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What happened to Aakash tablets?
Aakash tablet created a buzz all over the world as the cheapest tablet. It was designed for the students but it has still not reached them. You might be wondering what has happened to it. Suddenly, wherever we turned, it was about Aakash. Now, it has vanished from the talks.
In October 2011, the Centre assured that it will offer about one lakh tablets to the students by March 2012. But, its already May and not even one unit has been given as assured. What is the reason for this delay? The tablets are under testing to meet the requirements of the students.
The HRD ministry told the Parliament in the form of a written reply that as the devices are under testing, no norms of distributing it among the students are laid down. The ministry has further explained that only 366 tablets have been distributed to the students for testing. The feedback offered by them on the operation of the device was not positive.
The students of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Rajastan used and provided this feedback. The testing has uncovered many flaws. The IIT Rajastan claims for higher specifications with a capacitive touchscreen, 3,200 mAh battery and a 700 MHz A8 Cortex processor.
The controversy about the quality of the tablets made the ministry opt IIT Bombay. The ministry has also accused that IIT Rajastan is creating unnecessary chaos. With the new institute taking the responsibility of testing the tablets, the one lakh devices will by delivered by the end of this month.
The HRD Ministry fixed March 2012 as the deadline to receive the one lakh tablets. It told the Parliament that only 6,400 devices were received so far. Hopefully, the Aakash tablets are offered to the students soon.
Those who have pre-ordered the tablet are frustrated as they have not received their units. Have you pre-order Aakash tablet? When do you think the tablet will be available?