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English Release 27-March 2015
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  • President's Secretariat
  • President of India Confers Bharat Ratna on Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • President’s Ram Navami greetings
  • Vice President's Secretariat
  • Vice President Greets Citizens on Ram Navami
  • Prime Minister's Office
  • Text of PM’s statement to the media after the Bharat Ratna award was conferred to Former PM Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • Text of PM’s address at inauguration ceremony of “Urja Sangam-2015”
  • Historic Day for India, says PM
  • Team of First All India Services Expedition to Mt. Everest calls on PM
  • PM at Urja Sangam 2015
  • Min for Develop. of North-East Region
  • Dr. Jitendra Singh announces 'DoNER at doorstep' concept
  • Min of Agriculture
  • Radha Mohan Singh Emphasises on the Importance of Soil Health Management, Irrigation and Organic Farming
  • Sowing Area under Rabi Rice and Summer Crops
  • Price Stabilisation Fund
  • State-Wise Revised Affected Area under Rabi Crops During end of February to till date 26.03.2015
  • Min of Comm. & Information Technology
  • Commemorative Postage Stamp release on Engineers India Limited (EIL)
  • Government to Invest 10 Billion US $ in the Chip Manufacturing Facilities Coming up in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Field Offices Under Chief Commissioners of Customs/Central Excise/Service Tax to Remain open tomorrow, 28th March, 2015 to Facilitate filing of Returns/Payment of Taxes
  • FM Stresses the need for use of more Accounted Money and Discourage of use of Unaccounted Money: Focuses on use of Plastic Money such as Credit Card, Rupay Card and Cheques in lieu of Hard Currency

  • Min of Health and Family Welfare
  • Need to enhance awareness among people to encourage organ donation: Health Secretary
  • Min of Home Affairs
  • Government declared National Mourning on March 29, 2015
  • Min of Petroleum & Natural Gas
  • Global crude oil price of Indian Basket was US$ 57.03 per bbl on 26.03.2015
  • Ministry of Railways
  • Report of Committee on Traffic Optimization Presented to Railway Minister within Stipulated Time
  • Suresh Prabhu Inaugurates Landmark Lumding-Silchar (Assam) Broad Gauge Railway Line Project by Flagging off A Goods Train - Bringing This Region on the National Broad Guage Railway Map
  • Min of Science & Technology
  • Dr Harsh Vardhan Dedicates the “Apex Metrology Laboratory” at the National Physical Laboratory in New Delhi Today
  • Ministry of Water Resources
  • Storage Status of 85 Important Reservoirs of the Country as on March 26, 2015
  • Min of Youth Affairs and Sports
  • Government plans to launch - Ek Saal Desh Ke Naam
  • NITI Aayog
  • First meeting of sub-group on rationalisation of centrally sponsored schemes held by NITI Aayog

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Ministry of Human Resource Development22-July, 2010 17:31 IST
Low Cost access –Cum-Computing Device Unveiled by Shri Kapil Sibal
The Union Minister for human Resource Development, Shri Kapil Sibal unveiled a low cost computing-cum-access device, here today. The price of the device exhibited today is expected to be around $35 per piece, gradually dropping down to $20 and ultimately to $10 a piece. Since this effort of continuous reduction in price and enhancement in capabilities would require a constant endeavour for R&D, IIT Rajasthan and some other IITs and technical institutions are setting up research teams to cover a wide range of issues in achieving our ultimate goal in terms of price and quality.

The three cardinal principles of the Education Policy viz., access, equity and quality could be served well by providing connectivity to all colleges and universities, providing low cost and affordable access cum computing devices to students and teachers and providing high quality e-content free of cost to all learners in the Country. National Mission on Education through ICT (NMEICT) encompasses all the three elements. Connectivity to Universities and Colleges has already started. Nearly 8500 Colleges in the country have already been connected, high quality e-content in various subjects is being created and under the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL), nearly 500 web based and video courses are available and uploaded on “sakshat”, YouTube and NPTEL portals and another 1100 courses in various disciplines of engineering and science are getting generated in 4 quadrant approach.

The ministry started its efforts , subsequent to lukewarm response from known corporates in this sector, by holding discussions on this concept with a group of Professors / experts at IISc, Bangalore, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and IIT Bombay. B.Tech and M.Tech students were guided to produce the mother board for such low cost devices with ample flexibility to change components. One mother board design was generated under Ministry’s guidance in the B.Tech project of a student at VIT, Vellore. The cost of bill of material worked to 47 $ at that point of time. The PCB of the mother board was got fabricated at IIT Kanpur. It could be seen that by customising the device to the needs of learners across the country, and utilizing the processor capabilities of processors suitable for the purpose, it was possible to substantially reduce the prices of such access-cum-computing devices. Then started a wave of collaboration with such interested partners.

. A number of teams have been moving back and forth independently but constantly interacting with the HRD Ministry and improving upon design parameters and customization guidance for Indian students. The efforts of some of the teams working with those design philosophies were presented today. The aim is to reach such devices to the students of colleges and Universities and to provide these institutions a host of choices of low cost access devices around Rs. 1500/- ($35) or less in near future.

MV/Hb
(Release ID :63417)

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