India plans to produce a laptop for US$10

February 4th, 2009 - 3:48 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

OLPCIndia plans to produce a laptop costing US$10, in a bid, in order, to improve the skills of millions of students across the country. The notebooks will be mass-produced as part of a government-sponsored education scheme launched earlier this week, in the southern city of Tirupati.

Details about the computer remain scarce, revealed that the laptops will be available within six months.

The laptop is reportedly said to have a two gigabyte memory and wireless Internet capability. The officials have not publicly demonstrated a prototype even have to explain how will it be able produced at such a low cost.

The government has earmarked more than 46 billion rupees in order to develop the low-power gadget to work in rural areas with unreliable power supply and poor Internet connectivity.

The planned laptop is part of a push to increase the number of students in higher education and give them the technological skills needed to further boost India’s economic growth.

New Delhi rebuffed a previous attempt to bring cheap laptops to India, led by MIT computer scientist Nicholas Negroponte’s One Laptop Per Child programme. The government cited hidden costs for its rejection of that computer, which was dubbed the US$100 laptop.

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