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Friday, March 9, 2007

$100 laptops rejected in India

The Indian HRD ministry has rejected the concept of One laptop per child (OLPC). The authorities say that they don't want to experiment with children in this area. Negroponte of MIT Media Laboratory made a presentation and sought to sell one million of these laptops at $100 each. The other reasons attributed for rejecting the offer was, the HRD feels that it would better utilize the Rs.450 million (cost of buying these laptops) for upgrading the primary and secondary education. You can also read this new form these sources: Slashdot, Times of India

OLPC is a concept brought by the Nicholas Negroponte of MIT Media Laboratory. OLPC evolved with educating the underprivileged children in developing countries who have little access to school or where there is poor infrastructure. The main OLPC concept emphasis on self learning by the children using these laptops. Recently these one- hundred laptops were handed out to children in Nigerian test school, Galadima. To know more about this technology and current news click here.

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