Remember the $35 tablet from Indian government? The project has gone through its own yo-yo cycle with government canceling the tender and delaying the project by more than 6 months.
The good news is that there is a light at the end of this tunnel and early this month, government announced that 10,000 (Sakshat) tablet will be delivered to IIT-Rajasthan in late June and over the next four months 90,000 more would be made available at a price of Rs 2,200/device.
Government will subsidize the cost by 50%, so a student would have to pay only Rs. 1,100/ for the device (though it’s hard to believe that the actual cost price of device is only Rs. 2,200/).
- 7 ‘’ Touch-screen
- 2 USB ports
- 32GB HD
- 2 GB RAM
- Video-conferencing facility
- Multimedia content
Like we said earlier, we are ‘cautiously optimistic’ about the device and we certainly hope that this project lives up to its expectation.
If executed well, this can drastically change the way education is imparted and importantly, open up plethora of possibilities for startups/technology companies to build products around the education ecosystem.