India's low cost 'Aakash' tablet project closed in March

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 12, 2015 22:40 IST

An RTI query has revealed that India's low cost tablet project 'Aakash' was closed down in March 2015.

“The Aakash project at IIT Bombay was closed on 31st March, 2015, after successfully completing all targets. Specifications for future upgraded version has been submitted to the government. IIT Bombay is not in knowledge of future plans," IIT Bombay said in a reply to the RTI query.

Initially, IIT Rajasthan was entrusted with the project, which it returned to Ministry of Human Resource Development. The project then went to IIT Bombay and since then the institute had been overseeing it.

Other than procuring one lakh devices, the other targets including its sample testing in labs and establishment of over 300 Aakash centres which were engineering colleges across the country were also achieved, it said.

A total of Rs 47.72 crores was approved for the project and this amount has been spent to achieve the targets, the reply said.

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