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It was in the news everywhere last year. The Government of India’s ambitious project to manufacture ultra low cost tablet devices for the students, the $35 (Rs. 1,500) Sakshat Tablets seem to be ready to see the daylights.

 

Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal seized the attention of techies and gizmos freaks last September,when he unveiled the prototype of a tablet PC which would cost only Rs 1,500.He announced that the product would be made available by January 2011 but failed to meet the deadline,raising questions about the feasibility of the project.But now the government is ready to launch the tablet,called “SAKSHAT”,on JUNE 28.Initially about 10,000 of them will be given to IIT’s for testing.

 

After testing, 300 tablets each will be given to the states for trial by July end. According to sources in the government,around 1lakh tablets will be made available within 3 months.The price,has been slightly increased to Rs 2,200 .But it is still the cheapest tablet in the world and government is planning to give a subsidy of Rs.1,100.

Tech Specs:

  • Video web conferencing facility,

  • Multimedia content viewer for example pdf, jpeg, zip, etc,

  • Computing capabilities such as Open Office, SciLab and

  • Internet browsing with flash plug-in, JavaScript.

  • It is enabled with a touch screen.

  • An in-built keyboard is attached with this laptop.

  • The laptop can store the data of up to 2 GB memory. It is a RAM memory.

  • Wifi connectivity and USB port are this laptop’s additional features.

  • 2 watt system is used up by this laptop so that it can even perform in areas where power supply is low.

  • Linux system is programmable in this laptop.

Sakshat will be available only for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the beginning.It is part of National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology,Which aims to link 25,000 colleges and 400 Universities in the subcontinent in an elearning programme.The program will be available on sakshat web portal,which students can acess through the device.

 

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