The HRD Ministry today held a high-level review meeting with regard to the quality of the low-cost ‘Aakash’ tablet PC.HRD Minister Kapil Sibal had indicated that the improved and upgraded version would be launched by April this year and would be known as ‘Aakash-II’.
“In order to cater to the huge demand, we need several manufacturers to manufacture Aakash. We are enhancing the specifications on the basis of feedback we have received from the first version of Aakash. So we want to make sure that the upgraded product caters to the need of the customers… We have involved ITI in order to upgrade it… We will be able to bring in Aakash-II by April,” HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said.
Aakash was launched last year with much fanfare. The device costing USD 35 (about Rs 2,000) was developed as part of the The National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technologies of the Ministry of Human Resource Development.