India is a multilingual country, with 22 constitutionally recognized languages and 12 scripts. In view of the fact that a small number of people know English in India, others are deprived of the advantages of IT development. The benefits of information technology can reach to the common people, only when software tools and human machine interface systems are available in one’s own language.
Technology Development for Indian Languages (TDIL) Programme initiated by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of communications & Information Technology, Government of India has the objective to develop information-processing tools & technologies to facilitate human machine interaction in Indian languages and also to develop technologies to create & access multilingual knowledge resources.
Initiatives have been taken for long term research for the development of the following major NLP/Language Technology areas like:
1. Machine Translation System
2. Optical Character Recognition System
3. On-line Handwriting Recognition System
4. Cross-lingual Information Access System
5. Speech Technologies & Speech Systems
6. Text Mining
7. Grammar-Based Technologies
8. Other technologies relevant to the domain of language technologies & localization
9. Capacity building in above areas
R&D projects are invited in the above areas around the year. These proposals as and when recieved are considered by the TDIL Working Group within the overall objectives of TDIL programme. The proforma and guidelines for submitting the R&D project proposal is available at http://deity.gov.in/content/schemes-and-policies .
Contact For Further Information:
Director & Head, Human Centered Computing Division,
Technology Development for Indian Languages (Room No 2072),
Ministry of Communications & Information Technology,
Department of Electronics & Information Technology,
Electronics Niketan,6,CGO Complex,
New Delhi - 110 003.