HRD Minister Kapil Sibal has reportedly said that the government plans to offer the low cost Aakash tablet free of cost to students across institutions in the county.So far, the much talked about tablet was being marketed to students at a discounted price.
The minister explained that the tablet would get a 50% government subsidy and the remaining cost will be covered by the educational institution where a students is enrolled.
According to approximate currency exchange figures, $35 USD (which is, admittedly, the government-subsidized price) is equivalent to Rs 1,758. The tablet would reportedly cost $70 if the students had to pay full retail price, that’s still only Rs 3,515. It’s unclear which insitutions will be offering the tablet for free, but the minister hopes that it will be all!