Classpad takes a cue from Akash tablets

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 29, 2011 20:11 hrs

Tablets are the new tech gadgets to have found a favourable place in the Indian education sector.

After the launch of 'Aakash', the low-cost tablet, by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), new trends are picking up in edu-tech.

Delhi-based Classteacher Learning Systems, an education solution provider, has come out with a new tablet, Classpad. Priced in the range of Rs 7,500-14,500, it comes in three models: Classpad 7, Classpad 8 and Classpad 10.

Classpad has a touch screen with a 7-hour battery life, 1.3 Ghz processing speed and a built-in memory of four Gb, expandable to eight Gb. The device is equipped with artificial intelligence and is built on the Android platform. The intelligence facility in Classpad can help categorise students as fast, average and slow learners. The device uses WiFi for communication.

Rohit Pande, CEO of Classteacher Learning Systems, believes Classpad does have an opportunity in already crowded low-cost tablet segment. According to a study done by the firm in 200 schools across the country, 32 per cent of the respondents are adopting tablet and other technologies. The study also said schools are keen to adopt new technology.

The company plans to take Classpad to the market via two business routes called the Trolley model, wherein the device can be used on a shared model by paying Rs 100 per child. The second is based on 'one tablet per child' (OTPC) model, where the parents pay for the device. It is also planning to launch a model from 2012 for the general public, which can buy online.

"We have been working on it for the last four years and as part of our efforts we have been able to come out with a sturdy device. This is like other high-end devices. Our aim is to create a personalised learning experience," Rohit Pande, CEO, Classteacher Learning Systems said.

The company, which offers solutions and applications for education sector, has a presence in 700 schools, of which Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Punjab top the list.

"We have clients ranging from high-end schools to those that take Rs 1,000 as monthly fee," Pande added.

Classpad will provide educational solutions based on the NCERT syllabus. Students will be able to use and download 7,000 education applications on the cloud.

When asked about partnering the government for the device, Pande said, "As of now, we are looking at private schools."

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