SILICON VALLEY, Sept 27 - Top CEOs of American companies, which have played a key role in IT revolution the world is experiencing now, have endorsed the ambitious �Digital India� programme, describing it as a vision that would bring India technologically at par with the rest of the world.
�Digital India will bring about solutions for the challenge of digital divide,� said Satya Nadella, who took over as Microsoft CEO last year, at a dinner interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
�Let�s empower people from Nanyuki to Srikakulam,� Indian-American Nadella said as he detailed out how digital technology can empower people across the world as he talks about Skype for students between schools to exchange ideas.
Speaking at a Digital India dinner in San Jose, he said that next week Microsoft will announce cloud computing from data centres in India. The dinner was attended by who�s who of Silicon Valley�s corporate world.
Modi has accelerated effort to make India the next driver in innovation, said Sunder Pichai, CEO of Google. He said India is the fastest growing startups in the world.
�We are proud of what is happening in India and share the Prime Minister�s vision of digital India,� he said.
Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayan said that the Digital India initiative would �transform India into a digitally empowered� knowledge economy. The Prime Minister�s vision of Digital India is exciting, he said.
It has the potential to uplift the society in India, he said, with top IT CEOs seated on the dais along with Prime Minister Modi at a dinner hosted in his honour.
�I am sure Prime Minister Modi will take Digital India to greater heights,� Narayan said, who moderated the discussion.
Along with Nadella, and Narayan, others seated on the dais were John Chambers, CEO of Cisco and next Chairman of US India Business Council (USIBC) and Google CEO Sunder Pichai.
Describing Modi as �amazing ambassador� of India, Chambers endorsed Digital India, saying it has the potential to bring about great changes in India. The US and India would be �very strong together under your leadership�, it said.
Chambers said one has to compete against one�s ability to innovate, and not against other companies or countries.
�If you can change India, you will change the world,� he said, adding that internet is the second equalizer in life after education.
Paul Jacobs executive chairman of Qualcomm said, �we are extremely excited and motivated� by the Prime Minister�s Digital India initiative.