Aakash tablet, which was launched as an affordable computer substitution for Indian students, has always been surrounded by controversies ever since its inception. It has only been a while ago when former HRD minister Kapil Sibal s pet project was yet again in news for its possible scrapping off by the government. Here we have another chapter added to the tablet project, as the Minister for Communications and Information Technology Kapil Sibal further tries to push his pet Aakash project amongst the government officials. According to a report by The Hindu, Sibal in a recently held conference said that government officials should increasingly use tablets instead of personal computers and the government should give an Aakash tablet to every government official.
Speaking at the CII s annual general meeting held yesterday, Sibal reportedly said, Just a day before I was having a meeting with regard to a government programme, which aims at training 40 lakh employees in the government with computers so that we can do lot of services electronically. My answer was that in three year s time we are not going to have computers.
Further, Sibal also mentioned that computers would be a costly affair, and hinted at these being an additional burden, which could easily be substituted by tablets. He thus suggested Aakash as the best and cheap substitute and said that, If I know that the world is moving towards iPads, why I would train people in computers? In any case a computer costs Rs 20,000, while a tablet costs only Rs 4,000. Make Aakash the platform and hand over it to every employee .
The Minister further promoted Aakash over computer by adding that while computers would require users to be trained, Aakash tablet is as simple and easy to operate that even a child would learn to use it with an ease. He said that, Tablet is a self learning process you don t have to teach anybody. Use technology and allow people to learn because we cannot wait for the people to be taught.