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Datawind steps out of Aakash Tablet Project

|February 21 2012 |Industry News, Android Tablets, Aakash

Canada based Datawind Limited company that is involved in production of World's cheapest tablet Aakash is out of the game. The company is no more associated with the nation's prestigious project, said Kapil Sibal Telecom and HRD Minister, Government of India. Also, it is confirmed that the project will be lead by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and state-owned telecom equipment manufacturer Indian Telecom Industries (ITI).


Aakash tablet originally developed by the Indian Institute of Technology-Rajasthan was planned to be made available to Students at Rs.1100, after Government subsidy. Datawind Limited took over the project and was able to deliver ten thousand units of tablets to Government of India. Later, the project ran rough to face several allegations like the company is using outdated technology with inadequate specifications. Above all these allegations, there were several questions raised on project tenders handled by an educational institute IIT-Rajasthan. The project named Aakash which denotes Sky is very much related to the scenario. A common man cannot reach the heights of sky and to the project Aakash indeed. Every turn in the project is leading to a delayed problems.

According to Telecom and HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, "There have been some problems with Datawind, I must confess. Therefore, I have got into the act. IT ministry has got C-DAC and ITI into the act and I am going to ensure that this product is fully indigenous and truly an Indian product. Well, 2012... Aakash-II should be launched. There have been some hiccups in the way. Remember when you do a project of this nature and when your dream is as big as this, things are never that smooth."

In reply to the above comments, an official spokesperson of Datawind said, "the company does not have any communication from the HRD ministry about this development.”

Similarly, ITI CMD K L Dhingra claims that there is no official communication from the Ministry about the project. However, ITI was quite capable of handling the project of this scale.

via [Business Standard]

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