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TMCNet:  Datawind set to bridge the Digital Divide ; Best known for the Aakash tablets, the firm will soon start a series of educational partnerships. [India Today]

[May 06, 2014]

Datawind set to bridge the Digital Divide ; Best known for the Aakash tablets, the firm will soon start a series of educational partnerships. [India Today]

(India Today Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Datawind, a company known for revolutionising digital education through their series of low cost Aakash and UbiSlate tablet computers, is all set to take their offerings to the next level through a series of educational partnerships. The company, which lays claim to several international tech patents, aims to empower three billion people in India with affordable mobile computers and Internet.


Last year the company collaborated with TES India, a 105-year- old online teachers community, to offer end users a libarary of five lakh ready-to-use and free educational material. An application created for this purpose also has learning materials available for several courses like Bachelor of Arts, B.Com, B. Ed, general awareness, the entire CBSE syllabus, educational presentations, language ourses and awareness of social issues. "We aim to bring a PC Tablet for every student in India, but the hardware itself is not enough to serve the purpose of empowerment. This partnership with TES India allows users to access high quality, interactive and engaging educational content for free. It also strengthens the teacher's community so that they can deliver quality education which is a need of the hour," says Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO and President of Datawind.

To meet educational challenges in India, DataWind has worked to address the key demands of a large population, whose poor communities often face disproportionally high rates of illiteracy. The company is focused on expanding the roll-out of the Aakash tablet, which is designed to be affordable, deliver high quality content, and provide access at the lowest cost or for free, where possible. By 2017, DataWind has already set a target to distribute five million tablets in India and expects that more than 80 per cent will reach individuals who live at the base of the pyramid - living on less than Rs 480 a day.

This year the company has already stepped up its initiatives in the education sector through a new collaboration with Happiest Minds to develop cloud-based apps and solutions on UbiSlate.

Why buy the soon-tobe-launched Aakash4 -- Priced at only Rs 3,999 -- Comes with Wi-Fi and EDGE -- Internal memory of 8MB -- Runs on the latest Android -- technology -- Users can access a variety of free education resources and apps (c) 2014 ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved.

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