The HRD ministry recently announced the availability of 10,000 Sakshat tablets to IIT Rajasthan this June and will deliver additional 90,000 units to other areas. All priced at Rs. 2,200 per device. (appx $50)
Few months ago, the ambitious and much talked about tablet computer from the Indian Govt had slipped out of focus due to unforeseen circumstances.
- What happened?
The Indian Government had allocated $6.5 million to this project and initially chose HCL Infosystems to launch the tablet. The company failed to provide evidence of having enough bank guarantee funds and resultantly, the Government were forced to play out the project for bidding again.
Finally, the project is back on track and by the end of June, the students of IIT Rajasthan will be the first to experience the Sakshat tablet.
- Expected functionality and features –
- Android Operating System
- Rugged casing with a rubberized feel
- 7 inch touch screen
- Fixed Ethernet ability
- Mini and full USB
- miniSD card slot
- SIM card slot
- Video out
- Headphone jack
- 32 GB of memory capacity
- 2 GB RAM
- 2 Watts of power consumption with solar charging option
The project’s priority is to spread education and enable every student in India have affordable access to interactive educational resources with the Sakshat tablet. The Government also plans to subsidize the tablet by 50%, which will bring down the price to Rs. 1,100 per device.
The tablet will primarily be distributed at the educational institutions, any plans for retail consumption in future will cause the tablet to be priced higher, in the retail market.