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Aakash 2 to appear “very soon”

Aakash 2 is to make an appearance “very soon” says the HRD Minister Kapil Sibal. This upgraded version of Aakash, which is the low cost tablet billed as the cheapest computer in the world for students and the teaching community, is set to be launched “very soon”.

Today addressing the first convocation of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science ( BITS) at its Hyderabad campus, he has said that “Now, Aakash 2 has been rolled out with battery life of three hours, 800MHz processor, providing internet access everywhere and it has a capacitive screen. The process to distribute this device has begun and it would be formally launched very soon,” Mr. Sibal.

“It (the idea of low cost computer) was rejected throughout the world and it was said that India would not be able to make it. Our HRD ministry was committed to the Aakash project and ultimately we came out with the first version of the Aakash which costs Rs 2,276.

“That was the dream and I as minister for Human Resource Development, asked myself the question can I provide a tablet to the students throughout the country that costs a reasonable amount so that all children can afford it and yet is able to deliver through the best technology, the vast information available on the net to them sitting wherever they are,” he said.

After Aakash sank into deep waters after a lot of troubles last year, IIT-Bombay was handed over the responsibility of the first phase of the project. This version was inaugurated by Sibal at IIT-Bombay in June this year.

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