Government of India is all set to launch Aakash-II in April after Datawind’s Aaakash Tablet
Datawind, a Canadian company working in India manufactured a very low cost tablet by the name of Aakash. The company designed the tablet to benefit the students of India by providing those tablets on low prices that could be easily available to the students. Datawind also engaged Indian Central Government, state government, NGOs, municipalities etc to promote the tablet in the education sector.
However, the tablet was unsuccessful to make its mark among the students of India. There were also amid complaints with regard to the quality of the low-cost ‘Aakash‘ tablet PC, the government said it is hopeful of bringing out an upgraded version of the device, ‘Aakash-II‘, by April this year. Human Resource Development Ministry Kapil Sibal was very hopeful that the upgraded version of Aakash will be successful and says that:
“In order to cater to the huge demand, we need several manufacturers to manufacture Aakash. We are enhancing the specifications on the basis of feedback we have received from the first version of Aakash. So we want to make sure that the upgraded product caters to the need of the customers. We have involved ITI in order to upgrade it. We will be able to bring in Aakash II by April.”
Many differences occurred between Aakash creator Datawind and Ministry of Human Resource Development when (MHRD) suggested an upgraded version of Tablet Aakash but Sibal came with a very friendly gesture by saying that:
“We believe in resolving issues rather than highlighting them.”
MHRD and the Datawind both are working for a long-term and full supply of 1 lakh units of the Aakash tablet version II to the students of India. Sibal also highlights that:
“As of now Datawind has delivered around 30,000 tablets and the rest 70,000 will also have the upgraded version of Aakash-II to be provided to the students.”
At least Government of India is not sitting idle but taking initiative to provide advanced and upgraded version of Tablet Aakash after the amid complaints related to its first version to benefit its Students for their educational purposes.
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