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Friday, January 30, 2009

$10 PC from India soon

NEW DELHI, INDIA: In an effort to bridge the digital divide and to take knowledge to every Indian household, the Government of India is set to make available low-cost computers at US$ 10, within six months. Once this becomes a reality, it would help students get feed on every subject while sitting home.

Based on the technology developed by IISC, Bangalore and IIT Madras, the Rs 500 computer will be a small equipment with expandable memory, LAN and Wi-Fi facilities.

"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 on Thursday.

The government is also planning to produce e-content on every subject which will be made available free of cost, said reports.

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," Agrawal said.

The low-cost computers are being developed under National Mission on Education through Information Communication Technology (ICT) and the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the scheme, he added.
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