Even though India is regarded as a major IT player because of its cheap labour that is available here, the country still lags behind several other developing countries like China and Brazil where the computers are made available for free at the time of their schooling itself. To keep pace with the growing developments and being aware of the potential drawbacks that India will face if it doesn't introduce the world of internet in the rural areas. The Indian government has tied up with a small British company named Data wind to develop tablet named Aakash which makes use of the android operating system for Rs 1700.
The Indian government has said that they will roll out about one lakh units of Indian Aakash tablets that will be made available to the students across India at a price tag of just Rs 1700. And the rest of the students are expected to get this tablet within a span of months. The government believes that rolling out this tablet in fact will improve the quality and the daily lives of the students especially who are coming from a rural background. For such a long time those students where restricted any kind of the internet broadband service so far. But that will be made available in the coming months as far as the sources are concerned.
Indian government controlled consumer electronics manufacturers in association with the Data Wind Company will be responsible for the mass assembling of the Rs 1,700 Indian Aakash tablets. Analysts predict that the announcement came late regarding the fact that most of the nations such as Russia, China and Brazil had already overtaken India in terms of internet connectivity and also in making use of the latest generation technologies. The total number of the users who uses the internet connection has increased several folds within a span of ten years. But the fact is that still only around 9% of the people around India have gained access to internet compared to around 40% people in China. Even though it is said that around 20% of people subscribe to the mobile phones each and every month, most of them are believed to be from a richer and wealthier background making the rural population inaccessible to the internet as well as mobile technologies. This is to bring an end to the Rural Urban divide that is existing between the student communities in India who are the ones who is going to decide the future growth of India. This move from the Indian government is sure to bring an end to the rural-urban divide among students to a greater extent.
The feature that comes with the Indian tablet Aakash is still unclear. But as far as the sources are concerned the tablets are expected to come with LCD screens that are resistive compared to the touch screens. And the report from the media has suggested that the devices will be connected through the means of wireless broadband services.
The price in India of the Indian tablet Aakash, which is being developed with the assistance of the Indian Government stands surprisingly at an affordable price in India of around Rs 1,700. The tablets is sure to come as a satisfaction for those deserving students who wish to acquire knowledge in this internet ruled world but cannot afford to buy one. The Government of India's efforts to bring this dream of millions of students across several parts of India into reality has to be very much appreciated.