The device has been developed as part of the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) that aims to link 25,000 colleges and 400 universities in an e-learning program via an existing Sakshat portal.
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal unveiled a prototype on July 22, 2010. The price of the device exhibited was projected to be around $35 per piece, gradually dropping down to $20 and ultimately to $10 each. As for 2011, the price of the Tablet has changed to USD$49. However, the GoI said that can cover half of the price. Sibal assured that the much anticipated slate will be released on October 5, 2011.
This project was the outcome of experts coming together. These laptops are going to be given out by HRD ministry. It is being considered that these laptops would prove to be an asset for the students and will give them opportunity to excel in education.
The device would have internet browsers, PDF reader, video conferencing facilities, open office, sci-lab, media player, remote device management capability, multimedia input-output interface option, and multiple content viewer.
The Centre purports that these laptops would be offered at such a low price because they are a source of spreading literacy via technological methods.