fbpx

Priced At Just Rs 10K, This Affordable Laptop By IIT-B Professor Is A Boon For Poor Students

Follow Us On

Life of a college student without a smartphone and a high-end laptop might be quite unimaginable for many of us. But the reality speaks otherwise. When IIT Bombay Professor Dr Kannan Moudgalya saw that even the students at IIT could not afford laptops he decided to do something about it. 

As a result, Dr Moudgalya along with a group of researchers at IIT-Bombay invented Affordable Laptop. A compact and high-performing device laced with cutting-edge technology that would cost only Rs 10000. Compared to popular brands flooding the market, Affordable Laptop offers similar features at less than half the cost. 

No one has ever become poor by giving
– Anne Frank

The Affordable Laptop Comes With High-End Features

The latest model of Affordable Laptop comes with an 11.6-inch screen, Intel Atom processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage space, 10000 mAH battery power and Linux Operating System. “One might wonder how we managed to create a model with such excellent specifications at such a low cost. Actually, for these high-end brands, a lot of money goes into the branding, marketing and sales distribution. But, for us, all of that cost was eliminated. We sell these laptops only in bulk orders, say, in a bunch of 100 or 200,” explains Dr Moudgalya. 

A prototype of the laptops was distributed among IIT-B freshers for free while an upgraded version is being sold to schools and colleges in interior villages. So far 1600 laptops have been sold along with an additional order for 200 units, which are currently being manufactured.

Support the cause you care for. Browse All CampaignsBrowse all campaigns
2,00,000 meals served

KHAANACHAHIYE: Fighting Hunger In COVID19

95,07,689 Raised
Out of 1,00,00,000

Share

Many IIT Students Can’t Afford Laptops

“Few years ago, we designed a low-cost tablet which was an instant favourite among school and college students. But, to be honest, a tablet is a consumption device. For college students who constantly need to work on their computers, there is no substitute for a laptop,” Dr Moudgalya explains their inspiration behind the Affordable Laptop.

Affordable Laptop
IIT-B students with the Affordable Laptop

As a senior professor, he had seen many IIT freshers from villages and economically weaker families who knew little about using a computer. Their merit have landed them coveted seats in an IIT, but they were unable to progress at the same pace with their well-to-do batchmates, who did own laptops. “The students need personal laptops all the time to practise coding and everything else. So we decided to find a solution for them,” shares Dr Moudgalya.

Affordable Laptop
School students using the laptop

Unfortunate Experience With The Free Laptop Initiative

The first model of Affordable Laptop was launched around two years ago. With a 10-inch screen and ARM processor, the laptop was priced at Rs 7,500. Free prototypes of the same were distributed among IIT students.

“To our shock, within a week most of the laptops came back to us – broken, damaged and even beyond repair. In one laptop, I found that the screen was literally cut through in the middle with some sharp object. The student admitted his mistake of keeping a sharp knife carelessly and then closing the laptop screen,” Dr Moudgalya narrates the initial experience of on-campus students with Affordable Laptop.

The team of researchers soon realised that these students had had little exposure to technology throughout their school life. In addition, they did not assess its worth properly since it was given for free.

Affordable Laptop
The latest model of Affordable Laptop

“So, the next time, when we upgraded to a better model, we decided to charge a small fee of Rs 500 to the students for using the laptop. We also lease the laptop to them for a certain period with a security deposit of Rs 1000. Now, we do not face any reports of damages or mishandling of the laptops,” Dr Moudgalya narrates.

Affordable Laptop
The team of researchers who designed Affordable Laptop

Better Version On Its Way

Moudgalya and his team are currently working on phase 2 of Affordable Laptop project, where one can expect a bigger, better and sleeker upgraded version, with added specifications at a nominal cost. Efforts For Good sincerely appreciates the extraordinary initiative by the team and hopes that their Affordable Laptop can usher in the true essence of Digital India.

Love this story? Want to share a positive story?
Write to us: [email protected]
Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram

Let us know your thoughts on this story

Quote
It's not how much we give
but how much love we put into giving.
- Mother Theresa Quote

Goonj Is Working With 1000’s Of Volunteers & Partner NGOs To Provide Covid-19 Relief In 18 States

Follow Us On

With the extension of the lockdown the crisis of migrant labourers and daily wagers has just grown bigger due to uncertainty and fear of future. In the migrant colonies, slums and for people in the villages hunger and desperation is building up day by day. This is high time we step up our efforts to support our people who are in dire need of food and hygiene essentials to survive the pandemic, Covid-19.

After the India-wide lockdown, a lot of jobless migrant workers are stuck in cities with hardly any resources while many started retreating back to their villages. With the loss of livelihoods, a large number of them are now struggling to support their families.

Goonj activated its pan India teams and a pan India network of partner organizations and volunteers in urban and rural India. This network, built over the last two decades, helps them learn from the ground, reach material quickly and review and adapt strategy periodically. Intensifying this network has helped Goonj reach and start work across 17produced states/UT in the last three weeks.
Support the cause you care for. Browse All CampaignsBrowse all campaigns
2,00,000 meals served

KHAANACHAHIYE: Fighting Hunger In COVID19

95,07,689 Raised
Out of 1,00,00,000

Share

Goonj’s focus: 

Majority of the Covid-19 relief work by non profits right now is in the metros and cities but Goonj is the only non profit that is also simultaneously focusing on the people in the villages and the ones stuck on highways or somewhere.

Goonj is targeting daily wagers, migrants and other vulnerable groups, who even traditionally are left out like the disabled, sex workers, LGBTQ community.

“COVID-19 is a crisis, yes…But, it’s also an opportunity for us to build the society anew. Not ‘for’ the people…but, ‘with’ the people. And in the process, we will build ourselves too.” – Anshu Gupta, Founder-Director, Goonj.

Direct Monetary and Material Transfer

Wherever Goonj got the permission to open their centres for packing and disbursement of relief material kits, they are creating a kit consisting of 20-30 kgs material including dry rations, masks, sanitary pads and other hygiene material and reaching them to people, as per needs and as per regulations with all safety precautions. This kit will help a family survive for 30 days.

Information till 10th April 2020:

  • Distributed 15,100 ration kits reaching thousands of people
  • Reached 17,700 families
  • Supporting 12 community kitchen across India with 16,600kgs of ration
  • 77,800 food packets provided to migrant laborers and daily wagers walking on the roads across the country.
  • Provided direct financial support to 32 organisations
  • Made 42,800 cloth face masks
  • 24,900 cloth sanitary napkins produced
  • Produced 1500 litres of organic sanitiser

In Goonj’s processing centers its trained team of women are making cloth face masks and cloth sanitary pads (MY-Pads), keeping all the precautions and with the permission and cooperation of the local authorities.

In this lock-down phase if you are facing any difficulty getting sanitary pads or you are running out of stock, here’s a detailed but very simple process of making Cloth Pads at home created by Goonj. “This is how we make Goonj MY Pads.” This is how our mothers and grandmothers turned their spare cloth into pads.

This disaster, unlike any other, is unprecedented in its scale and impact and that’s why we all must do our bit with Goonj to continue its relief work for millions of people in this still unfolding long-tailed disaster.

The need is huge.. We are there.. Need You too !!

Let us know your thoughts on this story

Quote
It's not how much we give
but how much love we put into giving.
- Mother Theresa Quote
Next Click right arrow to read the next story Previous