“Unlike other tablet devices, Aakash can also be used to create computer programs, in Python, C, C++ and Scilab,” he told media persons, adding further that it features accessing e-governance services and launch of the upgraded version could be the first week of month July.
Datawind, the UK based company that manufactured the initial version of the Aakash tablet. As per report, it had submitted about 100 tablets to IIT-Bombay for testing and that the government has approved the specifications for the upgraded version.
“The government has approved the specifications,” Datawind CEO Sunit Singh Tuli said while talking to media, he added, it will be launched soon in the market.
Further said, the production of the Aakash-II tablets will begin a few days before the launch of device in the market.
Datawind was the same company that received about one lakh order of manufacturing the tablets from HRD Ministry in India along with IIT-Rajasthan to make possible the supply to the students at subsidised price Rs 1,100-1,200 each.
However soon, IIT-Rajasthan had rejected the tablet due to lack in performance, poor build quality and less than satisfactory battery and after that the project shifted to IIT Bombay.
Source said that Sibal who was inaugurating a teacher training programme under ‘talk to a teacher’ project of the National Mission on Education through ICT, suggested IIT-Bombay Director Devang Khakhar to present Aakash devices to heads of a few training programme associated institutions.