NIELIT, J&K, Gets 20 Aakash Tablets on its Launch

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SRINAGAR – The National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIELIT), Jammu and Kashmir, which is collaborating with IIT Bombay and was part of National Launch of Aakash Tablet among selected institutions across the country, gets 20 Aakash Tablets as its first consignment. The institute will receive 100 more Tablets soon.

President, Pranab Mukherjee, on Sunday formally launched the Aakash Tablet in New Dehli on National Education Day, being celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first Education Minister of Independent India.

IIT Bombay which is implementing the project “Aakash for Education” is supported by MHRD, Govt. of India under National Mission on Education through ICT.

About 22 crore students will get the device across the country in the next five to six years. By coming Monday alone, 20,000 devices are expected to reach out to the students.

Director NIELIT, A.H.Moon while briefing the press said, “Aakash is a low cost tablet developed indigenously to enhance the quality of educational applications and e-Learning contents. The low cost, high performance tablet will provide a platform for academic institutions, faculty, students, R&D teams and IT professionals from industry to enhance their quest for achieving academic excellence and undertake developmental work”.

Muneer Ahmad Dar, Scientist-B said, “Aakash is based on Android Operating System with 1Ghz processor, 512MB RAM and 7″ capacitive touch screen. Number of educational applications including Clicker used to conduct class quiz’s, C/C++ compilers, Python, Scilab etc, have been already ported to Aakash platform. The current price of Aakash tablet is stated to be Rs. 2263/- per tablet”.

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