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HYDERABAD: One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), a nonprofit
organisation that has developed a low-cost connected laptop, is aiming to sell
one million laptops within India during the current financial year.
"Momentum has just begun in India and we are
targeting government primary schools," said Satish Jham, chairman, OLPC India
Speaking to media on the sidelines of eINDIA
2010, he said the organisation sold over 2.5 million units across 40 countries.
In India, there are over 2,000 OLPC laptops, which come loaded with wikipedia
content and wiki dictionary.
Manipur was the first state to have adopted 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 has expressed
interest in procuring the laptops. We will be talking to the officials concerned
shortly," said Jha.
Comparing it with the Ministry of Human Resources
Development (MHRD)'s lowestpriced laptop at $10 (approximately Rs 500) announced
earlier, Jha said the MHRD's computer had fewer features. "They need to be
inexpensive but not cheap," Jha said.
According to OLPC, the laptop is an efficient
learning tool developed for children in developing countries. It will offer
children a rugged, lowcost, lowpower, connected laptop with content and software
designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.