Computers at $10 to be available in six months

Computers at $10 to be available in six months
PTI
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First Published: Thu, Jan 29 2009. 02 44 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Jan 29 2009. 02 44 PM IST
New Delhi: To take knowledge to every household and help students get feed on every subject while sitting home, the government is set to make available low-cost computers at $10 within six months.
Technology for these small devices have been developed by IISC, Bangalore and IIT Madras.
“But lot of testing has to be done to ensure that the technology works properly. Once the testing is over, the computers will be made available on commercial basis. The target is to make it available in six months time,” Higher Education Secretary, Ministry of HRD, R P Agrawal told reporters here today.
The computer will be a small equipment with expandable memory, LAN and Wi-Fi facilities. The government will also produce e-content on every subject which will be made available free of cost.
A prototype computer has been designed which is being tested now.
“Its cost will be $10. If the parents want to gift something to their kids, they can easily purchase this item and gift them,” he said.
Students can get the e-content feed and load them in their computers and take advantage of the materials. The government will provide these computers to educational institutions at a subsidised price, Agrawal said.
The government is in the process of consultation with different agencies for production of these computers and are seeking collaboration with them. These computers can run at two WT power.
“The ultimate target is to have a Virtual Technological University,” Agrawal said.
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First Published: Thu, Jan 29 2009. 02 44 PM IST