January 29, 2009

Now students can get the computers at about Rs 500

Its good news for students who are interested to learn and gain more knowledge through computer enabled education. Now might be within a 6 months for just Rs 600 (USD 10) low cost computers available for those who want to learn from home on each subject.
Government initiating this great facility to make available for every family.
Technology for these small devices has 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 said reporters in New Delhi on Thursday.
The computer will be a small device which supports expandable memory, Wi Fi and LAN facility. The e-content on every subject will be provided by government for free of cost .

A prototype computer has been designed which is being tested now. "Its cost will be USD 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.

The low-cost computers are being developed under the central scheme -- National Mission on Education through Information Communication Technology (ICT).

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