Is $10 (Rs500) laptop a real stuff?

One Laptop Per Child, $10 laptop
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If so, this is surely going to be one of the most important inventions in decades that will help improve millions of lives and bridge the gap between the rich and poor, though gradually.

On 3 February, India's human resource development minister is going to unveil the prototype of the $10 laptop developed as a collaborative effort among the Vellore Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. All eyes are set for the event in Tirupati.

If the laptop has some merit, it will have the potential to change the education scenario of not only India, but the world. Given the availability of open source courseware on the Web, the lack of good teachers in government schools, colleges will become less of a problem with the goverment also planning to provides free Internet connection to students.

The government in September 2006 had announced plans to develop a $10 laptop for students. A plan was devised by officials of the human resource development and telecom ministries, along with experts from Indian Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science, to provide laptops to children for Rs 450 (or $10) each.

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project launched by MIT's Nicholas Negroponte has been able to provide laptops at about $125 $190. If the $10 laptop stands anywhere close, or in a better position, to this laptop, it will be able to do what OLPC project wanted to do but hasn't succeeded so far.

The Times of India News
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Author: Nyutech

Date: Sunday, February 1, 2009

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