Press Esc to close
Sunday 11 December 2016
News updated at 5:24 PM IST
Weather
Max: 28°C
Min : 15.4°C
In Bengaluru
Partially cloudy

Aakash tablet my unfulfilled dream: Sibal

New Delhi, Dec 24, 2013 (PTI):
Union Minister Kapil Sibal addresses the beneficiaries of the e-inclusion Project after launching e-inclusion and e-literacy through Common Services Centres in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo
Calling low-cost tablet PC Aakash his unfulfilled dream, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal today said he has pursued the project despite not getting support from some government departments and that the tender for manufacturing the latest version will be finalised in January.

"Aakash was my dream but it was not fulfilled, I tried hard...some departments of my government did not support me... despite that I continued to strive and then I brought the project in my ministry and now specifications for Aakash 4 have been completed," Sibal said at the launch of 'e-inclusion' project here.

"Some departments did not support me but despite that we are bringing the Aakash," Sibal said.

The Aakash project was Sibal's brainchild when he was the HRD Minister. The idea was to provide low-cost computing device at subsidised rate to students to enable them access Internet for educational purposes.

Canadian company DataWind had bagged the contract to produce the first and second versions of the Aakash tablet.

"The specifications of Aakash 4 has been finalised. DGSD has floated a tender, which will be finalised sometime in January. All those entities which will meet the tender conditions will be entitled to manufacture the Aakash and depending on the volume of production, it will be available to anybody who wants to buy it," Sibal said.

The Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGSD) procures products for government supplies.

Asked about the price of the tablet PC, Sibal said: "We will see what the price is. Originally what we wanted was around Rs 2,500 but that is without excise, without any of the other transportation costs and other things. So once you add those on I don't know what it may come to," he said.

He, however, added those who can afford it can buy and those who cannot, the government departments like Human Resource Development Ministry and Rural Development Ministry can provide subsidy if they wish to.

"Those who can afford it can buy, those who cannot afford it, if government departments intend to buy it and give subsidies they can give it," he added.

 

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Indian sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar performs at the live concert...

Indian sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar performs at the live concert...

I-T department seized Rs 5.7 cr cash in new notes, 32kg bullion and jewelery and Rs 90 lakh...

I-T department seized Rs 5.7 cr cash in new notes, 32kg bullion and jewelery and Rs 90 lakh...

International Animal Rights Day and Human Rights Day in Bengaluru...

International Animal Rights Day and Human Rights Day in Bengaluru...

Laborers remove weeds from Dal Lake on a cold and foggy day in Srinagar...

Laborers remove weeds from Dal Lake on a cold and foggy day in Srinagar...

President Pranab Mukherjee with Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama during the inaugural...

President Pranab Mukherjee with Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama during the inaugural...

A view of the illuminated Ajmer Sharif Dargah decorated for the upcoming Jashne Eid E Milad...

A view of the illuminated Ajmer Sharif Dargah decorated for the upcoming Jashne Eid E Milad...

Former Indian football captain Baichung Bhutia in Lamborghini four wheeler during Air Strip...

Former Indian football captain Baichung Bhutia in Lamborghini four wheeler during Air Strip...

A sand sculpture created by renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik with message 'Good Luck...

A sand sculpture created by renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik with message 'Good Luck...

Bollywood Actor Shah Rukh Khan with director-producer Abbas-Mustan during the Muhurat for...

Bollywood Actor Shah Rukh Khan with director-producer Abbas-Mustan during the Muhurat for...

Migratory Siberian seagulls birds flying over the Ganges in Allahabad on Saturday...

Migratory Siberian seagulls birds flying over the Ganges in Allahabad on Saturday...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523