Government is very excited to fulfill the dream of providing the tablet to each and every student of India. Government is keen to provide Aakash tablet at Rs. 1,500 , Telecom and IT minister Kapil Sibal said today. At present, the government purchases the device from Datawind, the maker of Aakash tablet PC, at Rs. 2,263 apiece. The government will distribute the tablet to students at subsidised rate of Rs. 1,130 a piece.
“I asked Rajat Moona (Director General,C-DAC) to help us in Aakash. Let us take that Aakash to the people of this country for a sum of Rs. 1,500. Each student must have Aakash in his/her hand so that they can see the world with it,” Sibal said at a function here
The minister further stressed on developing ‘cutting-edge technology’ at affordable prices for the people. Sibal also discussed the GPS-enabled wristwatch aimed at the women’s safety.
“Recently, we had this very very unfortunate event in Delhi and I called Rajat and said I want a technological solution of the safety of girls and women in our country,” he said.
“I want a wrist watch, which will video graph, which will set up an alarm, which will call up dedicated lines. Lets have a GPS system and lets produce this for less than Rs 1,000 for the citizens of our country for their safety.”
The minister had recently revealed to the Wall Street Journal that the GPS-enabled wristwatch was in the works and that the government has reached out to telecom equipment manufacturer ITI to manufacture the device. Two variants of the device are being developed, first will be priced at $20 (Rs. 1,071 approx.) and the another one at $50 (Rs. 2,680 approx.). The first prototype is expected to be ready by mid-2013
“As we look into the 21st century, we realise that there are several areas where we need to be self-reliant. Super computing is of exceptional importance one such area. I see C-DAC as a technology leader in the world. India should provide technological solutions to the world,” he said.
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