On March 8, 2019, the students of DN Nagar Municipal School in Andheri, Mumbai were introduced to Google’s new application, Bolo. Bolo is an Android application that parents can download to help children improve their reading skills.
The event was organised by Piramal Foundation and “While students were aware of the fact that there was an event being organised by the NGO and some dignitaries would come, they did not know that it would be such a renowned person,” said an official from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in a media statement.
According to the reports, “The event was held between 1 pm and 5 pm. Around 300 people, including students, teachers and some parents took part.”
Later, interacting with students, the Google CEO answered the innocent queries. A student, Arshiya, asked him what he likes to eat. Pichai said, “Pani Puri!” and students found a friend him.
When another student asked Pichai how he can become an engineer, he simply said, “Do you have a radio and TV at home? When it gets old, just learn to break that apart.”
The Bolo app is designed for primary school students, and is powered by Google’s speech recognition and text-to-speech technology. It encourages students to read aloud and gives instant feedback on their reading skills.
As per the media reports, Mahesh Palkar, municipal education officer, said “We knew that an event was going to be held today and had granted permission for the same. (But) we did not know that the Google CEO was coming.”
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