I-slate is a model that can be replicated across the country and will change the face of education in India.
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In the rural areas of the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh, a lack of electricity and dearth of teachers are obstacles to a functioning school system. A newly developed electronic device called I-slate, which runs on solar energy and encourages self-learning among children, may open up new perspectives, provided the government supports this new technology.

Mahabub nagar district in the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh, one of the poorest in India, is drought hit and cut off from basic transportation and electricity. School facilities are limited due to a lack of teachers and almost no electricity.
To fight this problem, Dr. Krishna Palem, a professor at Rice University in Houston/USA and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, worked on an electronic solution that was presented in 2008 as “I-slate”, a low-cost and energy saving tablet. This tablet works on solar power and is hence more suited for a rural setup where there are power problems. The new technology was tested out in the small village of Mohamad Husain Palli in Andhra Pradesh by the Singapore-based Institute of Sustainable and Applied Infodynamics (ISAID) along with Vidal (Villages for Development and Learning Foundation), a NGO working in the rural areas of Andhra Pradesh that was founded by Rajeswari Pingali.

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