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President Launches Aakash 2

President Pranab Mukherjee and the Human Resources & Development (HRD) Minister, MM Pallam Raju launched the much awaited and talked about Tablet of the nation, “Aakash 2” on the occasion of National Education Day at Vigyan Bhawan.

The Aakash 2 Tablet has been designed, developed and manufactured by DataWind Ltd. for supply to IIT Bombay under the Human Resources & Development ministry’s National Mission on Education through Information & Communication Technology (NME-ICT).

The launch was part of a two-day workshop conducted by IIT Bombay for teaching faculties in engineering colleges using remote training applications developed at IIT Bombay’s Open Source development lab. 

Over the last many months, IIT Bombay has developed unique and compelling applications for engineering students on the Aakash2 platform, which include 3D-modelling, C++ programming, remote and collaborative training applications, robotic control and live assessment tools.  IIT Bombay has partnered with the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), to assist with the hardware testing and logistics.

The commercial version of the Aakash2 unit is branded as UbiSlate 7Ci, and is available for purchase on DataWind’s website.

Speaking on the launch of Aakash 2, DataWind CEO, Suneet Singh Tuli said, “We wish to use technology to fight poverty with a passion.  Access to computers and internet will help deliver a better quality education and level the playing field for all Indians”. Forbes Magazine recently recognized Suneet Singh Tuli in its annual Impact 15 list of Social Entrepreneurs whose disruptive technologies is expected to be globally impactful. 

12-Nov-2012 07:44:36
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