Around five years later (just last week), Sibal again - this time around as Union Minister for Human Resource Development (MHRD) - unveiled a low-cost, solar-powered computing-cum-access device.
To be commercially available from 2011, he pegged its price at $35 (about Rs 1,600) per piece, assuring it would gradually drop to $20 (about Rs 900) and ultimately to $10 (about Rs 400) a piece.
The device, according to Sibal, will allow users surf the internet, and also perform tasks like video web-conferencing and access multimedia content.
History reveals such initiatives have quickly run out of steam.
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