The low budget computing device popularly known, Aakash tablet is being made fully indigenous. The production base is getting diversified as stated by the HRD Minister Kapil Sibal. The HRD Minister said that the production base of Aakash tablet would be diversified as they have planned to bring in eco system for the overall development of Aakash tablet in India. This would give room to plenty of opportunities for electronic production houses, developers, R&D institutions. He said the ITIs and IITs are involved in the development project of this computing device that has already reached to the hands of quite a few students.
Kapil Sibal has already stated that there is an additional requirement of 22 crore units of tablets from Aakash and fresh tenders would be issued mainly for this purpose, which would enable other companies in addition to the current manufacturer Datawind to avail a chance. As per the current situation, the computing device is offered to students at the cost of Rs 1,100 post government subvention. The HRD Minister was questioned regarding the next tender, if it would contain the clause as ‘made in India’ in it. Mr. Kapil Sibal said he wants to ensure that the production will be completely done in India. But, as of now, various components that also includes the processor have been received from outside.
During the event of Indian Semi Conductor Association, Kapil Sibal said that he wanted everyone to be present there, to give it a deep thought and take part in the wonderful journey. In the meantime, the government has planned to include three additional IITs in the project of Aakash tablet in order to make it localized and reduce its cost further. In addition to IIT Rajasthan, which is leading the Aakash tablet project, IIT Kanpur, IIT Madras and IIT Mumbai would also be roped on this project as per the HRD Ministry sources. The efficiency of the improved Aakash tablet as far as speed is concerned, would be at 800 MHz, which is currently at 300 MHz. The diversification of Aakash tablet would result in the price going down to Rs 1,500.
Kapil Sibal also said that the existing price of Aakash tablet is at Rs 2276, which is based on the one lakh units of order, and the same would come down to Rs 1,500 inclusive of transportation and profit, when the demand for order goes up till 10 lakh. Out of this price Rs 1,500, the government would provide subsidy of around Rs 750 for education institutions. The educational institutions would then pay the remaining cost to ensure that the low budget computing device becomes free by the time it reaches into the hands of students as stated by Kapil Sibal.
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