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IIT Bombay claims Aakash tablet assignments complete; future unknown

The low cost tablet project Aakash has allegedly closed down in March this year, according to an RTI query, reports the Hindustan Times. IIT Bombay, which was testing the tablet, claimed that it had completed all targets assigned to it, according to the report. The institution also said that it had submitted the specifications for the future upgraded version of Aakash and was not aware of the tablet’s future plans. 100K tablets procured and tested Although IIT Rajasthan was entrusted with the project initially, the responsibility was returned to the Ministry of Human Resource Development and was then taken over by IIT Bombay. IIT Bombay’s targets included procuring a 100,000 devices, lab sample testing and establishing over 300 Aakash centres (in engineering colleges) in India. IIT Bombay also claims to have spent the approved budget of Rs 47.72 crore to achieve its targets. Relaunch under a different name? In 2012, the UK based Aakash maker Datawind had submitted 100 samples to IIT Bombay, for which it was supposed to provide feedback then, as indicated by this TOI report. A March report by DNA indicated that Aakash was likely to be relaunched under a different name and possibly not free of cost for students in government colleges and universities. The report mentioned Datawind president and CEO Suneet Singh Tuli to be saying that the format of the tablet could be different as well. A 30 June IndiaToday report indicated that Datawind would provide free unlimited internet browsing for a year on…

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