On December 2, Sundar Pichai received this award in the presence of his close family members in San Francisco
Mumbai: Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai was awarded the eminent Padma Bhushan. As he received the award he said, “India is a part of me and I carry it with me wherever I go.”
The Indian-American Sundar Pichai was awarded the Padma Bhushan for 2022 in the Trade and Industry category. Pichai was named one of the 17 awardees earlier this year.
Padma Bhushan is India’s third-highest civilian award. On December 2, he received this award in the presence of his close family members in San Francisco.
“I am deeply grateful to the Indian government and the people of India for this immense honor. It is incredibly meaningful to be honored in this way by the country that shaped me,” Pichai said while accepting the award.
India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu handed over the award to him.
“India is a part of me. I carry it with me wherever I go. (Unlike this beautiful award which I will keep somewhere safe),” he said.
“I was fortunate to grow up in a family that cherished learning and knowledge, with parents who sacrificed a lot to make sure I had opportunities to explore my interests,” Pichai said.
India’s Consul General in San Francisco, T V Nagendra Prasad, was also present during the event.
Delighted to hand over Padma Bhushan to CEO @Google & Alphabet @sundarpichai in San Francisco.
Sundar’s inspirational journey from #Madurai to Mountain View, strengthening 🇮🇳🇺🇸economic & tech. ties, reaffirms Indian talent’s contribution to global innovation pic.twitter.com/cDRL1aXiW6
— Taranjit Singh Sandhu (@SandhuTaranjitS) December 2, 2022
“He has been making commendable efforts towards making digital tools, and skills accessible to across various segments of the society in different parts of the globe,” Sandhu said.
Sandhu recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of technology that combines 3Ss – speed, simplicity, and service. He hoped that Google would make full use of the digital revolution which is taking place in India.
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Sundar Pichai said that Indian innovations are benefitting people globally.
“It had been amazing to return to India many times over the years to see the rapid pace of technological change,” he added.
“I look forward to continuing the great partnership between Google and India, as we work together to bring the benefits of technology to more people,” he said.
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