Aakash Tablet RTI: Only 572 Tablets Distributed To 19 Colleges


IIT Rajasthan has so far distributed 572 of the 6640 Aakash Tablet devices received by it from its manufacturer Datawind, the college has said, in response to a Right To Information request filed by MediaNama. Of these, IIT Rajasthan 546 have been distributed to students, while 26 have been distributed to coordinators. IIT Rajasthan itself is the largest recipient of the Aakash Table, with 181 devices having been distributed to students, while Dayalbagh Educational Institute in Agra has received 59 and IIIT-DM in Jabalpur has received 47 devices. A complete list below. 

Note: The RTI response we received had a table with the header “Distributed to Colleges at New Delhi”, though it mentions colleges other than those in New Delhi. We had requested complete information on distribution to colleges and students.

Datawind Not Paid; Delivered 6440 Tablets

As per the RTI response, Datawind, the manufacturer of the Aakash Tablet, is yet to be paid. Datawind has so far suppled 6440 devices to IIT Rajasthan, between 13th August and 1st November 2011. It appears that no tablets have been received since.

Datawind was one of six applicants which participated in the tender process:
- Bharat Electronics Ltd, Bangalore
- Fitech Equipments (I) Pvt Ltd, Mumbai
- STMicroelectronics Marketing Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
- EAFT Technologies, Bangalore
- Datawind Ltd, UK
- Moschip Semiconductor Technology Ltd, Hyderabad

In accordance with what the Ministry of HRD had told MediaNama, IIT Rajasthan says that Rs 47.72 crore has been received by it from the Ministry, of which Rs 25 crore for Testing and Development of LCADs and Rs 22.72 crore for Teachers Empowerment.

Other Notes

- MS Windows: A prebid meeting (January 17 2011) also considered the inclusion of Microsoft Windows or Windows embedded operating systems. However, remarks suggest that the pre-bid meeting committee focused instead on open standards. Flash support was considered optional, even though flash was required to deliver lecture content from YouTube
- Payment Terms: The tender document suggests that 80% of the value of the quantity supplied in each lot would be paid on delivery, and 10% on acceptance. Penalty for delayed delivery amounts to 0.5% of the value per week until delivery, up to a maximum balue of 10%.
- Warranty: The seller was supposed to replace any defective piece within one week from receipt of complaint from the buyer.
- Failure rate tolerance: the corrigendum states that if in a batch test of 1000 devices, of the percentage of defective devices is more than 5%, then the entire lot from which devices have been chosen would be rejected.

Note: We’ll update separately with more details of Datawind’s bid, since we have to pay a fee for 224 more pages of documents, and its processing might take some time.

Also read: Aakash Tablet RTI: Rs 47.72 Cr For 100,000 Tabs, Cost $49.98 Each; No Tender Docs With Ministry


  • Anil

    aakash1 was a test device,,so obviously, only a few devices were to be distributed . based on the feedback received from it, the govt is deciding the specs for aakash-2….very obvious of the govt to be implementing the project in phases..i do not think we should make an issue of it

  • Anil

    aakash1 was a test device,,so obviously, only a few devices were to be distributed . based on the feedback received from it, the govt is deciding the specs for aakash-2….very obvious of the govt to be implementing the project in phases..i do not think we should make an issue of it

    • http://hardwarebbq.com/ The Sorcerer

       I never heard of anyone bragging about a test device in public. The point is to be taken back what was taken before: Do school/colleges really need tablets? As it is B-Schools and all provide notebooks with student discount- and lets be honest the keyboard’s tactile is needed as its more reliable than touch. As far as performance goes, If intel atom itself is not adequate for bare basic use, aakash would be more useless. Kapil Sibal strikes again!

      • we-won’t-get-fooled-again-dept

        As the success of the Galaxy Note has shown, we can’t always predict what people ‘need’. However, the tablet as an educational aid is not very useful without a good range of dedicated apps built around strata of learning proficiencies, few of which are available on the Android platform. This seems to have escaped Mr Sibal’s limited attention span. I am curious about the expenditure incurred by IIT Rajasthan – I think there are several similar initiatives happening around the country, none of which can get or even need such vast sums of money just to run a pilot – and what a pilot, where end-users have to shell out to participate!

    • http://hardwarebbq.com/ The Sorcerer

       I never heard of anyone bragging about a test device in public. The point is to be taken back what was taken before: Do school/colleges really need tablets? As it is B-Schools and all provide notebooks with student discount- and lets be honest the keyboard’s tactile is needed as its more reliable than touch. As far as performance goes, If intel atom itself is not adequate for bare basic use, aakash would be more useless. Kapil Sibal strikes again!

  • Karen D

    Anil, Since October are they only testing these devices. Fact was that these tablets are crap. Medianama has done a great job by filing RTI and publishing the same. When so many Indian companies had participated in the tender including Public Sector Bharat Electronics, why is Government fancying Datawind. Why cant they simply approach others and provide us our tablets. 8 months have passed and only 6440 devices….. what a shame!!!! 

    • Jairaj

      the tablets are not a crap product rather the media and these competing companies are all in the realm of downgrading the project as much as possible. IIT-Rajasthan initially used a biased test criteria of a HP ruggedized laptop!..come one seriously?? just so they can reject all the tablets and halt the project..and on top of that they continue to play their little game by contracting with Quad to try producing their own tablet. And all we want to do is complain about the delays…maybe we should start considering the real story because there is so much more drama behind the scenes that even the media doesnt want us to know..

  • Karen D

    Anil, Since October are they only testing these devices. Fact was that these tablets are crap. Medianama has done a great job by filing RTI and publishing the same. When so many Indian companies had participated in the tender including Public Sector Bharat Electronics, why is Government fancying Datawind. Why cant they simply approach others and provide us our tablets. 8 months have passed and only 6440 devices….. what a shame!!!! 

  • Chetan6

    the media is soo biased and negative. just like making customers go crazy if a business has gone into trouble. they never want to tell real story just own opinions..and we customers get so influenced by media..never get to know real story! 

  • Tamish

    Datawind is not a bad company. Just soo much mess made by IIT-Rajasthan and Quad! Shame on them!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Madhav-Verma/100003900158156 Madhav Verma

    i know datawind can pull through. I recieved my tablet. finally!