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Is Aakash destined for Philadelphia?

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According to highly placed sources, the $35 Aakash tablet could soon be on its way to schoolchildren in Philadelphia if talks with an American firm that has shown interest in the project works out.

Philadelphia-based Wilco Electronics is looking to procure the Aakash tablet for use by schoolchildren and disadvantaged sections there. The company is currently in negotiations with the Union Human Resource Development Ministry that is working on the touchscreen tablet along with its Canadian manufacturer Datawind,

Brigitte Daniel, executive vice president of Wilco, was in New Delhi late last year to personally experience how the tablet works and is learnt to be quite interested in the project. Brigitte Daniel been quoted in certain media outlets that her company, Wilco Electronic Systems, is currently in stages of exploring a relationship with Govt of India and/or Datawind (the company responsible for distributing the tablet) and may look to pilot use of the tablets in Philadelphia.

The Indian market for Aakash is all set to heat up. Next month, the HRD Ministry will invite bids for 5 million Aakash tablets and this will be an upgraded version with a better processor and touchscreen.

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