India Government Announces 35 Aakash Tablet For Education

India has unveiled a $35 tablet computer, dubbed the Aakash, which will be aimed at improving connectivity specifically for the education sector of the country.
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India is set to pilot test the $35 Aakash tablet for the education sector of the country. Image: rednivaram / Flickr (CC)

The Aakash is expected to be priced at 1,750 rupees or about $35.50 in today’s exchange rate. It has been dubbed as the world’s most affordable tablet computer.

According to a report from Reuters, the government of India will be releasing 100,000 units of the Aakash in the next few months in a trial run.

The subsidized tablet – which name means sky, Reuters says – will then be rolled out to millions of students in the country.

The Aakash is said to be developed by British firm DataWind and was made for a span of two years.

Telecoms and Education Minister Kapil Sibal is quoted by the news organization saying last week that: “Soon, a $35 computer will be made available to every child in school. The tablet shall help enhance the quality of learning of children.”

The report notes, however, that some critics are slamming the Wi-Fi only Aakash as not enough to improve connectivity to the internet of poor students as Wi-Fi is generally not available in the country.

Nonetheless, the Aakash could be used to offer distance learning to remote areas of the country usually untouched by contemporary technology.