According to reports, Aakash the cheapest tablet to be released ever, will now be available in college libraries for students to benefit. The Ministry of Human Resource Development has cut the cost to the tablet to half and offered the same to state governments. The government body is heading the 4,600-crore National Mission for Education and encouraging students to use the low-cost Aakash tablet in college libraries which will also be available on rent.
The tablet will be helpful to students studying in fields such as engineering, science and humanities – video lectures are already pre-loaded on the tablet. "The duration of rental can be decided by the college," a government official said on condition of anonymity. "Ultimately, we want Aakash to reach all 220 million school and college students. But until then, we would have to find ways for its optimum utilization."
Since its launch in 2010, the government of India has made efforts to distribute around 10, 000 units of the tablets across the country.
Additionally, the Center is working on specifications to enhance the tablet even further. For one, it is likely that it will have a capacitive touch screen like the one on Apple iPad’s. Plus, the speed will also be improved – students have complained of complications while working on heavy applications on Aakash.