Indian Institute

India has developed laptop cheaper worldwide, which has a touch screen and costs 35 dollars (27 euros). The Minister of development of human resources of India, Kapil Sibal, introduced this week July 23, 2010 the device’s low cost, which was designed for students, and said that his Ministry has begun to negotiate with international manufacturers to start production on a large scale. We have reached a stage (in development) that today, the motherboard, your chip, processor, connectivity, all of them cost cumulatively near $35, including memory, screen, all, Sibal said at a press conference. He added that the computer contains Internet browsers, a reader of files in PDF format and computer support for videoconferencing, but its hardware was created with sufficient flexibility to incorporate new components according to the needs of the user. Sibal explained that the computer that runs on the Linux operating system, would be introduced in institutions of higher education from 2011, but will seek to further reduce its price, first to $20 and finally to $10. The device was developed by research teams in the two main technological institutes of India, the Indian Institute of technology and the Indian Institute of science.

India spends about 3 percent of its annual budget on education, and has improved its literacy rates above 64 percent of its population of 1.2 billion inhabitants. However, some reports have shown that many students have difficulties reading or writing, and most State schools have inadequate facilities. By Leonel Morales.

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