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Sky's the limit for cyber growth

Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO, Datawind speaks at the HT conclave in Lucknow.

lucknow Updated: May 27, 2012 15:38 IST
Hindustan Times

Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav's announcement about giving tablets and laptops to students would bring about an education revolution in the state. Making this point, Suneet Singh Tuli, chief executive officer of Datawind, the inventor of the much-talked about Aakash, explained how this would happen.

As many as 150 million of UP's population of 200 million are cellphone users but only four million people surf the internet.

This huge gap would be bridged to a great extent once the youngsters of the state use the free laptops and tablet PCs given to them, Tuli predicted.

Tuli, who hails from Punjab but migrated to Canada years ago, is now designing, developing and manufacturing Aakash in collaboration with a premier engineering institute.

Focusing on the economic benefit of the chief minister's announcement, he said, "Imagine the number of jobs that would be created if all these gadgets were manufactured in the state."

First Published: May 27, 2012 15:21 IST