India Orders 2,50,000 OLPCs , dumps $10 Laptops

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Govt. Of India has signed an agreement with the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Foundation to purchase 2,50,000 OLPC XO laptops from the foundation for distribution across the country. Well this story has got some twists and turns. earlier in 2006 India has not shown interest in signing an agreement with OLPC organization saying "it would be impossible to justify an expenditure of this scale on a debatable scheme when public funds continue to be in inadequate supply for well-established needs listed in different policy documents" and stated plans to make laptops at $10 each for school children.

$10 laptons that huge Flop story which made Indians down in the global market. Whole world was waiting for that laptop and after the release of that 10$ laptop the world said its nothing more than a computing device. Again Govt. has look back for some other option and the only option they are left with is to sign an contract with OLPC organization and it has been done.Nearly 1,500 Indian schools will get the latest batch of 2,50,000 OLPC XO laptops, according to some media reports.

The One Laptop Per Child Association, Inc. (OLPC) is a non-profit organisation set up to oversee the creation of an affordable educational device for use in the developing world. The goal of the foundation is to "to create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning." Its current focus is on the development, construction and deployment of the XO-1 laptop.

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