The apex body in our country which is responsible for the maintenance of standards of higher education in the nation, UGC, has proposed an “all inclusive and interactive” knowledge portal, which will be the largest internet language site in the world. The website will contain knowledge in all the Indian languages.
UGC Secretary Jaspal Singh Sandhu has asked all the university and colleges to share their digitized and non-digitized knowledge material available in their online portals in various Indian languages for the ambitious ‘Bharatvani’ project of UGC. Jaspal Singh Sandhu has mentioned his intentions in a letter to all the vice chancellors of the recognized universities and colleges.
The letter, describing the Bharatvani project mentioned, “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). This portal is proposed to be all inclusive, interactive, dynamic and moderated.” In the letter Sandhu further mentioned that the project is aimed at accommodating and strengthening the oral tradition of the various languages and disseminate the unwritten vernaculars of the country’s classical literature to develop an assorted e-content. This will present the scenario of the present linguistic diversity through the cyberspace to countless individuals.
According to Census of India, 2001, there are 122 scheduled and non-scheduled languages and 234 mother tongues registered in India. Sandhu pointed out “It is proposed to develop it as the largest language portal in the world by aggregating multimedia content from all Indian writers, government and non-governmental institutions, institutions like boards of education, Textbook Corporation, universities, academics, publication houses etc. The idea is to make India an Open Knowledge Society, in the ear of Digital India”.