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Aarogya Setu app was built in 20 days and reached 150million downloads just in 4 months ten days only because of the cloud. There is no dearth of talent in India, said Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Union Electronics & Information Technology Secretary.

HYDERABAD, Dec 11 (BNC Network) “We want India to be characterised as Digitally Talented Nation similarly to how Israel is known for startups,” said Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Union Electronics & Information Technology Secretary.

Participating in a panel discussion on “Ahead in the Cloud” moderated by Sridhar Pinnapureddy, TiE Global Summit Chair, on Wednesday evening, Sawhney said the Government always focused on the cloud-first policy and cited the Meghraj Cloud Initiative.  The focus of it was to accelerate the delivery of e-services in the country while optimizing ICT spending of the Government. With the help of the cloud, all the senior bureaucrats could work from home overnight.

Sridhar said in his opening remarks: “Imagine Pandemic without the cloud? Have we been able to run offices as normal as pre-COVID without the Cloud? Imagine if the same Cloud has strict the world what would have happened? Had it not been for cloud all the business would have come to a grinding halt and there wouldn’t have been WFH, Digital Workplaces would not have been a reality today.  We are almost back to normal though Pandemic is still on, except for personal freedom.” ,he said and stressed the need for building capabilities and create massive moments.

“COVID has accelerated the migration. We need to ensure trust, inclusion and sustainability if we have to move further,” he said.

Replying to the request of Ajay asking them to add zeros to their investments in infrastructure creation in the country, Ananth said the real zeros need to put for talent building and to create cloud skills in the country.

Zeros need to be added to 70 million small businesses who have the potential to move cloud but have not done yet.  On adding zeros to investments he said India is our focus area. It is a priority cloud provider.

Karan Bajwa of Google India said Pandemic was a diving moment in many fronts. It changed how people used to perceive the cloud before. Today, people have woken up to the power of cloud the said.

Every crisis is an opportunity to do better and all the Panelists saw good opportunities for the cloud in future.

Quoting NASSCOM study Ananth said Data and AI are big drivers of the economy in India, May contribute $ 450 to 500 billion to its GDP by the year 2025.

Ajay said, the Aarogya Sethu app was built in 20 days and reached 150million downloads just in 4 months ten days only because of the cloud. There is no dearth of talent in India. There are 10,000 teams like the one built Aarogya Sethu in our country he said.

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