We aim at developing useful Open Source applications and content for use on Aakash. These will encompass the entire educational spectrum from schools to colleges, and from vocational training to professional studies. Our goal is
to complete useful development of engineering colleges, and to build a large community of thousands of these talented professional students and teachers, to carry out large scale development of applications and content for use in all
schools and colleges. Content in Indian languages will receive special attention.
Our long term vision is to create and sustain collaborative research efforts to work continuously on Aakash related R&D.
IIT Bombay has several groups which work across disciplines, to address many hard research problems. Additionally, we have research teams focused on tackling many important problems for many national projects under NMEICT. Some of these are: ‘Talk to a teacher’ project, which includes ‘teach 1000 teachers’ programs, spoken tutorials, e-Yantra systems, virtual labs, educational animations, Free and Open Source software for Science and Engineering (FOSSEE), development of design contents, pedagogy for education using ICT, etc. Aakash project will coherently synergize all these efforts, to make the tablet an integral part of all the deliverables.
Our initial efforts have already led to success in porting some key applications such as: use of digital video content developed using the ProxyMITY tool and spoken tutorials, ‘Clicker’ classroom response system, controlling an educational Robot using Aakash, and basic programming environment for Aakash permitting programming in C, C++, Python, and Scilab.