The Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Zubin Irani on 25 May 2016 launched the multilingual knowledge portal www.bharatvani.in at Lucknow. With its launch, Bharatavani became the largest online repository of dictionaries in India.
The portal has been launched in 22 scheduled languages, which eventually will be extended to 100 more languages. It will help the government to showcase the Indian culture and heritage to the world.
This project is in line with the HRD Ministry’s efforts to not only ensure universalization of education but also towards creation of a knowledge society in the digital age.
Key features of Bharatavani Portal
Aim: It aims at brining in people of India under one portal and establishes itself as a single point online window to knowledge in and about Indian Languages, dictionaries, language IT tools and textbooks.
Goal: Its goal is to bridge the Digital and language divide, with the idea to publish as well as involve people in the Open Knowledge movement.
One Point language resource: It is the first knowledge portal of its kind in India which focuses on becoming a single point source for multiple language learning, content and technology.
Window to language diversity: It will help the government to protect, preserve and include all Indian languages through technological development without discrimination. It will also allow government to take all measures required to develop the spread of Indian languages across communities and cultures.
Fostering National Integration: It is a multilingual and cross-lingual learning tool and aims at fostering integration by providing many cross-lingual grammar books, learning courses and others. It will also allow their transliteration.
Implementation: The project is being implemented by the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysuru.
Content Published on Bharatvaani Portal
The Bharatavani Portal would publish the content in the following main sections:
• Paa Thyapustaka Kosha: Textbooks by various authorities
• Jnana Kosha: Encyclopedic Knowledge base in all languages
• Shabda Kosh: Dictionaries, Glossaries, Terminologies
• Bhasha Kosha: Language learning books
• Suchanaa Praudyogikii Kosha: It tools (right now linked to TDIL)
• Bahumaadhyama Kosha: Multimedia content
More than 130 Dictionaries, Glossaries and Terminology books have been posted on the web portal.
These dictionaries are available in text and PDF formats and its content is protected by fair usage clauses under the Indian Copyright Act.
Smriti Irani also launched Bharatavani Multi-lingual App called Bharatavani. It will enable users to search for one language text in another language as well as get meanings in different languages.
Currently the App has 35 multilingual Dictionaries and MHRD aims to extend it to 250 dictionaries in a year’s time. On the day of its launch, the app also became India’s first and largest multilingual dictionary.
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Who: Bharatavani Portal
When: 25 May 2016
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