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Technology and AI: Catalysts for India’s Economic Growth

HP Study Reveals Indian Optimism Towards Technology’s Economic Impact

A recent HP study reveals that the majority of Indians (89%) view technology, including AI, as crucial for integrating traditionally excluded populations into the economy. This finding, significantly higher than the global average of 76%, highlights the positive perception of technology’s role in economic development within India.

HP’s Commitment to AI and Digital Skills

AI Training for Digital Business Skills

To promote responsible and effective use of AI, HP plans to integrate AI training into its HP LIFE program globally, including in India. These training sessions will be offered free of cost under the Digital Business Skills initiative. In addition, HP will soon introduce Next-Gen AI PCs in India, aimed at enhancing work and creativity.

Quote from Michele Malejki

“Everyone deserves an opportunity to access the tools needed to thrive in the digital economy,” said Michele Malejki, HP Global Head of Social Impact and Director, HP Foundation. “We know technology can be a great equalizer and a powerful tool to drive progress. Yet, to truly narrow the digital divide in our rapidly evolving world, we must also equip individuals with the skills to use technology.”

AI Leadership. Image: AI Reporter
AI Leadership. Image: AI Reporter

Expanding the HP LIFE Program

Enrolling Millions by 2030

HP aims to enroll 27.5 lakh users in its free skills-building HP LIFE program by 2030. Since 2016, the program has enrolled over 12 lakh users globally, helping them access job opportunities or start businesses. India has seen the highest influx of new users, underscoring the urgent need for skills development in the country.

Advancing Digital Equity

Goals and Achievements

HP has made significant strides toward its goal of accelerating digital equity for 150 million people by 2030. According to its latest Sustainable Impact Report, HP has already reached over 45 million people since 2021 through innovative partnerships and community-focused solutions, prioritizing those most affected by the digital divide.

HP World on Wheels (WoW) Program

In 2023, the WoW program assisted 6.13 lakh individuals, with nearly 55% being women and girls. These solar-powered mobile learning labs have reached 1,200 villages across 14 Indian states, benefiting over 17 lakh people since 2020.

HP Continued Learning Access Program (CLAP)

In 2023, CLAP provided learning opportunities to approximately 1.58 lakh students in India, especially during disruptions caused by natural disasters or pandemics.

HP Accessible Learning for All (ALFA)

The ALFA program significantly aided 5.05 lakh students in 2023 by providing access to digital classrooms across India.

Striving for Sustainability and Equity

HP’s Vision

HP aspires to be the most sustainable and just technology company. It remains committed to examining its progress and taking further actions to achieve a more equitable and sustainable future. For more information on the study and HP’s Sustainable Impact Report, please visit the HP Newsroom.

The Study

HP commissioned Oxford Economics to conduct independent research on this topic. The survey, conducted from October to November 2023, covered 10 countries: the U.S., France, India, U.K., Germany, Japan, China, Mexico, Brazil, and Canada. Oxford Economics surveyed 1,036 business leaders (C-suite and direct reports) and government officials, with approximately 100 respondents per country.

(AI Reporter)