Google donates USD 8.4 million towards improving education in India

Google's philanthropic arm, with the sole motive to improve quality of education in India, has recently announced grants worth UDS 8.4 million (around Rs 54 crore) to promote the learning experience for students in India.

As reported by IANS, these grants have been given to four Indian Non Profit Organisations (NGOs).

The four recipients are as follows:

  • Learning Equality
  • Million Sparks Foundation
  • Pratham Books StoryWeaver
  • Pratham Education Foundation

Furthermore, reports suggest that these grants are part of a global USD 50 million commitment that aims to help non-profits apply tech-based learning solutions.

Key areas to be focused upon:

There would be complete focus on quality learning materials, providing better training and support to teachers and supporting students beyond classroom learning.

More problems in education that need to be addressed:

Google officials reported that even after the National Policy of Education report 2016 attributed the poor learning outcomes to serious gaps in teacher motivation and training, a lack of access to relevant educational material, tools and aides also needs to be addressed.

Taking about the granting donation, Rajan Anandan, Vice President South East Asia and India, Google said, "Our approach is to find the most promising non-profits and put the best of Google to work and help them close this gap."

Here's what Program Manager (Education) has to say:

"We believe technology can help bridge the gap, it can get more books to students, more lesson plans to teachers, and classrooms to kids who can't get there themselves. At, we are committed to support and work alongside these organisations to bridge the quality education gap," said Nick Cain, Program Manager (education) at

Moreover, the company taking note of the data received said that while the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) claims there are about 260 million children enrolled in schools across the country, Pratham Education's recent survey states that 50 per cent of all children in 5th grade cannot read a 2nd grade text or do a two-digit subtraction problem. 

Courtesy: indiatoday

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