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Feb042009

India unveils Sakshat $20 Laptop

In an attempt to bridge the “digital divide” in the country between rich and poor, the India government unveiled the Rs. 500 (£7.25, $20) laptop, called Sakshat, which translates as “before your eyes”, will be launched as part of a new Rs46bn “national mission for education”. This envisages a network of laptops from which students can access lectures, coursework and specialist help from anywhere in India, triggering a revolution in education. A number of publishers have reportedly agreed to upload portions of their textbooks on to the system.

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