OLPC offers help to launch laptop @ Rs 1500

Posted By: Abdul Nisar
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New Delhi, Aug 6: One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) founder, Nicholas Negroponte, offered help to Indian government in fulfilling India's '$35 laptop dream.'

Negroponte wrote a letter to Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) in which he offered the help. If India accepts the offer, it will be an helpful venture to both the parties.

"The world needs your device and leadership. Your tablet is not an answer or competitor to OLPC's XO laptop. It is a member of a family dedicated to creating peace and prosperity through the transformation of education. I offer full access to all of our technology, cost free. I urge you to send a team to MIT and OLPC at your earliest convenience so we can share our results with you." wrote Negroponte in his open letter.

On Friday, Jul 23 Human Resource Development Minister, Kapil Sibal announced the project to launch laptop at Rs 1500 in 2011. The ministry also invited private players to produce similar low cost computers.

However, Negroponte has not so cordial relations with India's Ministry of Human Resource Development which had earlier turned down his proposals to bring the OLPC to India.

The OLPC is non-profit organization set up to oversee the creation of an affordable educational device for use in the developing world. Its mission is to create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.

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