India to showcase Aakash tablet at UN

Written by Press Trust of India | United Nations | Updated: Nov 4 2012, 06:20am hrs
India, which assumed this months rotating Presidency of the Security Council, will showcase its low-cost Aakash tablet at the United Nations, highlighting the country's innovation involved in the most competitively priced tablet computer. India's permanent representative to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri said a presentation on the tablet will be held on November 28 at the world bodys headquarters here to which UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will be invited.

Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO of Canada-based Datawind, which had won the Indian government's tender for making and supplying the tablets, will also be present on the occasion. Aakash has been "described as the most competitively priced tablet computer by an Indian-origin entrepreneur, Puri said at a news conference on Friday to outline the Council's monthly agenda under India's presidency. He said while the tablet would be called "frugal innovation" in UN terminology, it is a "competitively priced innovation."

Puri said the Indian mission to the UN took the initiative to showcase the tablet at the world body and other UN member states as well as mediapersons will be invited to the event. Tuli would make a presentation to the UN audience on Aakash, which was launched in October last year by the Indian government to make available computing devices to students at subsidised rates. The Indian mission intends to distribute a limited number of Aakash tablets to some member states.

A new version of the tablet PC, featuring one Ghz processor, four-hour battery time, capacitive screen and Android 4.0 operating system, is expected to be launched in India on November 11.