gap in education,”
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many sectors in the country, has boosted the growth of startups that offers digital learning platforms. Facebook-backed Byju’s Unacademy, Toppr, Vedantu, and more have got millions of new students since March this year.
Services Offered By Google
- Google Forms for organizing quizzes and tests,
- G Suite for Education,
- Access to Google Meet and Google Classroom
which allows teachers to create and organize assignments along with communicating directly with the students. Google has also made a hub that says Teach from Anywhere for educators in the Marathi language.
“Our teachers and schools have the huge responsibility in shaping the future of our new generation, and we continue to be honored to play a role in offering digital tools that can enable more teachers to help even more students stay firmly on their journey of learning, during these times and beyond,”
Google has pushed to work with educators in India. As in the last month, Google announced that it partnered with the Central Board of Secondary Education which oversees education in public and private schools in India to offer its education services. The company also grants $1 million to Kaivalya Education Foundation that works with partners to offer education opportunities to underprivileged children. Also the Google’s rival Facebook Partners With CBSE To Make Education Push In India last month to roll out a certified curriculum on digital safety and online well being along with AR for students and teachers in the country.