OLPC Aims To Sell 1 million Units In The Indian Market
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One Laptop Per Child aims to sell more units of its product to Indian schools by the end of this current fiscal year.
The OLPC foundation has revealed that they are in talks with the Indian Government to sell around 1 million units of their current generation XO Laptop in the Indian market.
The Laptop designed by OLPC foundation aims to make laptop affordable for school children in developing countries and will come preloaded with software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.
Official sources claim that the organization has sold over 2.5 million units across 40 countries. In India, there are over 2,000 OLPC laptops, which come loaded with wikipedia content and wiki dictionary.
While Manipur was the first state to have adopted this technology in government schools, the Kerala government is in the process of procuring 1,50,000 units and the Gujarat Government has placed an order for 3,50,000 units to be distributed in government schools across the State. The company is in talks also with Andhra Pradesh Government on the purchase of OLPC laptops for school children.
Recently after India displayed its 35$ laptop, Nicholas Negroponte, founder for the OLPC Foundation wrote an open letter to the Indian government, offering India with free and open access to all their technology free of cost and evinced interest to collaborate. It is to be seen whether India will take up the offer.