Aakash (Previously Known as Sakshat) Low Cost Tablet Computer for Indian Students, Price Rs. 1100

sakshat_laptopThe tablet computer, known as Aakash, which translates as “before your eyes”, launched as part of a new Rs. 46 billion “National Mission for Education“. This envisages a network of laptops from which students can access lectures, coursework and specialist help from anywhere in India, triggering a revolution in education. A number of publishers have reportedly agreed to upload portions of their textbooks on to the system.

Its launching for students across the country is hoped to bring real affordable digital empowerment to people who cannot afford computing devices normally. It had started off as a Laptop under Rs. 500, then evolved to Rs. 1500 per device project. After that it became a Rs. 1600 Tablet and was set to ship in January 2011. That date wasn’t able to be kept for various reasons and a lot of skepticism regarding the project was in the air.

Kapil Sibal during the unveiling ceremony has stated that a million devices would be made available to students in 2011. The devices will be manufactured at a cost of 1500 (23 Euro) each, half of which will be paid by the government and half by the institutions that would use it.

Government(of India) announced that 10,000 (Aakash) tablet will be delivered to IIT-Rajasthan in late June and over the next four months 90,000 more would be made available at a price of Rs 2,200/device.

The price of the tablet is going to be Rs. 2,200/- and will not be available to the general public. It will be given to children in educational institutions. Government will subsidize the cost by 50%, so a student would have to pay only Rs. 1,100 for the device.

Following are the Detailed Specifications:

  • 7.0″ Touchscreensakshath
  • 2 USB ports
  • 32 GB HD
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Wi-Fi
  • Rugged casing with a rubberized feel
  • Fixed Ethernet ability
  • Mini and full USB
  • miniSD card slot
  • Subscriber Identity Module (SIM card) slot
  • Video out
  • Headphone jack
  • 2 Watts of power consumption with solar charging option
  • In-built keyboard
  • Video conferencing facility
  • Multimedia content
  • Linux Operating System (could be Android)
  • Open Office
  • SciLab
  • Option for Solar Charging
  • Internet browsing

Software

  • Android operating system
  • Educational software developed at Indian Institute of Technology
  • Web browsing, video conferencing and word processing software

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  5. This is Really the Wonderful Device at such an amazing price. I think that it must be made available to the “AAM AADMI” also at a price which is not subsidized or may be charged even more. Still it makes a sense for all . This will definitely push India to a High level Global Trajectory. This will EMPOWER INDIANS with a tool towards GREEN CHANNEL development & will help Environment b increasing Paperless Transactions. India can also Explore the CARBON CREDITS in this matter.

    This is a Marvelous Innovation. and will definitely Empower the Peoples and Specially Childrens in the IT ERA.

  6. Why can’t be this available for public….atleast without subsidize rates it can be given to public…..May be this will give a new definition to faster and less costly availability of information to common man.

    Even if you make it at 5000 Rs. it will be a cheaper and good option for public. Morover, this will also stop people getting this by wrong means…..

  7. This is really happy to hear that indian government is giving up tablet pc for students, yes india is growing faaaaaaaaaster…. we can be the worlds No.1 Country with all the meanings…………

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