Making of Aakash: The World's Cheapest Tablet

            
 
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Case Code : PROM012 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 500;
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Themes

Project Management / Public-Private Partnership / Infrastructure
Case Length : 17 pages
Period : 2006-2012
Pub Date : 2012
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India, Datawind Limited
Industry : Tablet
Countries : India

Abstract:

The case study 'Making of Aakash: The World's Cheapest Tablet' discusses how the world's cheapest tablet Aakash was developed by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India, along with its various partners. The MHRD's dream of providing a low cost tablet to every student under the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology resulted in the creation of Akash. The case study discusses the various challenges faced by the MHRD in the process of developing Aakash and how the challenges were overcome.

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It provides sufficient scope to understand the tablet industry, especially the low cost tablet segment. The case study also provides significant scope to examine the impact of the Aakash tablet and its potential to become a 'Game Changer' in the tablet industry, especially in developing countries.

Issues:

Understand the Indian Tablet Industry and the evolution of ‘Aakash’, an ambitious project of the Government of India
Understand how governments can set an audacious goal for themselves and work with various partners to turn it into reality
Understand the challenges faced by the Government of India in the development of Aakash
Analyze the potential of Aakash and its social and economical impact

Contents:

  Page No.
Introduction 1
National Mission on Education Through Information and Communication Technology(NME-ICT) 2
Indian Tablet Industry 3
Development of Aakash Tablet 5
Challenges in Development of Aakash 9
Looking Forward 10
Exhibits 12

Keywords:

Low cost tablet, Aakash, India, IIT Rajasthan, IIT Kanpur, Hivision Co., Ltd, Suneet Singh Tuli, Datawind Ltd, National Mission on Education Through Information and Communication Technology, NME-ICT, tablet industry, Olive Telecom, Samsung Tablet, iPad, Apple, Research in Motion (RIM), Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, Thailand, Panama, Italy, One Laptop Per Child, OLPC, Education, Online education, Vellore Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Aakash II, Sakshat, Kapil Sibal

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