Mumbai University has already received over 25,000 booking orders for Aakash tablet, the low cost computing tablet, There are more orders expected as commercially there have already been more than 1 million orders from consumers. The Government of India launched Aakash tablet last year in the month of October. The government stated that this tablet was mainly for local students, who could purchase the tablets through colleges and universities instead of buying it through retail channels. There have been modifications done on this product as there were few hitches that needed to be fixed to ensure that students are not inconvenienced.
The Indian Government along with IIT Rajasthan is all set to include three more IITs in the project of Aakash tablet for manufacturing the computing device with the help of local tools, and bring down the price simultaneously. As per the Human Resources Development Ministry, IIT Kanpur, IIT Mumbai and IIT Chennai are the three other IIT institutes used for this particular project.
The meeting was organized by Kapil Sibal, the HRD minister with the help of other senior committee members from the ministry with the agenda of deciding to add these three IITs. There was more attention drawn about the indigenization of the Aakash tablet. Recently, there have been numerous components such as the processor that have been arranged from outside. The prime objective is to add in more unity in the product of the nation in the upcoming years to make the Aakash tablet more Indian. In addition, there was stress put on reducing the price. The approximate existing price of this effective computing tablet is Rs. 1,100 for students. And, it covers the subsidy of government.
Initially, the Human Resources Development Ministry had made arrangements for the bidding of the extended version of Aakash tablet, which would now be taken care by the Information and Technology department. This was mainly due to the differences between Datawind and IIT Rajasthan that came into force, while the issue of higher demands with specifications ended. As per the HRD, there are over 22 crore units of Aakash tablet required and in order to meet this particular demand, there would be new tenders issued to other firms in addition to Datawind.
Thus, the Indian Government has involved three IITs in the exclusively cheapest computing device project named as Aakash tablet in order to lower the price further. There have been several advancements being done for the roll out of the higher version of the Aakash tablet. The speed of the Aakash tablet is expected to be revised at 800 MHz
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