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December 28, 2010

INDIA: $35 laptop a revolution in university learning?

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by Alya Mishra, University World News

The government has decided to procure the $35 laptops before January 2011, to be rolled out initially to university students from the second half of 2011 – possibly with the help of government subsidies – and later expanded to secondary pupils. The low-cost computer has been developed by students and scientists from the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur, Chennai, Mumbai, Kharagpur and Jodhpur (Rajasthan), and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, in collaboration with the National Mission for Education through ICT. The 23 centimetre (nine-inch) wide touch-screen device, weighing 1.5 kilograms, is packed with open source software including internet browsers, a PDF reader, video conferencing platform, open office, media player, remote device management capability, multimedia input-output interface option, and multiple content viewer based on the open source Linus operating system. The device will also be able to run on solar power besides the usual battery-operated system.

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