Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has disclosed that the new version of the low-cost Aakash tablet PC is expected to be available to students in November 2012. Sibal told reporters that “Hopefully in November 2012, you will see the President talking to 20,000 students across the nation who will have their hands on Aakash.” He added that Aakash, an instrument of empowerment, will feature 1 GHz processor, four-hour battery backup, capacitive screen and Android 4.0 operating system under the new version. Sibal also said “At the moment, we are actually formulating a Cabinet note for the manufacturing of five million Aakash tablets without any financial burden on the Ministry of Finance.” The tablet ‘Aakash’ was launched in October 2011 by the government to make available computing devices to students at subsidised rates. Its market price it has been decided, will be Rs. 1500.