Sunday, February 1, 2009

$10-laptop: India’s answer to MIT model worth $100

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A $10 laptop (Rs 500) prototype, with 2 GB RAM capacity, would be on display in Tirupati on February 3 when the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Techonology is launched.

The $10-laptop project, first reported years ago, has come as an answer to the $100 laptop of MIT’s Nicholas Negroponte that he was trying to hardsell to India. The $10 laptop has come out of the drawing board stage due to work put in by students of the Vellore Institute of Technology, scientists in the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, IIT-Madras and involvement of PSUs like Semiconductor Complex. “At this stage, the price is working out to be $20 but with mass pro
duction it is bound to come down,” R P Agarwal, secretary, higher education said.

Apart from questioning the
technology of $100 laptops, the main reason for HRD ministry’s resistance to Negroponte’s One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project was the high and the hidden cost that worked out to be $200. The mission launch would also see demonstration of e-classroom, virtual laboratory and a better ‘Sakshat’ portal that was launched more than two years ago.

Sources also said the ministry had entered into an agreement with four publishers—Macmillan, Tata McGraw Hill, Prentice-Hall and Vikas Publishing—to upload their textbooks on ‘Sakshat.’ Five per cent of these books can be accessed free.

The mission, with an 11th Plan outlay of Rs 4,612 crore, is aimed at making a serious intervention in enhancing the Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher education.


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