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Bahrain school eyeing 600 Aakash tablets

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First published: February 21, 2012, 1:18 PM IST | Updated: February 21, 2012
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Bahrain school eyeing 600 Aakash tablets
The Aakash is a low-cost tablet computer with a 7-inch touch screen priced around $ 35.

Dubai: Students of an Indian school in Bahrain will soon get the world's cheapest tablet computer 'Aakash', developed by India's Human Resources Development Ministry.

Class 12 students of the Indian School Bahrain will get a tablet each soon, executive committee chairman of the school Abraham John has said. He said that about 600 Aakash laptops will be made available to the students.

"Students will be able to enhance their knowledge, improve their projects and correspond with teachers and experts as they learn and expand their vision," John told Bahrain's Gulf Daily News.

"The laptops will help in more positive output in examinations and help students make informed decisions, especially in their careers," he said.

He said that the first consignment will be distributed to class 12 students and followed by class 11.

"The distribution is in line with Indian government's directives," he said.

The Aakash is a low-cost tablet computer with a 7-inch touch screen priced around $ 35. It was launched in New Delhi on October 5, 2011.

The device was developed as part of the HRD ministry's aim to link 25,000 colleges and 400 universities in an e-learning programme.

Aakash was developed in two versions by British-Indian company Datawind. The advanced model is Akash Ubislate 7, while the less advanced version is for lower level students.

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