GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 3rd Oct. In a key move linked with the Make in India mission, IT titans HP and Google have partnered to manufacture low-cost Chromebook laptops in India. This strategic alliance aims to target the low-cost notebook market, specifically students, educational institutions, and government procurement needs.
According to the Times of India, the Chromebook devices will cost around Rs 20,000, with the possibility of substantially cheaper prices for bulk sales. Production will take place at HP’s Flex site outside Chennai, where laptops and desktops have been manufactured since August 2020.
Manufacturing is set to begin on October 2, with the primary goal of meeting the demand for low-cost PCs, primarily in the education sector. This is the first time Google Chromebooks would be manufactured in India.
HP India’s Senior Director (Personal Systems), Vickram Bedi, underlined HP’s commitment to achieving digital equity and supporting digital education efforts in India. By manufacturing Chromebook laptops in India, Indian students will have greater access to low-cost personal computers. Bedi also emphasized HP’s commitment to the Make in India program.
Google sees this partnership as an opportunity to further incorporate itself into the Indian education system through the use of low-cost laptops. Bani Dhawan, Google’s Head of school (South Asia), underscored the company’s continuous efforts to help the local school sector move to digital-first learning experiences through various products and teacher initiatives. The local production of Chromebooks in collaboration with HP marks an important milestone in Google’s mission to promote India’s digital revolution of education.
Dhawan expressed hope that this collaboration would hasten the adoption of technology in more schools, ensuring that every student and educator has access to the tools and skills necessary to reach their full potential. This HP-Google collaboration not only helps India’s Make in India drive, but also paves the door for more cheap and accessible digital education solutions for students and institutions across the country.