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Saturday, July 24, 2010

India introduced $35 computer for the students

Now, Indian people would get computer at a cheaper price. On July 22, 2010, Kapil Sibal, India’s Human Resource Development Minister, unveiled the world’s cheapest computer invented by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). The device would be made available to students and teachers in various schools and colleges within 2011.

While unveiling the device, Mr. Sibal said, “The price of the device is expected to be around $35 (Rs. 1,500), gradually dropping down to $20 and ultimately $10 per piece.”

IIT-Rajasthan and IIT-Kanpur jointly developed the computer. The laptop sports a 7 inch monitor with in-built processor.

Though it is smaller and cheaper, it can run all the applications of a regular computer. The laptop is equipped with a touch-screen and Wi-Fi to access Internet. The laptop does not have any motherboard. It has 2GB in-built memory which can be further expanded up to 32 GB.

The laptop has 256MB RAM with two watt power. It also has an alternate solar battery.

The device will be made available for students under the National Mission on Education through ICT. The government is planning to provide the computer to 200 million children across the country and it would cost approximately Rs.10,000 crore. Indian government would provide 50% subsidy component.

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