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Technology Development for Indian Languages, “TDIL”Government of India / DIT/MIT/TDIL has established 12 Resource Centre for Indian Language Technology Solution “RCILTS”

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Technology Development for Indian Languages, "TDIL"Government of India / DIT/MIT/TDIL has established 12 Resource Centre for Indian Language Technology Solution "RCILTS"

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Subject: Technology Development for Indian Languages, "TDIL"Government of India / DIT/MIT/TDIL has established 12 Resource Centre for Indian Language Technology Solution "RCILTS"
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Technology Development for Indian Languages, Government of India

Transiting from catch-up to competitive phase ICT is the enabling technology for productivity enhancement and socioeconomic development.

There is sprawling digital divide between nations basically due to non-affordability of IT appliances and non-availability of requisite computing facility – fonts and software tools – in local languages.

Conscious efforts are being made through UNESCO in this direction. Certain nations have also initiated their own programmes to develop information
processing tools and applications in their languages.

India has taken a major initiative towards ensuring ICT in local languages for rapid socio-economic development and participation of people at large.
With this backdrop, the national mission on  ‘Technology Development for Indian Languages’ promoted development of basic information processing tools and linguistic resources for Indian languages through academic and government
supported R&D institutions spread over the country.

There are 22 officially recognized languages and 11 scripts in vogue in India. One script may be used for more than one language. Hence, India is a unique country with multilingual, multi-script environment.

Although with her talented manpower, India has emerged as pioneer in Information Technology, with the ability, to handle turnkey projects from abroad at lower cost, higher accuracy and at faster pace.

However, purchasing power as compared to developed nations such as USA is 1/15. In India illiteracy persist at about 34.6% and literacy in English is less than 5%.

This necessitates support for R&D in the focused areas to develop basic
information processing technologies and consolidating and packaging them in user friendly form and releasing them to the masses for free-use. This will greatly promote people’s participation in the process of using this technology and developing innovative products and services.

Besides, the activities towards preparing for knowledge based society would be through the projects such as cross lingual information access, multilingual search, voice-enabled query system, etc. Report on the release of fonts and basic information processing tools for Tamil and Hindi entails list of various tools
and linguistic resources being available for free use. Similar releases will follow for other languages. ELITEX-2005 showcased the multilingual products and services under the theme “Grass root applications using ICT”.

There is lot more in the open domain which needs to be searched and integrated appropriately into user-friendly tools/ products for free use in the multilingual environment.

UNESCO downloads covers the free downloadable software on UNESCO website under different categories such as Operating System, Digital Library, Development Tools, Productivity Tools, Science, etc. Identification of such tools
and integrating them into user friendly products and services for mass use in developing countries is desirable.

Prof. R.K. Joshi, highlights the issues about Font Designing and Font Technology in the context of complex Indian scripts in great detail in the article “Indian Language: Font Designing and Font Technology”.

The article on “Smart Fonts” discusses various issues related to smart font such as what is Smart Fonts, what are different smart font formats, what is Graphite, why was Graphite developed, how is Graphite different from OpenType and other complex script technologies?

“LaTex” tool is a powerful macro-based text formatter written by Donald Knuth, and is popular in the scientific community. LaTeX is the de facto standard for the
communication and publication of scientific documents. This is in open domain and can be used for multilingual publication.

The article on “Digital Library of India” describes various activities like digitization of books, manuscripts, magazines, journals, etc., and development of Digital Library tools like Cross-lingual Information Access, Multilingual Crawler, Multimodal Interface for physically challenged, Automatic search Indexing
tools, Multimodal authoring tools, Text summarization, Folk songs search and retrieval techniques undertaken at different  centres like CDAC Kolkata, IGNCA Delhi, IIIT Hyderabad, IIIT Allahabad is covered. Greenstone: a suite of software for building and distributing fully-searchable, metadata-driven digital library, digital library collections, and features of ABBYY FineReader 7.0 Professional Edition, optical character recognition (OCR) system, with high-recognition accuracy and format retention facility are also described. These basic technologies will enhance IT applications in local languages and facilitate the country transit from catch-up phase into competitive phase.


Resource Centre for Indian Language Technology Solution "RCILTS"

Are the resource centres established by MIT, Government of India. Each one was funded with about 1.3 CRORES.  These centers are there since about atleast 5 to 10 years.

FOLLOWING EMAIL LETTER is not answered by MIT/DIT/TDIL yet. This email gives all the RCILTS centers established by TDIL/MIT/DIT of Government of INDIA.

Subject: What are these RCILTS are doing now ? Can we get some information from each center please / ALSO fro TDIL TEAM/ We had written a letter to TDIL TEAM on May 11th, 2005 //
Date: 9/24/2005 5:53:18 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time
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RCILTS means  Resource Centre for Indian Language Technology Solutions

TDIL has 11 or 12 RCILTS for different Languages

What is the status of  FOURTEEN RCILTS-Resource Centre for Indian Language Technology Solutions FUNDED by TDIL ? Can we get update on this please !!

We have not received any reply from TDIL TEAM at GOI

We have not received any reply from TDIL TEAM for our email dated May 11th, 2005.

Assamese :

Prof. Gautam Barua
Department of computer Science and engineering,
Indian Institute of  Technology ( IIT ) , Guwahati – 781 001(Assam)
Tel – 0361-2690325 Extn. 2029, 2690321 – 28 (O), 2634121 (R)
E-mail –

Bangla  :  

Prof. B.B. Chaudhary,(CI)
Head, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Unit,
Indian Statistical Institute ( ISI ), Kolkata.
Tel-033-25778085, 25777694, 25775502, 25571927(R)
Fax-25776680, 25773035

Gujarati :

Prof. Sitansu Y. Mehta,
Department of Gujarati, Faculty of arts,
M.S. Univerdity of Baroda, Baroda-390002
Tel- 0265-2792959

Gurumukhi :  

Prof. G.S. Lehal
Department of Computer Science & Engineering
Thapar Instiute of Engineering Technology
Deemed University, Patiala-147 001

Hindi :    

Prof. R.M.K. Sinha
Indian Institute of Technology ( IIT ), Kanpur-208 016
Tel-2598570(R), 2597170(O) 

Kannada :

Prof. N.J. Rao
Centre for Electronics Design and Technology(CEDT)
Indian Institute of Science ( IISc ), Bangalore-560 012
Tel-080-23092377(O), 23092378, 23092567
E-mail- / 


Shri.Ravindra Kumar
Thiruvanantpuram 695033
Ph.0471-723333 Fax0471-331654

Marathi :

Prof. Pushpak Bhattachrya (CI)
Department of Computer Science & Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology ( IIT ), Powai, Mumbai-400 076
Tel-022-25767718 (O), 25768718 / 25721955 (R)
Fax-022-25720290 / 25723480

Oriya :

Prof. (Ms) Sanghamitra Mohanty
Department of Computer Science & Appplication
Vanivihar, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar- 751004
Tel- 0674-2580216 (O), 2540868 (R)

Sanskrit :

Prof. G.V. Singh
School of Computer and Systems sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University ( JNU ), New Mehruli road, New Delhi-110 067
Tel-011-26101895 (R) / 26107676
E-mail –  /  

Tamil :  

Dr. T.V. Geetha
Co-Ordinator ( RC-ILTS-Tamil )
Sxchool of Computer Science & Engineering
Anna University, Chennai-600 025
Tel – 044 – 22351723
Fax – 044 – 22350397
E-mail –

Telugu :  

Prof. K. Narayana Murthy
Department of Computer & Information Science
University of Hyderabad, P.O. Central University
Hyderabad – 500 046
Tel – 040-23010500 Extn. 4056(D),
                  23010064(O) , 23010374(R)
Fax – 040-23010120, 23010145
E-mail –

Urdu :  

Shri M.D.Kulkarni
Center for Development of Advanced Computing ( CDAC)
Pune University, Ganesh Khind Road. Pune-411 007
Tel – 020-25652461 / 79 / 83 / 84
Fax – 91-20-25657551
E-mail –,


Subject: What is the status of  FOURTEEN RCILTS-Resource Centre for Indian Language Technology Solutions FUNDED by TDIL ? Can we get update on this please !!
Date: 5/11/2005 9:15:34 PM Pacific Daylight Time
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You all must know the progress made by these FOURTEEN RCILTS Centers. You all know that each one of the Centeres got funded to the tune of 1 to 2 Crores. Some might be even more.

Conceived in the millennium year, The Resource Centre for Indian Language Technology Solutions, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, is one of fourteen such Centres, spread all over the country,  set up to provide information in various Indian Languages in Electronic form and make them available in native languages aiding the dissemination of information to the larger masses.

Funded by The Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India, this Centre concentrates on hosting information in Assamese and Manipuri, the official languages of the North-East Indian states of Assam and Manipur.

List of Resources Centres
Resource Centre
 Languages Associated With
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
 Hindi, Nepali
Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai
 Marathi, Konkani
Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
 Assamese, Manipuri
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
 Kannada, Sanskrit (Cognitive Models)
Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
 Foreign Languages (Japanese, Chinese) & Sanskrit (Language Learning Systems)
University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
Anna University, Chennai
MS University, Baroda
Utkal University, Orissa 
Thapar Institute of Engg. & Tech., Patiala
ER & DCI, Trivandrum
CDAC, Pune
 Urdu, Sindhi, Kashmiri
We would like to find out what are the positive things that are developed by these FOURTEEN centers in different languages that are being used by people of INDIA.
Did these centeres solve the problems of Localisation of Languages in INDIA ? What was the General Direction given to these centeres when money was FUNDED to these centeres ?
Does the DIT has any signed documents o these FOURTEEN Centeres ? If YES, Can we have a copy of that please.
I hope I get reply for my questions about RCILTS.
V. M. Kumaraswamy

With all the above infrmation, WHY still LOCALIZATION of Languages in INDIA are not happenning ?


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