The National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT) aims to leverage the potential of ICT in providing high-quality, personalized and interactive knowledge modules over the internet in any-time, any-where mode.
To do so, a computing device that was low in cost but rich in features, was seen as an imperative.
The low cost tablet PC ‘Aakash’ launched by the Central government will bring down the digital divide to a good extent.
In the XI Plan, under NMEICT, there is a provision for providing 50 percent subsidy to colleges and universities for procuring computing devices like ‘Aakash’ as per their requirements.
The colleges and universities could then issue these devices to financially weak students from the library on the pattern of the Book Bank Scheme. Thus, the individual subsidy to poor students like SC, ST and OBC for buying Aakash tablets may not be needed.