HRD Clears Air, DIT to Manage Tendering Process for Upgraded 'Aakash'

AakashA recent report has confirmed that the upgraded version of the much-talked-about, world's cheapest tablet PC, Aakash, would be fully managed by the Department of Information Technology. As of now, the development and manufacturing of all the IT and electronic products is managed by Department of IT.

The HRD Ministry has made it clear that they would be asking for fresh tenders to roll out soon so that the existing demand for an additional 22 crore units of Aakash could be met.

It was told that with the growing differences with the IIT-Rajasthan and Datawind, there were not many options left with the HRD Ministry. They have made it clear that the IIT would be solely responsible for procuring and developing the tablet and moreover, it would be the one deciding the tender’s future course for the next lot of tablets.

With this, there would be chance given to other companies to present their best possible offer to get selected for the tender. As per sources, the authorities have sent the Letter of Credit to Datawind already, and this means that they are surely in the race but others would be tested also. The best ones among all the applications would manufacture the next lot of the upgraded devices.

Datawind, as of now, is all set to roll out some 1, 00,000 units of the Aakash tablet, but other contenders would also be looked into. The tablet is told to be made available to students at the price of Rs 1,100, which was decided under the HRD Ministry's National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NME-ICT) project.

While the controversy had been getting pace of lately, it seems that situations have been made clearer by the HRD ministry this time.