$100 Laptops for Indian Students
A low-cost laptop being developed for educational uses by India’s government in tandem with two leading educational and research institutions in that country will cost $100 when it becomes available — not $10, as previously stated by the government.
A spokesman for D. Purandeswari, India’s minister of state for higher education, said today that the envisioned price of the laptop was listed incorrectly in the transcript of a speech that Purandeswari gave at a conference in Delhi on Tuesday.
The transcript, which was provided to reporters by the Indian government’s press bureau, quoted the minister as saying that the government was aiming to offer $10 laptops to students. It has since been corrected to include the actual price that she mentioned in the speech.
Research work toward the development of the low-cost laptop is being done at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras. However, the Indian government has yet to disclose any information about the laptop’s features and technical specifications, nor has it said whether the price would include a government subsidy.
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