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Uniting Academia and Industry, Lucknow University Partners with Google and Meta to Establish Bharat Lab

June 12, 2023

Nishant Saxena

The University of Lucknow has joined forces with technology giants Google and Meta (formerly Facebook) to establish The Bharat Lab, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at understanding consumer behavior in India’s tier 2 and tier 3 cities. This collaboration, marked by the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU), is a significant milestone in the university’s efforts to gain valuable insights into the consumption patterns and aspirations of consumers in Bharat, collectively representing towns and cities across India.

The primary objective of The Bharat Lab is to bring together corporate entities, including Google and Meta, to gather extensive data and statistics on consumer aspirations and consumption patterns in India. With access to Google’s diverse range of resources, such as online advertising, search engine technology, cloud computing, e-commerce, and consumer electronics databases, the initiative aims to gain a comprehensive understanding of the Indian market.

In addition, Meta’s popular social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, will serve as valuable sources of information to comprehend the hopes, desires, and motivations of Gen Zers, who are representative of the Bharat demographic. This collaboration between academia and corporate entities will provide an abundance of consumer data, allowing for thorough analysis and the development of more effective products, services, and brand-building strategies.

“The Bharat Lab represents a significant step towards understanding and catering to the needs of consumers in Bharat,” said Durgesh Srivastava, Lucknow University’s spokesperson. “We are grateful to Google and Meta for their support in this endeavor, and we are confident that this partnership will lead to groundbreaking insights and innovations.”

The establishment of The Bharat Lab aligns with Lucknow University’s commitment to remain at the forefront of knowledge and utilize cutting-edge technology to address the evolving needs of society. Through this collaboration, the university aims to bridge the gap between academia and industry, fostering a symbiotic relationship that benefits both parties.

Prof. Alok Kumar Rai, the vice-chancellor of Lucknow University, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, stating, “The establishment of The Bharat Lab signifies a significant step towards understanding and catering to the needs of consumers from Bharat. We are grateful to Google and Meta for their support in this endeavor, and we are confident that this partnership will pave the way for groundbreaking insights and innovations.”

The Bharat Lab is poised to become a hub for research, data analysis, and collaboration, enabling academia and industry to work together in a mutually beneficial manner. This initiative is not only essential for India’s goal of becoming a 5-trillion-dollar economy but also for the nation’s aspiration to achieve the status of a developed nation by 2047.

As Lucknow University embarks on this ambitious venture, it is expected that The Bharat Lab will play a pivotal role in gathering valuable insights into the aspirations and consumption patterns of consumers in Bharat, ultimately contributing to the development of more effective products and strategies that cater to the diverse needs of the Indian market.

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