India showcases Aakash 2 tablet at UN

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 29, 2012 17:54 hrs
India unveils Aakash 2 tablet at UN

New York: India on Thursday launched its low-cost Aakash 2 tablet PC at the United Nations in the presence of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and other member nations in an event.

Datawind, the company which was assigned to design, develop and manufacture the device, also gave a presentation about it.

Speaking at the launch, India's Permanent Representative Hardeep Singh Puri said: "With pricing determined through anopen international tender, Aakash2 is the world's lowest cost tablet at end-user pricing. It harnesses top of the line technologies at costs, which the neediest can embrace.

"And believe me, the technologies and applications that have been put in it, are indeed the world's best."

"It also bridges the digital divide within our societies," he said.

Puri said in India, the National Mission on Education through Information Communication Technology will equip 220 million students across the country with low cost tablets and internet access.

"The Government of India is subsidizing 50% of the cost of this device. With State governments and local institutions along with other development partners chipping, the devices would ultimately be, made available free to all students," he said.

"To us, Aakash2 is an epitome of such high end research, innovation and excellence. It is said that the taste of a pudding lies in its eating.

"Very soon this device would be unveiled and then you can yourself decide, whether this 20$ pudding, is worth its taste, for 220 million students who could have never ever afforded to see this pudding, lest alone taste it. ( 20 $ approx being the price at which GOI after 50% subsidy intends to give it to Indian students)," said Puri.
  General, to unveil the Aakash2, and deliver his address.

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