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OLPC to sell 1 million low-cost laptops in India

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), a non-profit organisation has developed a low-cost laptop with an aim to sell one million laptops in India during the fiscal year 2010-2011. “Momentum has just begun in India and we are targeting government primary schools,” said Satish Jha, chairman, OLPC India Foundation.

He said the organisation has sold over 2.5 million units across 40 countries. The OLPC laptops are loaded with wikipedia content and wiki dictionary.

Reporedly, Manipur was the first state to adopt this technology in government schools. Kerala is in the process of procuring 1, 50,000 units, while Gujarat placed an order for 3, 50,000 units to be distributed in government schools across the state.

“Even the government of AP (Andhra Pradesh) has expressed interest in procuring the laptops. We will be talking to the officials concerned shortly,” said Jha.

According to Jha, the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development.s (MHRD) low priced laptops have fewer features comparing to the OLPC laptops. “They need to be inexpensive but not cheap,” Jha added.

[Source: Express Buzz]
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