Satya Nadella discusses Microsoft’s rural digital programme with IT minister

IT minister Ravi Shankar says, the issue of H-1B visas did not figure at the meeting


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Photo: Reuters
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Photo: Reuters

New Delhi: Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella on Tuesday met IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and discussed the company’s rural digital initiatives and leveraging LinkedIn for creating employment opportunities.

“Microsoft is doing good work in India. In particular, we have appreciated their initiative for digital inclusion in village, the Harisal pilot project in Maharashtra where they brought in technology and connectivity for digital health and digital education...,” Prasad said after the 30-minute meeting.

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“This is something I am considering for replication in our larger vision for Digi Gaon initiative,” he added. Prasad said that other issues discussed included “LinkedIn involvement in skilling professionals to be exposed to good job opportunities”.

The issue of H-1B visas did not figure at the meeting with the India-born CEO of Microsoft, he said. The minister said Nadella represented a powerful statement of “extraordinary contribution of India’s talent” and accomplishments.

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