I came across the announcement for tablet by India today. This faintly reminds me of the Rs. 500 laptop idea. I am glad that the idea is being pursued with an intention of improving education by providing access to high quality e-content.
I hope that the Government does not tightly bind it to specific content. There are some amazing educational sites out there, like Khan Academy. Secondly, I think that our education system will have to undergo some change to completely incorporate this device in the everyday school life. And that will take some time.
I will be super happy if this introduces kids to the open source concept at a young age. India has so much going in terms of open source that this can be an opportune time to educate institutions about adopting open source on a wider scale.