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1 December 2015

Bharatvani project: a portal to deliver knowledge in all Indian languages

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New Delhi, Dec 1 (ENA)  UGC Secretary, Jaspal Singh Sandhu has written to Vice Chancellors of all universities to provide books and material available in different Indian languages in their respective institutions to be carried in the Bharatvani project.

“Bharatvani is a project with an objective of delivering knowledge in and about all languages in India using multimedia (i.e text, audio, video, images) formats through a portal (website),” Sandhu said in his letter to the VCs on November 24. “This portal is proposed to be all inclusive, interactive, dynamic and moderated,” he added.

According to him, the idea is to make India and Open Knowledge Society, in the era of Digital India.

“It is proposed to develop it as the largest language portal in the world by aggregating multimedia content from all the Indian writers, government and non-governmental institutions, education institutions like boards of education, textbook corporations, universities, academies, publication houses, etc,” he wrote.

To accomplish the task, the UGC wishes to partner institutions which can contribute by sharing books and material already available in different scheduled Indian languages available at the Universities and their affiliated colleges in both digitized and non-digitized forms. 

UGC has also asked for names of institutions and individuals from universities who wish to donate literature in various Indian languages, latest by December-7.

India has a long history of linguistic diversity and multilingualism which extends back to several millennia.  In India, multilingualism is considered as an asset or resource.  According to the Census of India, 2001, there are 122 (scheduled and non-scheduled) languages and 234 mother tongues spoken in India. 

In order to accommodate and strengthen the oral tradition by disseminating and presenting the un-written vernaculars, disseminate country’s classical literature in different languages, develop e-content in languages/mother tongues and present country’s linguistic diversity in cyberspace, the Government of India is launching the Bharatvani project.  (ENA Bureau)

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