`India open to foreign expertise for Aakash`

Last Updated: Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 18:35

Panaji: India is open to collaboration with
international companies for future development of Aakash
tablet, which could make the low-cost device available for
children across the world, Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said
on Saturday.

Talking to PTI on the sidelines of `Goa Think Fest`
conclave here, Sibal said if any company wanted to collaborate
with Indian government on Aakash, it would be welcomed, as "we
want this tablet PC to be not only for the children of India,
but for the children of the world".

The under Rs 3,000 tablet, meant for college students,
was unveiled early last month.

The minister said that during his visit to UNESCO, he
found that Aakash had caught the attention of world leaders.

"IBM and Intel want to collaborate with India for further
development of this product without touching its price," he
said, adding that the next edition of the device would be much
more advanced, but will be available at the same price of USD
35.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 18:35

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