Students in India will have more options to choose from as far as low-cost tablets go with a global education company launching an android tablet costing Rs 5,000.
International education company AcrossWorld along with Delhi-based Go-Tech would launch a tablet, called ATabin, in the second week of March.
The seven-inch android touchscreen tablet will have a three-year free access to education technology platform 'EducationBridge' which allows academic institutions, teachers and students to use a variety of content and educational resources through a software called open source.
The tablet, however, is not that cheap as Aakash, which the government had launched in 2011. Aakash is the world's lowest priced tablet at $35 (about Rs 1,700).
Announcing the launch, president and chief executive of AcrossWorld, Stephan Thieringer said the tablet will make a variety of resources available to Indian students.
"With the availability of ATab, Indian schools will be able to discover and leverage world-class educational content at their fingertips. It is very timely and appropriate that India schools and colleges alike seriously explore advanced technology solutions that provide instant access to the world's best educational resources , especially now within an affordable budget," said Thieringer.
According to company officials, about a dozen schools and colleges from various Indian cities such as Delhi, Kanpur, Allahabad, Rourkela and Gaujarala have indicated keen interest in the tablet.
"By bundling free access to AcrossWorld's global premium educational content, ATab is not just a book shelf, but a whole library full of the world's best Open Source knowledge for schools and higher educational institutes," said Gaurav Khanna, CEO, Go Tech.