Mark Zuckerberg on India: "It is very important to connect people in India (one of the largest democracies) as it is central to our plans of connecting the next billion people and then the whole world," Zuckerberg said at the townhall meeting held at the IIT-Delhi.

"India is one of those countries which you cannot overlook if you want to connect the world," he added. The townhall at IIT Delhi follows the Menlo Park chapter at Facebook headquarters which was held during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second US visit.

Education: Zuckerberg also reiterated his commitment to India by clarifying his plans of opening schools here. "We have opened schools in Africa with internet capable infrastructure to give a boost to education quality and we are evaluating plans to open such schools in India in the future," the chief executive said.

On Net Neutrality: Asked about net neutrality and Internet.org, Zuckerberg said the platform via its free basics programme aims to solve three problems of connecting to the internet - availability, affordability and awareness.

"We are trying to aid availability by streaming the internet via satellites. In terms of affordability, free basics is free to use and also low on data consumption. Users are not forced to pay for the service," Zuckerberg said reiterating the need of an open internet platform like its proprietary initiative Internet.org in India while reminding that Facebook always supported net neutrality and adhered to regulations.

Entrepreneurship: The chief executive, who is a role model for many techies, when asked about the entrepreneurs in India said that Facebook was doing its best to provide low cost tools to entrepreneurs here.

Candy Crush:
In addition, Zuckerberg also gave a sneak peak of how the future Facebook should look like by divulging several new fundamental features that the company was working on including a fix for users getting 'irritating' Candy Crush requests.

Facebook and Occulus Rift:
"We are working on making communication more effective and better which is why we have tied up with Occulus Rift to research on augmented or virtual reality," Zuckerberg said. "People will be able to share life-like moments with friends and family through Facebook and Whatsapp. Moments that friends and family cannot be a part of.

Facebook for Physically-challenged: "In the next five to ten years, Facebook might be able to read timelines, picture messages and picture captions for the physically-challenged users," the founder added.

Facebook 'Safe':
"This will also help Facebook connect more people boosting the network. We are also working on geo-location strategies to identify which users are in which area and in case of a calamity whether they would be likely affected or not," Zuckerberg said giving the example of the social media platform's success with the 'safe' notification during the Nepal and the Afghanistan quake that sent tremors through Delhi. Zuckerberg also said that he was working on a project named Amber to help locate missing persons.