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Need to develop software in Indian languages stressed

Posted by egovindia on July 30, 2006

Need to develop software in Indian languages stressed

Special Correspondent

“Country needs low-cost hardware, software in languages”



FLYING HIGH: Graduates of IIIT celebrate their moment of glory after the fifth annual convocation in Hyderabad on Saturday. — Photo: P.V. Sivakumar



HYDERABAD: The former Deputy Chairman of Tata Consultancy Services, Faqir Chand Kohli, has underscored the need to develop software in languages to cater to over 900 million people in India who do not communicate in English.

“India has done well in software, which is predominantly export-oriented. But, we hardly have any software in Indian languages,” he said while delivering the fifth convocation address at the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) here on Saturday. Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy was the chief guest.

Stating that application of computers had the potential of creating more employment, Dr. Kohli said the country needed low-cost hardware/software in languages. Considerable work on language software was being done by the academia, he said, adding open software was available for applications such as Office in five languages. “By the year-end 12-14 Indian languages will be converted.”

Referring to the need for bridging the gap between IITs and other colleges, he wanted autonomy in governance and administration of other institutions. Stressing that financial autonomy was critical, he suggested proper generation, retention and utilisation of funds to build an institution.

Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy said IIIT had set the benchmark for multi-nationals for their excellent academic performance and orientation towards research. The IIIT-developed e-Sagu project had benefited over 6,000 farms and 200 fishponds in the State. He exhorted the premier institute to take up research to benefit rural masses.

Raj Reddy, IIIT chairman, said the country would play a major role in IT in the coming years. Founder-Director Narendra Ahuja and Director Rajeev Sangal spoke.

D. Santosh Kumar was awarded the IIIT gold medal for outstanding academic performance.


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